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Town History – Town of Anthony, TX

Town of Anthony, TX

TOWN HISTORY

“PEOPLE WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE OF THEIR PAST HISTORY, ORIGIN, AND CULTURE ARE LIKE A TREE WITHOUT ROOTS.”

– MARCUS GARVEY

1811

When the Sant√© Fe Railroad built its line in 1881, the station was placed on the Texas side and named La Tuna, which is Spanish for “prickly pear cactus”. A Spanish-speaking woman named Sabrina, who had a chapel on the New Mexico side which was dedicated to Saint Anthony of Padua, insisted on the name Anthony rather than La Tuna for the new town.

Source: Tarpley, Fred (5 July 2010). 1001 Texas Place Names. University of Texas Press. p. 11. ISBN 978-0-292-78693-6.

1932

May 1st

La Tuna Correctional Facility is opened.

July 5th

Town of Anthony’s first post-office is opened (Closed in 1965).

1940

Estimated Population was 50 People.

Source: https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hga05

1952

Anthony Gap New Mexican Texas, is a drawing by Jack Pumphrey

The Town of Anthony was incorporated.

1976

Ernie Rascon, a local police officer was killed in the line of duty.

1988

Leap Year Capital of the World.  Started by Mary Brown to honor leap year babies in Anthony, including her neighbor and friend Bettie Luis.