Perico, TX not quite a ghost town
By SARAH LOBLEY
About twenty-five miles northwest of Dalhart and eleven miles southeast of Texline on Highway 87, a dilapidated red brick building with yawning doorways and dark, empty windows stands on the north side of the highway just past two signs declaring “Severe Crosswinds” and “Perico.”
It is the old gymnasium of Perico School and one of the few remnants of what used to be the bustling little community of Perico, Texas.
No one really knows for certain what the connection between Perico, the Spanish word for ‘little parrot’ or ‘parakeet,’ and a tiny West Texas railroad town is, but it possibly has something to do with the small parrots that have been sighted in the area.
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