on a Pinhead
The name is said to be Spanish for a ceramic jar meant to hold water.
The town, such as it was, hardly developed beyond the railroad station
that was originally built by the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railroad
when its line was extended from Paisano about 1930.
After the KCM&O became the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe, Tinaja remained
as a station.
was made by a natural spring."
Vintage photo courtesy Lola and Jean Hall
of the 1940s
Tinaja, Texas had
a railroad water tank, many shade trees and very special, natural
spring-fed swimming pool. The bottom of the pool was a rock bottom.
It even had a diving board. Our good Daddy had made it long ago for
his daughters. It had quite a few trees in it, so our Daddy cleaned
it out some and we got to enjoy it. What a wonderful treat! The Santa
Fe Railroad built a water tower there for the train engine to water
up to make the trip on down to Presidio.
From Life on a West
Texas Paint Train in the 1940s
by the Hall Sisters
1940s map showing Tinaja in northwestern Presidio
near Brewster County line
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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