Date: August 4, 1974
Description: Thurber in the 1920's was the largest city between Ft. Worth and Abilene. A Company town, wholly owned by Texas and Pacific Coal Company, it had its own school system, a hotel, a general store that stocked whatever the inhabitants wanted, two saloons, an opera house, a town band, a semi-professional baseball team, two city lakes, and a golf course. It was the first town in Texas to have gas and electricity in every home. The town furnished coal to the Texas & Pacific Railway. Pea coal that the T&P refused was used to start a brick plant, using local clay. Thurber brick was used to build the Galveston Sea Wall after the disastrous hurricane of 1900, to pave the streets of Ft. Worth, and a brick highway from Mineral Wells to Ft. Worth. The Company discovered the Ranger oil field in 1917 that fueled the World War I effort. When the T&P railway switched from coal to the more convenient oil to fuel its steam engines, it marked the end of the Thurber coal industry. The Company shut down the Thurber operation in 1931, and demolished the town except for the remnant shown in this picture. It has been ...
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