Ever wonder how towns get their names? Fashing Texas has some interesting history. Peggy Texas is just down the road. Around 1920 residents constructed a one-circuit phone list. Fashing had no electricity until 1930 when the Karnes Electric Cooperative was opened. Less than 50 people live in Fashing now and around 20 in Peggy.
From the historical marker: Near the Old San Patricio Trail, leading from San Antonio to McMullen and McGloin colony, in area of Gulf of Mexico. In this vicinity were stage stops at Belle Branch, Rock Spring, Rountree’s, and Tordilla. Land was part of the Butler, Hickok, Tom and Rountree ranches. Town was platted in 1915 as “Hickok.” However, after the U.S. Post Office Department disapproved that name, the tag on a popular tobacco — “Fashion” — inspired adoption of the name “Fashing” for the town.
First schoolhouse was built in 1917; a second, 1921. The Methodist church, organized 1922, erected first house of worship (building moved in from Bastrop) in 1925. In 1934, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church was built. The Martin Luther Lutheran Church was erected 1948. Present school building was completed in 1952.
A center for mineral development. First local oil production was from Weigang Field, 1946. Tordilla Hill (5 mi. N) was site of first major uranium discovery in Texas in 1954. After further petroleum strikes in Fashing Edwards Limestone Field, 1958, gas and sulfur processing plants were built by the Elcor Chemical Co., Lone Star Producing Co., Sinclair Oil and Gas Co., and Warren Petroleum Corp. Currently, the only commercial uranium operation in Texas is near here.
We have passed by this little community several times but never stopped. Recently we did and was amazed at what was here. Lots of history in the early days of Texas. Less than 100 people live here now.
We moved to Whitsett, Texas to both work at a local ranch oil gate for several weeks. Great opportunity because we can both work day shift and pay is double what we were making before. This is located west of Kenedy about 45 miles. We have moved the motorhome to a park in Whitsett and only a 5 minute drive to work now!!
Most of the oil rigs we work on are located on small 2 lane Farm to Market roads. Some are in better shape than others, but all have a lot of truck traffic and they drive fast. The gate we are on now is at the bottom of a hill in both directions. I saw this yesterday, this truck driver passes his destination and decides to turn around in the middle of the road.
We had to take a trip to Beeville to have our fingerprints done. This was to complete our security license requirements. We ate lunch at Elder’s Country Store and Market. It has been there since the 60’s and we had a very good and affordable lunch special of chicken fried steak, potatoes, and green beans. On the way home we stopped at a park on the side of highway. Lots of huge oak trees and wildflowers.
Just finished our temporary relief Gate Guarding gig. I worked the night shift and Laurie worked the day shift. We were pretty close to town, only about 2-3 miles from Karnes City. As you can tell we were not out in the middle of nowhere as several homes were around our rig.
This will be something totally different than any jobs we have done in the past and will be a great way to make good money in a short period of time.