WENTWORTH, TX (SUTTON COUNTY)
WENTWORTH, TEXAS (Sutton County). Wentworth was two miles south of the site of present Sonora in Sutton County. In 1884 A. T. Winkler and his family moved to the area after being washed out by the Ben Ficklin flood. About 1885 Winkler drilled a well. A settlement grew up on Winkler's property called Winkler's Well. By 1887 Winkler's Well had twenty families, twelve dwellings, a store, numerous tents, a feed barn, and a building used as a Masonic Lodge, a church, and a school. In 1887 Sutton County was established from Crockett County. In a contest for the county seat against Sonora, Winkler's Well changed its name to Wentworth, a move designed to gain the support of P. A. Wentworth, owner of the county's largest ranch. In 1890 Sonora secured the county seat. Wentworth quickly declined and within a year had lost most of its citizens and the Masonic Lodge to Sonora. Wentworth had a post office from 1890 until 1891. Although some dissatisfied Sonorans tried to revive Wentworth in 1898, this project failed, and by 1900 Wentworth had disappeared.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Brian C. Hosmer, "Wentworth, TX (Sutton County)," accessed January 20, 2017, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hvw31.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.