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Lifestyles

September 24, 2012

New book examines historic company town of Thurber

Readings, signings planned at two October events

Oysters, macaroni and beer were three staples the Texas Pacific Mercantile and Manufacturing Company had to stock to keep the immigrant workers of the Texas & Pacific Coal Company happy during its 40-year history.

From 1894 to 1934, the period that saw its parent company go from coal mining to oil drilling, the TPM&M operated and managed the various commercial and service enterprises essential to life in Thurber, Texas – now a ghost town along Interstate 20 west of Fort Worth near the Palo Pinto and Erath county lines.

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