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WINCHELL, TEXAS

Brown County, Texas Panhandle

31 28' 20" N, 99 9' 39" W (31.472222, -99.160833)
Highway 377
21 miles SW of Brownwood the county seat
near the McCulloch County line
Population: 10 (estimated)

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End of the condemned Winchell Bridge , Texas

Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2007

Winchell's Old Bridge on the Colorado River

History in a Pecan Shell

Winchell came into being around 1900 under the name of Brown Town or Broadtown, named after local storekeeper E. J. Broad.

The change to Winchell occurred around 1903 with the arrival of the Fort Worth and Rio Grande Railway. B. L. Winchell was the president of the railroad. A depot and other businesses soon opened near the rails and by 1914 the town had a cotton gin and a population of 300.

The town experienced a devastating fire in the mid-1920 and never rebuilt. The schools consolidated with other districts in the 1930s and 40s.

From 1940 to the 1960s, the town reported a population of 90 which has since fallen to an estimated 10.

Winchell, Texas Landmarks

Winchell Tx city limit
Entering Winchell
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2007
Winchell Cemetery, Winchell Texas
Winchell Cemetery
Photo courtesy Jim & Lou Kinsey, September 2004
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Winchell Tx - Rock Steel Tank
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2007
Winchell Tx Closed Gas Station
An old closed gas station
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2007
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Winchell, Texas store, closed
Closed store in Winchell
Photo courtesy Jim & Lou Kinsey, 9-2004
Winchell, Texas store and owner, 1920s old photo
Luther Lindsey (in the white hat) in front of his store in 1920
Photo courtesy John Lindsey
Winchell Bridge over Colorago River, Texas
South end of the Colorado River bridge at Winchell, missing 60' of approach, with exposed end.
Photo courtesy Judy McBride, January 2008

Winchell, Texas Forum

  • Subject: Winchell's Old Bridge on the Colorado
    My grandmother Anna Shackelford and her husband Guy currently reside in Winchell. There is a long dirt road from Winchell that leads to her house by a small canyon near the Colorado river. There is another dirt road that leads from her house out into the woods. On several visits I walked down this road and came upon an old bridge foundation that at one time was a bridge for Winchell school kids, but is now just two large stone structures on both sides of the river. There is also what appears to be the foundation of a home or a store below the one of the stone piers. It is a very quiet and undisturbed place. I've always wondered about that bridge, what happened to it and if anybody has any memories of it? - Lance Carthen, January 31, 2007

  • Subject: Winchell Old Photo
    I have a photo of one of my multi-great uncles (Luther Lindsey) in front of his store in 1920. I was hoping to try to find more info on him. Last I heard he was/is buried in Brownwood. He's the one in the white hat. Just another one of those mysteries of "what ever happened to..." - John Lindsey, June 04, 2005
  • TX Brown County 1920s Map
    Brown County 1920s map showing Winchell
    near McCulloch County line
    From Texas state map #10749
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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    Winchell, Texas Nearby Towns:
    Brownwood the county seat
    Brown County
    McCulloch County

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