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    BOMARTON, TEXAS

    Texas Ghost Town
    Baylor County, Panhandle / North Central Texas
    Highway 277 and FM 1152
    2 miles E of the Knox County Line
    11 miles SW of Seymour
    61 miles SW of Wichita Falls
    13 miles NE of Munday
    Population 23 (2000)

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    Downtown Bomarton
    Photo courtesy Carolyn Loffler

    Bomarton History in a Pecan Shell

    This once-prosperous town was named for settler W. H. Bomar. Things got off to a promising start with the arrival of the Wichita Valley Railroad in 1906. Bomarton was now connected to both Seymour and Abilene. A post office in the store of Tom McClure was established the same year. By 1910 Bomarton had had a school for three years and two churches that were constructed about the same time.

    Two cotton gins were soon added to the town's list of businesses and Bomarton had an innovative public grazing area dairy cattle.

    From a population of 580 in 1920, Bomarton reached its high-water mark in 1930 with 600 Bomartonites. The town sailed through the Great Depression with a decline of only 2 people. But the town wasn't so lucky after WWII when it dropped dramatically. By 1960 it was already down to 150 and twenty years later there were only 27 people calling the place home. The 1990 figure was given as 23 and was used again on the 2004 map.
    St. John's Catholic Church in Bomarton

    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2005
     
    The sanctuary

    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2005
     
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    Ghost sign in Bomarton

    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2005
     

    Bomarton, Texas Forum

    Subject: Bomarton, Texas
    Dear TE, I was reading what you have about Bomarton, Texas. I lived there from about the age of three until I was 10 yrs. old. I started school there and have fond memories [of that town]. My parents & grandparents lived there many years. I am sending this photo (see top photo) of Bomarton. I don't know the year it was taken since it was handed down to me from my uncle's estate. I remember [during] my time there, we had three grocery stores, two gas stations, three churches, the school and the post office. - Carolyn Loffler, September 30, 2006
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