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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 (2000, 1990)

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Sparenberg TX - Dawson County Cotton Gin
Sparenberg Cotton Gin
Photo courtesy Dusty Martin, January 2018
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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 2000 census.
Sparenberg TX - Dawson County Cotton storage  or  living quarter
Photo courtesy Dusty Martin, January 2018
Sparenberg TX - Dawson County closed store
Sparenberg closed corner store
Photo courtesy Dusty Martin, January 2018
Sparenberg TX - Dawson County Grace Lutheran Cemetery
Grace Lutheran Cemetery
Photo courtesy Dusty Martin, January 2018
Sparenberg TX - Dawson County Grace Lutheran Cemetery
Grace Lutheran Cemetery
Photo courtesy Dusty Martin, January 2018
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Sparenberg TX Dawson Co 1936 Postmark  info
Sparenberg TX Dawson Co 1936 Postmark
Cover canceled with Sparenberg, TX 1936 postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Dawson County Texas 1920s map
1920s Dawson County map showing Sparenberg
(In SE Dawson County, near Martin, Howard and Borden County line)
From Texas state map #10749
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.


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