Gose City, TX

Another one of our adventures this past Saturday was out to Gose City, TX. It’s pretty close to Holliday, TX, and it was an oil town back in the early 1920’s. According to the Handbook of Texas Online:

Texhoma City was in north central Archer County. The settlement developed around the drilling activities of the Texhoma Oil Company in 1921. Since this drilling took place on land owned by the Gose family, the community also was known locally as Gose City. Like some other boom towns, Texhoma City grew rapidly, then declined. Its population reportedly reached 500 persons soon after its founding. By the mid-1930s, when the oil boom had long since ended, however, Texhoma City’s population had fallen to 215, and four businesses were in operation. A decade later, when the community last reported such statistics, the population numbered 150 and the businesses four. Sometime afterward, Texhoma City ceased to exist.

According to another book, Texhoma City and Gose City were two separate towns. There’s not a lot of information online about Gose City. Here are a few highlights, but if you’d like to see more, visit my Flickr Set.

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  1. Eddie says:

    My buddies and I went to go check this out and couldn’t find it. Please message location thankyou.

  2. Steven Maier says:

    Eddie: If you look at the map on the top of the post, it’s the area where the red circle is (toward the bottom of the map).
    Once you take the final turn to the left, it’s easy to miss. There are no standing structures, just concrete on the ground.

    If you need any more instructions, let me know and I’ll do my best to get you detailed instructions.

  3. J.L. says:

    The Sign Gose City District is long gone.Stolen by treasure hunters not once , but twice. Your right. only things left there are pieces of concrete . mesquite trees and rattle snakes that call it home. If anyone wants to chance it I’d use caution the weeds are high and the snakes are plentiful.

    • Jody says:

      The sign is still there. Hopefully none of the bastards will find it. I grew up there, I know where the sign is, and the cistern or well. Think they tore the barn down though. Used to have a wheel that was thirty foot in diameter to run the pumping units.