Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

September 24, 2012

New book examines historic company town of Thurber

Readings, signings planned at two October events

Mineral Wells Index

— 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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