NAME: Soash
COUNTY: Howard
CLIMATE: Warm winter, hot summer
Winter, spring, fall
COMMENTS: Not much too see.
REMAINS: Foundations of the bank.
William Pulver Soash, a land developer and speculator, contracted with Christopher Columbus Slaughter to develop and sell two hundred thousand acres of land owned by Slaughter for the purpose of developing a farming community. Things went well at first with interested buyers coming by train from the Midwest in March of 1909 and others to follow in the months and years to come. To impress potential buyers, Soash erected a reinforced concrete building housing the Bank of Soash, a school building, an electrical generating plant and water works. But nature intervened and caused Soash's efforts to fail. The drought that began in 1909 and continued through 1910 and 1911 effectively caused the town to fail before it had a chance to succeed and the town of Soash died. Today, the site is marked only by what remains of the concrete structure that was the Bank of Soash. SUBMITTED BY: Henry Chenoweth
Soash, 1909
Courtesy Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas