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SILVER VALLEY, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Coleman County, Texas Panhandle/Hill Country
Highway 84
10 Miles N of Coleman
Population
20 (1990)

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History in a Pecan Shell

The origin of the name is unknown but the town dates from 1886 when B. E. Smith and B. R. Brown settled here. in the late 1890s a store opened and after a post office was granted it opened inside the store. In 1910 the post office moved alongside the tracks of the Pecos and Northern Texas Railroad.

Silver Valley had 67 people present for the 1940 Census which has since dwindled to 20 - the figure given for both 1980 and 1990.
Silver Valley Texas home
Photo courtesy David Buck

Silver Valley Texas Forum

  • Subject: Silver Valley
    Dear Texas Escapes, My father, Rex Buck, was born in this home at Silver Valley, Texas in 1928. Unfortunately, this home burned down in the late 1990's. His father, Oscar Buck, came to Coleman County from Arkadelphia AR as a young man about the turn of the century. My grandfather was active in politics as Chair of the Coleman County Democratic Party, farmed parcels of north-central Coleman County, owned and ran the store at Echo and sold insurance from an office above the Owl Drug store in Coleman until his retirement in the late 1940's. Thank you for your informative [magazine] and the smiles it brings. - David Buck, June 11, 2007

  • Silver Valley was suggested for inclusion by Rebekah Latham who wrote: "Ten miles north of Coleman, Texas, on Hwy. 84 is a ghost town: Silver Valley. My husband was the student pastor of the Baptist church there in 1949-1951 while attending Howard Payne College, now University, in Brownwood. The small congregation met in the old abandoned school house, and there were portions of sidewalks among the weeds in the area. There was one small general store operating on the highway at that time."

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