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ANTHONY, TEXAS

El Paso County, West Texas
Highway 20
16 Miles NW of Downtown El Paso
on the New Mexico State Line

Population: 3,850 (2000)

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History in a Pecan Shell

A chapel built prior 1884 to honor St. Anthony of Padua is the reason for the name. A post office was granted on the New Mexico side but never opened. A post office on the Texas side opened in 1932 - the same year a Federal Prison called La Tuna was opened. The post office closed in 1965 and for sometime the town was called "La Tuna."

There were less than 50 people living in Anthony in the 1940s, but after incorporation, it soon grew to over 1,000 residents. Another growth spurt occured in the 1970s when it reached a population of 2,154. A post office opened in 1981 and the population has since increased to the present 3,850.

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