Our towns: Texico takes pride in its history

Alisa Boswell: Cannon Connections The Texico school system is a big part of the small town’s community and school athletic games are held all through the week. Resident Doug Scioli said several families bring their children to Texico from Clovis to go to school, because they like the small town school environment.

Alisa Boswell

The exact details of Texico’s beginnings are a mystery to many of its residents, but one thing, which is common knowledge to most, is it was a cowboy town well-known for its dance halls and saloons in its early years.

Texico is the oldest town in Curry County, formed in 1902, and its name was chosen from its location on the New Mexico/Texas state line.

“Texico reached its greatest ‘boom’ in 1908 when it was incorporated with a population of 1,000,” reads the Curry County 100th anniversary book published in 2009.

The book also quotes Texico’s first postmaster, W. M. Franklin as referring to the town as “The gateway that saw the beginning of wheat, corn, prosperous, happy homes and contented people.”

Modern day residents of the town agree that this aspect of “happy homes and contented people” has not changed for Texico.

“It’s good people. Everybody works together and helps each other,” said 36-year-resident Doug Scioli, who plays many roles in his community, including that of assistant fire chief. “To me, it’s the homestyle town. Everybody knows everybody. When somebody’s in need, everybody usually pulls together and helps.”

Scioli said community members are very active in Texico with regular school and senior events being held as well as annual events, such as Border Town Days, which is celebrated with Texico’s neighboring town Farwell, Texas.

“The quality of the community is great,” Scioli said. “That’s why I still live here. I like the quality of people helping people. It’s harder to find that in big towns. Here everybody knows each other so they step up and help.”

Scioli said the only thing lacking in the town is places to rent. He said he’d like to see more rental properties.

“I think we’d have lots of houses filled if we had them,” Scioli said. “Everybody likes a small school atmosphere. The school system here is excellent. The staff makes it excellent and the kids. Everything seems to mesh together well because everybody wants to work together.”

Scioli said he knows several Clovis residents who commute to Texico to bring their children to school.

Aileen Teel has been a resident of Texico since 1957 and was a resident of Portales before that.

Teel said seniors are also very active in the community, having regular luncheons and game days. She said many Texico residents will regularly help the sick and elderly.

“They’re nice people and good neighbors. They’re caring and interested in their fellow man,” Teel said. “ We call ourselves the pathway to New Mexico.”