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Life in Eastland County Tx 1800 to 1950

 

Eastland County, Texas from 1800's to 1950 as pictured in archived government photographs, vintage postcards, old school yearbooks and newspapers from Carbon, Cisco, Desdemona, Eastland, Gorman, Olden, Ranger and Rising Star. Click on photos to view larger.

 

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Ranger Train Depot in 1901Ranger Train Depot in 1901

Sometime between 1901 and 1907 hundreds of men gathered at the railroad depot in Ranger Texas

Downtown Ranger Texas in 1900sDowntown Ranger Texas in 1900s

Nice photo of downtown Ranger Texas in the early 1900s

Birds Eye View Ranger Texas 1918Birds Eye View Ranger Texas 1918

Great bird's eye view of Ranger Texas in 1918 with old cars, dance hall, bath house, drug store and barber shops

Olden Texas in 1900Olden Texas in 1900

Nice view of Main Street in Olden Texas in 1900 with several men standing on horse-drawn wagon and others milling about

Horse Drawn Wagon Stuck in MudHorse Drawn Wagon Stuck in Mud

In 1900 a horse-drawn wagon hauling hay has was mired in a mud hole on a dirt street in Ranger Texas

Commerce Street in Eastland TexasCommerce Street in Eastland Texas

Commerce Street looking East in Eastland Texas in early 1950s

Panoramic View of Ranger Texas in 1919Panoramic View of Ranger Texas in 1919

Rare panoramic aerial view of Ranger Texas in 1919

Sam's General StoreSam's General Store

Sometime in the late 1800s the local band and a group of women and children posed in front of Sam's General Store in Eastland Texas

Side Street in Desdemona Texas in 1920sSide Street in Desdemona Texas in 1920s

A side street in Desdemona Texas in the 1920s where you could pick up a casing crew for your oil well or fill your belly at the Wide-A-Awake Buffet or get a hair cut at the barber shop

Desdemona Texas in 1918Desdemona Texas in 1918

Very interesting photo of Desdemona Texas in 1918 with buildings backed up against oil derricks and old cars and horse-drawn wagons double parked in front of the buildings

Duke Street in Desdemona in 1920sDuke Street in Desdemona in 1920s

Classic photo of Duke Street in Desdemona Texas in 1920s with horse drawn wagons, period cars and trucks...

Downtown Desdemona Texas in 1920sDowntown Desdemona Texas in 1920s

Cars parked along street as a horse drawn wagon makes its way in front of Jim's Cafe, and two drug stores in Desdemona Texas in the 1920s

Desdemona Street Scene in 1920sDesdemona Street Scene in 1920s

In Desdemona Texas in the 1920s a lone man on a horse rides past cars parked on both sides of the dirt street in front of the City Hotel, First National Bank and cafe's on both sides of the street.

Street Scene in Cisco in 1920sStreet Scene in Cisco in 1920s

1920s street scene in Cisco Texas featuring 5-story building, stores, period cars and pedestrians

Randolph College in Cisco Texas 1934Randolph College in Cisco Texas 1934

Peaceful day at Randolph College in Cisco Texas with three period cars and three young women standing on the stairs in 1934

Laguna Hotel in Cisco Texas in 1940sLaguna Hotel in Cisco Texas in 1940s

Very nice old photo of the Laguna Hotel in Cisco Texas with period cars in the 1940s

Cisco Bank Building in 1930sCisco Bank Building in 1930s

Sometime in the 1930s the David S Castle Company captured this great old photo of the Cisco Bank Building in Cisco Texas

Cisco Swimming Pool & Water Slide 1930sCisco Swimming Pool & Water Slide 1930s

Very large crowd gathered at the entrance to the swimming pool and water slide in Cisco Texas in the 1930s

Eastland County Courthouse 1950sEastland County Courthouse 1950s

 

T&P Railroad Depot in Ranger in 1904T&P Railroad Depot in Ranger in 1904

Horses, wagons, workers and well dressed gents crowd around the Texas and  Pacific Railroad Depot in Ranger Texas in 1904

Eastland Texas Train Station in 1917Eastland Texas Train Station in 1917

Very busy day at the Eastland train station in 1917 as passengers scramble for position.

5 Cent Ride across Ranger Texas Mud Street in 1800's5 Cent Ride across Ranger Texas Mud Street

Sometime in the 1800s an innovative man with a team and a sled began charging pedestrians a nickel to ferry them across the muddy streets of Ranger Texas . . . take a closer look

Cisco Texas Railroad Depot 1920sCisco Texas Railroad Depot 1920s

Period cars parked outside the Cisco Texas Railroad Station in 1920's . . . see full size

Desdemona Oil Derricks 1918Desdemona Oil Derricks 1918

In 1918 Oil Derricks sprang up almost overnight in Desdemona Texas . . . see panoramic photo

Desdemona Texas Downtown Street Scene 1920ísDesdemona Texas Downtown Street Scene 1920ís

Pedestrians walk on wooden sidewalk in front of Post Office, First National Bank and the drug store while earl cars and horses and wagons pass on the dirt street . . . see the amazing detail

Downtown Cisco Texas 1950sDowntown Cisco Texas 1950s

1940s and 1950s cars along the street in front of drug store, Sears and local cafe in this large photo of downtown Cisco in the 1950s . . . view larger

Downtown Ranger Tx Early 1900'sDowntown Ranger Tx Early 1900's

Rare old photo shows Main Street in Ranger Texas in the early 1900s

Eastland Texas Main St. Corner Drug Store 1940sEastland Texas Main St. Corner Drug Store 1940s

1940s Eastland Texas Street Scene shows Corner Drug Store, Eastland Hotel and period cars . . . view this nice old photo

Main Street Ranger Texas 1920sMain Street Ranger Texas 1920s

Bird's Eye View of Ranger Texas in 1920 shows Firestone Store and Commercial Store . . . zoom in

Ranger Texas Railroad Depot Station Train Wreck 1800ísRanger Texas Railroad Depot Station Train Wreck 1800ís

Teams of horses attempt to pull overturned train engine out of mud as some railroad workers look on from their perch on top of box car in aftermath of Ranger Texas Train Wreck in early 1800s . . . see full size panoramic view

Ranger Texas Street Scene 1920Ranger Texas Street Scene 1920

Early Cars park in front of National Supply Company forcing pedestrians to walk the dirt street in Ranger Texas in the 1920s . . . zoom in

Ranger Texas Railroad Depot in 1920sRanger Texas Railroad Depot in 1920s

Big crowd gathers waits for next train to come in to the Ranger Texas Depot in 1920 . . . zoom in

Resources:

West Texas History & Memories

Early Life in Texas County by County

Books about Texas People and Places

Amazing People from Texas County by County

Texas History in the 19th Century (Amazon)

Texas History by Category and Event

Eastland County Genealogy - Obituaries - History

Eastland County Rants and Raves

Eastland County Tx Breaking News

Books about Eastland County People and Places

Books about Eastland County People and PlacesStories from Cisco, Eastland, Gorman and Ranger Texas

Life in Eastland County Texas 1800-1950Pictorial History of Life in Eastland County 1800-1950
Eastland County Unclaimed Estates

Eastland County Unclaimed Estates

These Deceased Residents of Carbon, Cisco, Desdemona, Eastland, Gorman, Ranger and Rising Star Texas left a total $30,568 in Unclaimed Money for their heirs. Know the Heirs? . . . . See the list

 

What's your Favorite Book about a Texas County, Town, Person or Place? Here's our best reads list County by County

 

Mysterious TexasTrue Stories of Amazing People and Places in Texcas
 Loneliest, Least Populated Counties in Texas
Texas Cowboy HistoryBooks about Texas People County by County

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