Tascosa survives at Boysâ?? Ranch

Growing around the original Tascosa is Cal Farleyâ??s Boysâ?? Ranch.

The original Oldham County Courthouse remains, as does the original County Schoolhouse, which has been restored.

The town began in the 1870s and was dubbed the Cowboy Capital of the Texas Panhandle.

It had a rowdy reputation.

Mike Pacino represents Boysâ?? Ranch and knows a lot about the history of the site. "Tascosa supported the ranches," he says, "what killed it was barbed wire," and an effort by a local rancher to move the railroad to a town he created, Cheyenne, which ultimately never came about because he lost interest after the railroad was moved. He had some animosity against Tascosa.

But as old as Tascosa is, the story didnâ??t begin there.

Before Tascosa there was Casimero Romero.

After the Comanches were subdued, the New Mexican sheepherder, or Pastore, brought his flocks to the great grazing land.

Of course, cattlemen loved the area too and eventually sheep werenâ??t grazed, but the Romeros made a big impact on Tascosa.

Oldham County Sheriff Dave Medlin is familiar with the ruins of sheep pens at several areas on private property in the county.

"They were here first before the cattle, " Medlin says, "They brought the first civilization and culture to Oldham County."