Goldsmith, Texas

Goldsmith, Texas

View of the downtown area of Goldsmith, Texas in Ector County.
Photograph Credit: Robert Plocheck.
Goldsmith, Texas

Goldsmith, Texas

Recreation park in Goldsmith, Texas.
Photograph Credit: Robert Plocheck.
Goldsmith, Texas

Goldsmith, Texas

Skyline of the town of Goldsmith, Texas.
Photograph Credit: Robert Plocheck.
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Map of Ector County

Goldsmith is at the intersection of State Highway 158 and Farm Road 856, in northwestern Ector County. It grew as a result of Permian Basin oil development. In 1936 Imogene Bunn petitioned for a post office, but the name that she proposed, Ector City, was denied because another Texas town had it. Goldsmith was chosen, in honor of rancher C. A. Goldsmith, whose land included the townsite. By 1937 Goldsmith had churches, a post office, a grocery store, a restaurant, and a rooming house, which offered the only shower bath in town at twenty-five cents a use. By 1938 the residents had a school, and electric lamps replaced kerosene the same year. The population stabilized at 850 but declined after World War II, as the oil service businesses moved to Odessa. The 1980 census showed 409 residents. In 1990 the population was 297, and in 2000 it was 253.

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Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Adoption Status:
This place has been adopted and will not be available until January 30, 2025
Adopted by:
Mike Goldsmith

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Place type

Goldsmith is classified as a Town


Latitude: 31.98329020
Longitude: -102.61638000

Has Post Office


Is Incorporated


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