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Terlingua in Brewster County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Terlingua

Famous Texas Ghost Town

 
 
Terlingua Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, October 22, 2012
1. Terlingua Marker
Inscription.  With the Mother-Ore Cinnabar strike in 1890, Terlingua became the world's quicksilver capital, yielding 40 percent of nation's need by 1922.

Its name from Terlingua (three tongues) creek nearby, was coined by Mexican herders. Comanche, Shawnees and Apaches lived on its upper reaches.

Howard E. Perry's two-story mansion overlooked his Chisos Mining Company and townsite here, where 2,000 miners once used its jail, church, ice cream parlor and theater. The mine flooded, mineral price fell and Terlingua died after World War II.
 
Erected 1966 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 6478.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1890.
 
Location. 29° 19.172′ N, 103° 36.387′ W. Marker is in Terlingua, Texas, in Brewster County. Marker is at the intersection of Farm to Market Road 170 and Terlingua Ghost Town Road, on the left when traveling east on Route 170. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Terlingua TX 79852, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Terlingua Cemetery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Chisos Mine and Terlingua (approx. 0.4 miles away); Federico Villalba (approx. 0.4 miles away); Quicksilver (approx. 1.1 miles away); Ranching in the Big Bend (approx. 4.3 miles away); Big Bend Ranching: South (approx. 4.4 miles away); E.E. Townsend (approx. 6 miles away); Luna's Jacal (approx. 8.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Terlingua.
 
Terlingua Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, October 22, 2012
2. Terlingua Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 4, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 845 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 4, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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