Thurber, Texas, now a ghost town, was once a thriving, self-supporting community owned by the Texas & Pacific Coal Company. Many immigrants came to Thurber to work and seek their fortunes. Among those immigrants were the ancestors of two of our Redbubble members, Jujubean and Sheila Pasket. Juju’s paternal grandmother was born in the tiny town of Strawn which was part of this company owned community. This smokestack is a monument to that era.
This is the site of the first commercial coal produced in Texas by Texas & Pacific Coal Company, Mined in 1888. This company was the forerunner of Texas Pacific Coal and Oil Company, now one of the nation’s substantial independent producers of oil and gas.
The transition from coal mining to petroleum production was accellerated by the company’s discovery in 1917 of oil and gas in the great Ranger (Texas) field 16 miles to the west. It was a natural evolution of an American enterprise dedicated to developing natual resources to supply the nation’s needs fro abundant energy.
Beneath this ground lies part of the 127,000,000 tons of coal still owned by Texas Pacific which may be mined in the future. This is Texas only known deposit of bituminous coal and occurs from the surface to a depth of 450 feet.
Erected March, 1960 by Texas Pacific Coal and Oil Company, Fort Worth, Texas