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ETHOLEN, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Hudspeth County, West Texas
4 Miles W of of Sierra Blanca
SE of El Paso
W of Van Horn
Alongside of the Southern Pacific tracks
Population: 0

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History in a Pecan Shell

Named after the Etholen Knobs, a local group of buttes, the town is something of a minor mystery. While it appears on older maps and had a reported population around 25 as late as 1945, sources differ on the date of settlement. One states the town had a post office prior to 1884 while another gives a date of 1885. Whatever the facts on it's beginning, the proximity to Sierra Blanca was an obstacle in its development. It stopped appearing on maps in the 1960s.
Hudspeth County Texas 1940s map
1940s Hudspeth County map showing Etholen just West of Sierra Blanca
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Etholen, Texas
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