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TOLBERT, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Wilbarger County, Texas Panhandle / North Central Texas

Highway 287 near the Intersection of FM 432
About 5 Miles NW of Vernon
Population: 00030 (2000)

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History in a Pecan Shell

The town had originally been named Wheatland when it came into being in the late 1880s as a stop on the Fort Worth and Denver Railroad. Postal authorities rejected the application for a post office under the name Wheatland, so a new submission was drawn up to honor Wilbarger County Judge J. R. Tolbert. The newly named post office opened in June of 1890.

Early population figure are unavailable but estimates from 1910 to 1930 place the number of residents at near 1,000. Supplying water to a town that large was problematic and by 1930 the population was declining at an alarming rate. The post office closed its doors in the 1930s and by the 1940 Census Tolbert's residents numbered just 75.

The population has remained around 30 from the 1950s to the present. The town remains on county maps where a cemetery is shown on the southside of highway 287.
Tolbert TX 1912 Postmark
Tolbert TX 1912 Postmark
Postcard cancelled with Tolbert TX 1912 Postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Wilbarger County TX 1907 Postal Map
Wilbarger County TX 1907 Postal Map showing Tolbert
between Vernon & Chillicothe

Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Tolbert, Texas
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