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Texas Spirit Quest #2 - Old Iatan Cemetry

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Hidden : 10/26/2008
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The Texas Spirit Quest is a series of Caches placed by many individuals, near cemeteries and historic sites in hopes of paying respect to the many pioneer ancestors that have ‘walked’ before us.

There are hundreds of cemeteries in the rural communities across Texas. This series will introduce you to many of them. The cache pages will provide a virtual history tour of the cemeteries, tombstones and local lore.

While out exploring the many backroads and highways here in West Texas I came across this old cemetary out in the middle of nowhere. I do enjoy the history and the knowledge of past lives and towns. I hope this location will get ya'll to enjoy it to.


Iatan began life as a stop on the Texas and Pacific Railroad in 1881. It was also known as Vista, Texas and the unusual name is thought to have come from the Williams-Waddell Iatan Tank Ranch. A post office opened in early 1890 and served the residents until the mid 1920s when it moved to nearby Westbrook. Iatan’s school merged the Westbrook schools in 1938 when there was an approximate population of 125. It dropped to a mere 20 for the 1950 Census and remained at that level for years. By the 1970s only a depot remained – and today only the cemetery.

Photos courtesy of Mr. & Mrs. Sayles of More, Texas.

Iatan was suggested for inclusion by Mr. & Mrs. Sayles who wrote: We would like to add the small town of Iatan (pronounced like "I can" only "I tan") which was located between Colorado City and Big Spring. Iatan became a Ghost Town in the 1960s. Empty stores and empty houses lined the dirt road of town. The buildings are now gone; but for those of us whose ancestors lived and died there; we hope it will not be forgotten. Today, only a cemetery remains.

To reach the Iatan Cemetery, which was about a mile before reaching the old town; travel west from Colorado City on I-20 and take the Iatan Exit (which used to lead you to the old town). Go north about 1 to 1-1/2 miles. The cemetery is on the right.

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