sidebar menu icon


PLATEAU, TEXAS. Plateau is on Interstate Highway 10 and the Missouri Pacific line sixteen miles east of Van Horn in south central Culberson County. The town, named for its location on a flat plain, was the site of a section house on the Texas and Pacific Railway, which built through the area in the early 1880s. A post office was established there in 1907, with Zachariah V. Payne as postmaster. In 1911 fifteen families lived in the surrounding 400 square miles. In 1914 Plateau had a population estimated at twenty and a general store owned by James O. Driggers, who was also postmaster. The community's post office was closed in 1916, but in the early 1940s the town had an estimated fifty inhabitants. By the early 1960s the estimated population of Plateau had dropped to only four; a few years later that total had increased to five, where it remained in 1990.

Martin Donell Kohout

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:

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, Martin Donell Kohout, "Plateau, TX," accessed November 18, 2017,

Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Texas AlmanacFor more information about towns and counties including physical features, statistics, weather, maps and much more, visit the Town Database on!