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BORACHO, TEXAS

Nothing left but the Cemetery

Texas Ghost Town
Culberson County, West Texas
U.S. Highway 80
10 Miles W of Kent
26 Miles E of Van Horn

Population: 0

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History in a Pecan Shell

Founded in the early 1880s when the railroads were on their competitive rush toward Van Horn, the name may have been inspired by a prank played on the Texas Pacific track-laying crew by the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio gandy dancers. Supposedly the GH&SA sent a Trojan horse (a wagonload of whiskey) to the T&P workers. Unable to resist the present, the T&P crew overdid it and were unable to work until they sobered up. The spot was named Boracho, a corruption of the Spanish word borracho (“drunk”). The more likely origin is that it was named after the 5,661 Boracho Peak in neighboring Jeff Davis County – within sight of the workers.

The would-be community never developed beyond a post office. No population figures are available. The post office closed in 1912 and today only a small cemetery remains.
Culberson County Texas 1920s old map
1920s map showing Boracho and Boracho Peak
(Near Jeff Davis County line)
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Boracho, Texas
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