I’m taking part in the A-Z April Blog Challenge.
Join me every day (except Sundays) throughout April for the next letter in the alphabet and a look at one of the interesting small towns in Texas!
Something different on each Letter of the alphabet!
Virginia City is now a ghost town located 2 Miles SE of the Juncture of FM 298 and FM 173 1 and 25 Miles Southwest of Muleshoe.
It was platted on March 13, 1909, by Matthew C. Vaughn and Samuel D. McCloud. The original townsite called for a lot reserved for a courthouse and others for schools, churches, and a park. The same year it was platted, an Iowa land company bought the site and advertised for prospective buyers. A hotel was constructed to accommodate the hoped-for crush of buyers. A railroad roadbed was graded in Virginia City and is thought to have been a silent persuasive tactic (in short – a trick).It wasn’t as bad as tying apples to Mesquite trees, but in any case it didn’t work and within a few years the future town was already in the past.The venture failed, and the town was abandoned by 1913.
A Quonset barn is the only building that is left in this area.
In 2013, the town will celebrate its Centennial of Abandonment!
Tomorrow we will leave this area and head toward Washington on the Brazos! One of the most historical small towns in Texas.