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VINTON, TEXAS

El Paso County, West Texas

3157'28"N 10635'56"W (31.957659, -106.598817)

On the eastern bank of the Rio Grande River
near the Southern Pacific Railroad.
15 Miles NW of El Paso the county seat
Population: 2,043 Est. (2018)
1,971 (2010) 1,892 (2000) 605 (1990)

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History

By Clint Skinner

Located fifteen miles northwest of El Paso, Vinton lies on the eastern bank of the Rio Grande River near the Southern Pacific Railroad. First inhabited by Native Ameicans, the area was used by the Spaniards as a resting place and water stop along El Camino Real. The travelers named it La Salinera because the area had an abundance of salt cedar trees. Starting in 1857, the town served as a stop along the San Antonio-San Diego Mail Line. Butterfiels Overland Mail began its service in the area a year later and continued until 1861.

John C. Vinton established plans in 1881 for the Southern Pacific Railroad to build a track though the town. In honor of the surveyor, the residents named their home after him. Even though a post office opened in 1892, Vinton was not incorporated until 1962. The population reached 271 during the 1980s and more than doubled in the 1990s. The turn of the century revealed an odd statistic for the town, showing a population which matched the exact year when the first post office was built. A decade later, the number of citizens rose to 1,971.
© Clint Skinner
Bibliography

  • Vintontx.govoffice2.com
  • Tshaonline.org
  • Wikipedia.org
  • Bestplaces.net

  • Vinton TX El Paso County post office info
    Vinton TX El Paso County 1925 Postmark
    Postcard canceled with Vinton, TX 1925 postmark
    Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
    El Paso County TX 1907 Postal Map
    1907 El Paso County postal map showing Vinton
    From Texas state map #2090
    Click here to get full map

    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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