ARTESIA WELLS, TX
ARTESIA WELLS, TEXAS. Artesia Wells is on Interstate Highway 35 eleven miles south of Cotulla in western La Salle County. It takes its name from the artesian wells that once provided water for the residents of the area. The town, originally a water stop called Bart on the International-Great Northern Railroad, was one of several new settlements in the Winter Garden region when irrigation opened new land to farming in the early 1900s. A legal plat for Artesia Wells was filed in 1907. Farmers moved into the area, and the town grew slowly over the next thirty years. In 1909 a post office opened, and by 1915 the town also had a general store and a restaurant. By 1925 Artesia Wells had a school and by 1929 an estimated population of 100. In 1936 only fifty people lived there. In 1939 Artesia Wells had four businesses and a population of 125. After the end of World War II the settlement began a decline. In 1950 it reported two businesses and fifty residents. When I-35 was constructed through the town, many of the buildings were torn down or moved back to make room for the highway. By the early 1970s Artesia Wells had lost its school and had only thirty residents and one small store. In 1988 the town reported four businesses. In 1990 the population was thirty and in 2000 had grown to thirty-five.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, John Leffler, "Artesia Wells, TX," accessed August 25, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hna44.
Uploaded on June 9, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.