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    VIGO PARK, TEXAS

    Texas Ghost Town
    Swisher County, Texas Panhandle
    FM 146 and FM 2301
    Between Palo Duro and Tule Canyons
    53 mils SE of Amarillo
    10 miles S of Wayside
    17 miles E of Happy

    Population: 31 (estimate)

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    Vigo Park School, Texas
    The old Vigo Park school, now a community center.
    Photo courtesy Suzan Caudle, Lubbock, TX

    History in a Pecan Shell

    The towns name comes from Vigo and Parke counties in Indiana – the former homes of the settlers recruited by the Indiana-Texas Land Company. The company had purchased a large tract of the JA Ranch and developed it around 1906. A post office was granted in 1907 under “Vio” - an apparent misspelling of Vigo. In 1908 the word Park was added.

    Vigo Park never got a railroad, but wells helped the residents irrigate their property and the town managed to hold its own, although the population was only 40 in 1940.

    "The School opened in 1918 and boasted up to 100 students at it's peak. It closed in 1947. The building was restored recently by the residents of Vigo Park." - David Higgins

    Vigo Park Store, Texas
    The store opened in 1907 as a 2-story structure with Dr & lawyer offices on the 2nd floor. It closed in 2004 and was the last surviving business.
    Photo courtesy Suzan Caudle
    Vigo Park post office box
    Vigo Park, Texas 79088
    "The Post Office is still operating, with a total of 16 P.O. boxes" - David Higgins

    Photo courtesy Suzan Caudle, Lubbock, TX
    San Jacinto School
    The old San Jacinto School 3 miles East of Vigo Park
    Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, April 2004
    Vigo Park, Texas Forum

    Subject: Vigo Park, TX
    According to the article, the Vigo Park Store was the last surviving business. That is incorrect. They still have a café that is owned and operated by Rosa Lee McBride, 84 or 85, who still does the cooking. I just came from there – she doesn’t have a sign because everyone knows where she is. It is a caring community and if she gets “down”, the community keeps the café going for her! - Linda Paschall, February 14, 2012

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