Looking over the handful of buildings left standing in Thurber today, you'd have a
hard time believing it was once a thriving company town at the turn of the century and
the most important mine site in Texas for 30 years. At one time a town of over 10,000
residents representing 20 nationalities, Thurber was the largest town between Fort Worth
and El Paso. Now with a population of just 5, Thurber stands as a testament to the power
of economics and technology to build and destroy communities.