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WINDTHORST, TEXAS

On the Archer-Clay County Line, Panhandle / North Central Texas

Highway 25, 281 and FM 174
10 miles E of Archer City
25 miles S of Wichita Falls
Population: 402 (2010) 440 (2000) 367 (1990)

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St Marys Catholic Church, Windhorst Texas
St. Mary's Catholic Church in Windthorst
January 2004 photo courtesy Barclay Gibson
History in a Pecan shell

Windthorst, like several other north Texas communities was settled by German Catholics who has transmigrated from the North. The namesake was Ludwig Windthorst, a Catholic statesman back in the "Old Country." St. Mary's Catholic Church was built on the hill, replacing an earlier simple wooden cross. After burning and several reconstructions, the church building still stands today.

The community dates from 1891 when 75,000 acres of the Clark Plumb Pasture Company was sold. Developers, eager to establish a town put up the money for the church, a rectory and a school. In 1892 the post office had been granted under the name Windthorst and the next year brought 40 families into the community. Within two years another 35 families had arrived.

Windthorst became known as the dairy capital of North Texas. The church school became public sometime in the 1920s. The population had reached 1,000 by the late 1970s although it has since declined to 367 in 1990, and rose to 440 in 2000.
Windthorst TX - St. Mary's Catholic Church

Photo courtesy Holly Gibson, April 2015

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St Marys Catholic Church altar, Windhorst Texas
St. Mary's Catholic Church altar
January 2004 photo courtesy Barclay Gibson
St Marys Catholic Church balcony, Windhorst Texas
St. Mary's Catholic Church balcony
January 2004 photo courtesy Barclay Gibson
St Marys Catholic Church, Windhorst Texas
Another view of the St. Mary's Catholic Church
January 2004 photo courtesy Barclay Gibson

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