Barsola, Cherokee County, Texas USA


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September 22nd 2020
Published: October 30th 2020
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A week ago I passed through the de-funked town of Barsola (population zero) in Cherokee County on Texas FM Hwy, 1911 a few miles North of the Forest settlement (and South of Alto). With no traffic on the highway I drove very slow hoping to find a spot to pull of the road so I could zoom in on the Barsola Community Center that is no longer in use. There was a dirt trail from the highway to the community center. Cuz there was no fence and was not posted (no entry) Old Blue and I drove up to the Barsola Community Center to check it out.

According to TSHA (Texas State Historic Association) Barsola was named after Jose Barsola who received the first land grant there (from Spain or later Mexico). The small community of Barsola was established in 1835 by Roland Box. Box built a log fort home himself and his relatives. Later they built a church. After that the church was demolished a pavilion was built on the church site. Most of the settlement became ranchland.

I feel certain that the pavilion was the Barsola Community Center, that served as a church and maybe other functions.

I found three Cherokee County dirt roads that formed a circle West around Barsola. Maybe the very old structure behind the community center and another on Cherokee County Road 2816 could be from the settlement of Barsola.

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Barsola structure ?
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Barsola structure ?
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horses and sheep
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neat old home
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small lake with birds on dead tree
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oil facility


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