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    PINE SPRINGS, TEXAS

    “The Windiest Town in Texas”

    Culberson County, West Texas
    U.S. Highway 62/180
    About 60 Miles N of Van Horn

    About 3 Miles S of Guadalupe Peak
    (Guadalupe Mountain National Park)
    Population: 00020

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    Pine Springs TX markers
    Markers in Pine Springs
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, May 2009
    History in a Pecan Shell

    The site was well-known as stopping point for those crossing Guadalupe Pass. In 1858 it became a stop on the Butterfield Overland Stage Mail route. The company designated the stop as “The Pinery.” The stop was moved south within its first year of operation for the protection offered by Forts Davis and Stockton.

    In 1870 it was used as a base for scouting expeditions against the Mescalero Apaches. After the Indian threat had vanished, the site was employed by those heading west across the mountains. A man by the name of Walter Glover bought the land in 1907 and started a ranch.

    When U.S. Highway 62 was opened in 1928, Walter and Bertha Glover went into the café business to provide nourishment for motorists. After the death of Walter, Bertha remained at the helm until her death in 1982.

    The population in 1942 was reportedly 50 residents which grew to 70 in the mid 1940s before falling to a mere 10 people twenty years later.

    The post office closed in 1943. The Guadalupe Mountains National Park opened in 1972 with the opening, the population of Pine Springs doubled to 20 residents – the same number used for the 1990 and 200 count.


    Photographer's Note:
    The Pine Springs Stage Stand is/was located right at the what is now the highest roadway in Texas, officially 5,695 feet. The grocery store/gas station which served the area for many years is now long gone. The new headquarters building of the Guadalupe Mountains National Park is not from from the old stage stop.
    Pine Springs TX Centennial Marker
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, May 2009
    Pine Springs TX Centennial Marker text
    Ruins of "The Pinery" Texas Centennial Marker
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, May 2009
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    Pine Springs TX Markers
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, May 2009
    Pine SpringsTX - Pinery Ruins
    To Pinery Ruins
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, May 2009
    Pine SpringsTX - Pinery Ruins
    The Pinery Ruins
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, May 2009
    Pine Springs Tx - Airmen Memorial
    Airmen Memorial
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, May 2009
    Pine Springs Tx - Altitude Sign
    The highest roadway in Texas
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, May 2009
    Pine Springs Tx - Gas Up Sign
    The Gas Up Warning sign in New Mexico just south of White's City.
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, May 2009
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