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NUBIA, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Taylor County, Panhandle / Central Texas N
FM 126
10 Miles S of Merkel
27 Miles SW of Abilene
Population: Unknown

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History in a Pecan Shell

Nubia was first settled around 1874 - seven years before the railroad arrived. Settlers were enticed by ads in eastern publications. The town got a boost with the arrival of the railroad and soon the town had all the businesses to insure longevity. A post office was opened in 1888 - but there's no explanation for the exotic name.

Nubia's first school was built in 1900 and the post office closed in 1917. Cotton, maize, wheat and some sugarcane was grown with the cotton being sent to Abilene for ginning. With the building of Camp Barkeley in 1940, Nubia suffered. Land was purchased by the government and compensation was slight. Advances in farming techniques and WWII depleted Nubia's population and by 1947 only twenty Nubians were living there supported by a single business.

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Taylor County Texas 1907 Postal map
1907 Taylor County postal map showing Nubia (near Nolan/Taylor County line)
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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