|El Paso County
1930 Highway Map Showing White Spur
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
in a Pecan Shell
The town of
White Spur is not listed in the Handbook of Texas. Our knowledge
of the town comes from an unidentified reader who asked what had
become of White Spur?
The letter follows:
I went to school in the third grade at White Spur in 1937 or 1938.
White spur was not too far east of El
Paso on a main highway that had the railroad north of it. We
lived [at] an intersection where another highway crossed the tracks.
The White Spur School was west of where we lived. There was also
a cotton gin a little further west. My sister has said that they
had converted the school to a museum. There was also a Baptist church
somewhere close to the school with the Reverand Brooks preaching.
I also went to Lamar and Morehead [schools] in El
Paso. - (Name lost, editor's apology)
White Spur - El Paso
While I question the "ghost town" designation for the former community,
I can clarify further its former location. I have no idea when it
was annexed to El Paso, but
it was in the county until sometime in the 1950s. I'm attaching
a screen capture of Google maps
which I have further annotated to refer to questions on your web
site that a couple of people asked.
The White Spur Park is a latter day addition by the city and was
not there at the time the community was actively known as White
Spur. The "Mt. Franklin Christian Academy" is the approximate location
on Sunset Rd. of the Baptist church of the same name and may incorporate
the former church building. The White Spur school may no longer
exist, but there is another old school building still standing in
the community that abutted White Spur on the south, known as Courchene
Before annexation, and construction of IH-10, the only development
in White Spur was along the west side of Doniphan Drive. West of
Doniphan was farm land and accessible only by the RR crossing at
- Jack Schuller - native born El Pasoan, November 13, 2011
In 1943 my father was in the U.S .Immigration Service, and he was
transferred to El Paso where
he was employed at the bridge from El
Paso to Juarez. I was enrolled in the White Spur Elementary
school in the 6th grade. My sister was enrolled in the second grade.
I recall my 6th graded teacher was Mrs Saunders, 7th Grade teacher
Mrs Parsons, and 8th Grader teacher, Mrs Walker. I was not in the
5th grade, the teacher was Mrs Thurman. I believe the school is
still there, it is a red brick 2 story office building on Donathon
St. I was in El Paso last
August 2011, and I saw the building. Unfortunately I have no pictures.
My family moved from here in 1945. The kids that graduated from
the grammar school were bussed to El
Paso. - John Calvin Darst, March 23, 2012
Location of White Spur, Texas
I have attached
a letter from the National Archives that tells the location of White
Spur, TX. - Jerry Lobdill, October 21, 2010
22, 1906 letter from
Commissioner-General of Immigration, Washington D.C.
click on image to enlarge text
|Portion of above
letter concerning White Spur
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