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    SPARENBERG, TEXAS

    Texas Ghost Town
    Dawson County, Texas Panhandle
    FM 828 and FM 26
    14 miles SE of Lamesa
    NW of Big Spring
    NE of Midland
    Population: 20 (1990)

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    History in a Pecan Shell

    George Sparenberg, postmaster at Big Spring in neighboring Howard County helped one G. H. Gartin apply for a post office at his Dawson County store.

    The post office was granted in 1903 and operated until 1954 with Gartin serving as first postmaster.

    The community that grew around the store was named in honor of Sparenberg for his assistance in securing the post office.

    The town had a population of 200 in 1920, and according to the Handbook of Texas, this was the town’s highest reported population. By 1930 there were only 75 residents. The population remained below 100 – dropping down to only 20 in 1980 – where it remained for the 1990 census.
    Dawson County Texas 1920s map
    1920s Dawson County Map showing Sparenberg
    (SE Dawson County)
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

    Sparenberg, Texas Forum

    The correct spelling is Sparenberg with an 'e' not Sparenburg with a 'u' The difference between the two is German vs British spelling (the family name is German in origin) Thank you. - James Sparenberg, January 25, 2006

    This Sparenberg page was suggested for inclusion by Susan Bergstrom, a direct descendant of the town’s namesake.

    Texas Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history and/or vintage/historic photos, please contact us.

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