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BRADSHAW, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Taylor County, Texas Panhandle / West Texas

Highway 83
28 Miles S of Abilene the county seat
12 Miles N of Winters
1.5 Miles N of the Runnels County Line
Population: 61 (2000)

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Bradshaw Texas sign and landscape
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007

History in a Pecan Shell

Bradshaw was born in 1909 with the approach and arrival of the Santa Fe Railroad. The town of Audra, two miles west, was bypassed by the railroad and Bradshaw inherited their population, small though it was.

The town was named to honor land-donor C. M. Bradshaw who gave the railroad a right-of-way. The town prospered (bolstered by the former residents of Audra) and by 1910 there were already two grocery stores, a mercantile store, a blacksmith, butcher, and druggist.

By 1914, the town had added a bank, and hotel. A Baptist and Christian joined the existing Methodist church. The prosperous 20s were kind to Bradshaw and by the onset of the Great Depression, it had a healthy population of 450 people. Improved highway construction during the 30s shortened the 28 miles to Abilene and the town suffered from its proximity.

Over the years, the school closed and the post office. By 1988 there was only an estimated 25 people living in the vicinity. Bradshaw remains on the state map and is featured in T. Lindsay Baker's book More Ghost Towns of Texas.
Bradshaw Texas mercantile, grocery & Hardware store
Bradshaw mercantile
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007
Bradshaw Texas Dry Goods ghost sign
Ghost sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007
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Bradshaw Texas closed store
A closed store
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007
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Bradshaw Cemetery gate, Texas

Bradshaw Cemetery
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007
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Bradshaw  Baptist Church 1947 cornerstone, Texas
Bradshaw Baptist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007
The 1947 Bradshaw Baptist Church cornerstone
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007
Bradshaw Texas closed  church
A closed church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007
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Bradshaw Texas junkyard with burnt cars
Junkyard
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007
Taylor County Texas 1940s map
1940s Taylor County map showing Bradshaw
Just above Runnels County line

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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