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FINLAY, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Hudspeth County, West Texas

31 15' 31" N, 105 37' 48" W (31.258611, -105.63)
On the Southern Pacific Railroad
17 miles W of Sierra Blanca
W of Van Horn
SE of Fort Hancock & El Paso
Population: 0

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History in a Pecan Shell

Named after settler J. R. Finlay, who also loaned his name for the nearby mountain range, a post office was established in 1890 but never officially opened. A second one was established in 1903 and in 1914 the town was described as "a rural post office" on the Galveston, Harrisburg & San Antonio Railway.

The town's most notable business was a grocery. By the mid-1930s Finlay's estimated population was twenty-five but the town seems to have grown during the Great Depression. In the mid 1940s there were 100 Findlayans there, but in the early 1970s it was only a railroad stop.

Finlay TX Hudspeth County 1906 Postmark
Finlay TX Hudspeth County 1906 Postmark
Cover canceled with Finlay TX 1906 postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Hudspeth County Texas 1940s map
Hudspeth County 1940s map showing Finlay W of Sierra Blanca
From Texas state map #4335

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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Finlay, Texas Nearby Towns:
Sierra Blanca | Van Horn | Fort Hancock | El Paso
See Hudspeth County | West Texas

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