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Imperial, Texas

Imperial is a small town located in northern Pecos County. About 350 of us still hang around here, mainly because it's a safe place to live. We don't always get along, but we always look out for each other. It's also a great place to raise kids.


Welcome to Imperial's Community page. Below you will find links to local webpages, history of the local area, and the chat room.

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The Buena Vista Home Page
The Imperial Public Library
Churches and Organizations
Fibromama's Place
Yearnings of a Yearling
A Good Natured Look at Life in West Texas

This chat room can be used at any time. Simply type in your name and click on connect, and you're ready to go. This is a fast one-on-one or multi-person way of communication. Take advantage of it!

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TankForce (Multiplayer combat simulator)


Located at the crossroads of FM 1053 and 11, Imperial, Texas is located in northern Pecos County, four miles south of the Pecos River. Originally known as Redlands from 1908 until 1910, it was renamed Imperial, possibly for the Imperial Valley of California when a post office was established in 1910. Buena Vista I.S.D., also built in 1910, was named for the community of Buena Vista, which was abandoned 10 miles east of Imperial previous to the formation of Imperial.

A townsite was laid out for the owner of the property in 1911. Water was diverted from the Pecos River, and a dam was built to form the Imperial Reservoir, eight miles west of the community. An irrigation canal was constructed through the town in an effort by land promoters to attract buyers. High saline levels, and a declining water supply, along with low profits made farming unproductive.

The population of Imperial in 1925 was 25. By 1949, the population was 250 and had eleven businesses. By 1968, the population neared 1000 and had 26 businesses. Following a surge in population during the oil boom of the 1980's, the population began a steady decrease after the bust and now can claim only 350 residents, and only about 12 local businesses.

Schools have been in the Imperial area since 1908. A one room school built by the Orient Land Co. was established in Redlands, Texas, which later became Imperial. In 1914, a larger school was built in Imperial, to accomodate more students. In 1936, a new modern facility was built in Abell City named Buena Vista, after the nearby community. On December 15, 1944, the Buena Vista school burned. A new school was constructed in 1945 in Imperial serving the Imperial, Girvin, Coyanosa, Abell City, Sun Valley Farms, and the Imperial Reservoir area. In December of 1946, the Buena Vista Board of Trustees set up an independent school district, Buena Vista I.S.D. of Imperial. This small rural school district covers over 900 square miles.

Desert Shrimp Farming

Shrimp growing in the semi-arid, dry, hot West Texas area? Yes, it's true. The ground water is salty enough to grow them, and some far-sighted individuals, willing to take a chance, have started some shrimp farms here. The shrimp are big and delicious. Who would have thought?

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