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CLINT, TEXAS

El Paso County, West Texas

I-20 and FM 1110
16 miles SE of downtown El Paso
Population: 980 (2000)

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J. J. Schairer Block, Clint,  Texas
J. J. Schairer Block, Clint, Texas 1920s
Photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com

History in a Pecan Shell

The Clint post office was established in 1886, but the town was known as San Elizario Station since it was on the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio railroad line. The San Elizario Corporation (see Salt Flat) sold the land to a J. Cole who sold it to Thom. Collins in 1883. Thomas' wife was Mary Clinton Collins and it is she that the town was named after.

According to the Handbook of Texas Online, Clint had a population of 100 people more or less in 1890. They report that the town at that time had a general store, a fruit grower and a hotel. We suppose the hotel put people up while they waited for the fruit to ripen. Although no mention is made of what fruit was grown, by 1896, eight more people were growing it.

The ups and downs of Clint are reflected in its census. 600 people in the 20s - 250 in the mid-30s - 550 in the 40s and down to 417 in the early 70s. Sometime in the 70s they welcomed the 1,000th citizen and in the late 80s it was 1,883. We hope someone will inform us of the latest census figures. In 1990 it was 1, 035.

Clint Texas Forum

Subject: Clint, Texas History Book
Dear Texas Escapes, I was raised in this town (Clint, Texas) and have lived here since 1939. At the time Clint had the hotel and mercantile, it also had a bank or two. Had a doctor and a post office all the way to the 1920's or 40's. Then Texas 20 (Alameda Ave.) came about and the businesses moved there. Some had already closed. If you will give an address I will send you the first and only history book written about the town of Clint. I hope to write a second one in the near future. Just waiting for some "construction" to finish taking place. - Minerva Cheatum, Clint, Texas, August 30, 2006

Our thanks to Mr. Garza who recommended Clint for inclusion.
El Paso County TX 1940s Map
El Paso County 1940s Map Showing Clint
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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