Kent landmark demolished

Along the I-10 in West Texas between Van Horn and Fort Stockton, travelers have been used to seeing the old Kent school just off the freeway, with many stopping for photographs throughout the years. Recently, those same travelers will now discover the old school has been demolished. Founded around 1892, providing support to the Long X Cattle Company, Kent was known initially as Antelope due to the many Antelope found there. By 1914 the town had four cattle breeders, a general store, and an estimated population of twenty-five. For four decades beginning in 1924, the estimated population was fifty. Peak population topped off at 65, and by 1961, both the school and the post office closed their doors for good. By the mid-1970s, the estimated population had fallen to sixty, where it remained through 2000. Today, a few buildings remain in the area. The demolished school was by far the most intriguing.

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