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SANCO, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Coke County, Texas Panhandle / Central Texas North

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1966

32 0' 30" N, 100 31' 26" W (32.008333, -100.523889)

East of Hwy 208 on unnamed county road
About 9 miles NW of Robert Lee the county seat
30 miles SE of Colorado City
47 miles N of San Angelo
Population: 30 (1970-2000)

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Sanco Teacher Fannie Payne and Cole Family Home
"My great grandfather George Cole is the baby" - Harley Cole
January 11, 2023

History in a Pecan Shell

The town had been named for a Comanche chief named Sanaco. Settled in what had been Tom Green County in the1880s, the area got its first post office when rancher J. L. Durham opened up his house in 1888. His home also served as a school, store and church. A Methodist church was built nearby and in 1907 the fledgling community moved there. A school was built to serve the town's children as well as students from the smaller schools of Horse Mountain and Meadow Mountain.

Sanco prospered with cotton for awhile but the boll weevil and drought ended cotton production in the 1920s. The post office closed briefly during the 20s; reopened and then closed its doors for good in the 1970s. Sanco's last business went under about that same time.

See Sleeping Woman Mountain

Sanco TX Historical Marker
Sanco Historical Marker
Photo courtesy MF Peck, July 2017

Historical Marker (From Robert Lee, take State Hwy 208 NW about 6 miles, then N on Sanco Loop about 3 miles):

Sanco

(originally located 1 mile east)

On site of prehistoric Indian camps; in area where in 1850's Fort Chadbourne soldiers often skirmished with Indians.

One of the first settlements and second pioneer post office (established 1888) in county.

Named for the Comanche Chief Sanaco, who with Chief Yellow Wolf had regularly camped here. Yellow Wolf, killed in a fight with Lipans, is buried nearby.

In 1907, new site was surveyed; town relocated here on Yellow Wolf Creek. School, post office, store, blacksmith shop moved to this new site, where Methodist church was already located.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1966.

Sanco, Texas Landmarks



Sanco TX Coke County Sanco School
Sanco School
Photo courtesy Dustin Martin, January 2018


Sanco TX Coke County Sanco School
Sanco School
Photo courtesy Dustin Martin, January 2018
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Sanco TX - Coke County, Sanco Closed Church
Sanco Closed Church
Photo courtesy Dustin Martin, January 2018


Sanco TX - Coke County, Sanco Closed Church
Photo courtesy Dustin Martin, January 2018


Sanco TX - Coke County, Sanco Closed Church
Another view of the closed church
Photo courtesy Dustin Martin, January 2018
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Sanco TX - Coke County, Sanco Closed Church
Photo courtesy Dustin Martin, January 2018


Sanco TX, Coke County, Sanco Store
Sanco Store
Photo courtesy Dustin Martin, January 2018


Sanco TX, Coke County, Sanco Store  warning sign
Sanco Store warning sign
Photo courtesy Dustin Martin, January 2018


Sanco TX store with cactus
Sanco Store
Photo courtesy MF Peck, July 2017


Sanco TX, Coke County , Sanco building
Building next to the Sanco Store
Photo courtesy Dustin Martin, January 2018


Sanco TX Abandoned House
Abandoned house
Photo courtesy Dustin Martin, January 2018


Sanco TX Abandoned House
Abandoned house
Photo courtesy Dustin Martin, January 2018


Sanco TX, Coke County
Photo courtesy Dustin Martin, January 2018


Sanco TX Coke County  Post Office info
Sanco TX Coke County 1912 postmark
Post card canceled with Sanco, TX 1912 postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection

Sanco, Texas Update

December 28, 2019
"Iron man in Sanco was vandalized, head torn off then stolen. The Church has been broken into again despite very clear/plain sign. Folks are leaving stones on Chickasaw Lady's grave (on the right going in) Sanco Cemetery. There is Rock Art display at Coke County Library in Robert Lee...some of the items come from around Sanco. Fresh collapse of mountain side (landslide on Sanco Road (runs North/South). If you come to any of the local DAYS/Events...I usually have a table of Portable Rock Art" - Art Burnett, PantherGap.com



Sleeping Woman Mountain

TX -  Sleeping Woman Mountain
Sleeping Woman Mountain
Photo courtesy Art Burnett, June 2015

"Howdy, Not to throw rocks...folks are missing a huge part of Sanco/Coke County. If you care to take a little more time than just breeze thru Sanco, start by stopping at Sanco sign on Hwy 208. Look S/SW across Colorado River at Sleeping Woman Mountain. Summer sunrise...Solstice passes across Sanco up the Valley to high light Sleeping Woman. No imagination needed as she is most of a mile long.

Driving north on Hwy 208 thru Panther Gap to semi ghost town of Silver, best done in the afternoon light, one comes to the King of Silver. His head is some two hundred feet tall easily viewed from Hwy 208 off North side of Hwy.

These are but two of what I believe [to be] an ancient religious site some fifty miles in diameter...." - Art Burnett, PantherGap.com, June 19, 2015

Map - Coke County Texas 1920
Coke County 1920s map showing Sanco and other ghost towns
Courtesy General Land Office

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Texas Panhandle | Central Texas North

Sanco, Texas Nearby Towns:
Robert Lee | Colorado City | San Angelo
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