Episode 19: Frenchy McCormick and Tascosa, Texas

Frenchy McCormick lived by herself in the Texas ghost town of Tascosa for almost 30 years. She refused to leave because of a promise she made to someone. Frenchy is a folklore legend in Texas but much of her life story is a mystery. MUCH, but not all.

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Frenchy and her husband

The Texas Panhandle was the last area of Texas to be settled. There are so many stories of fascinating characters who called this area home when it was still a lawless area. Towns full of tough and wild characters of the wild frontier.  

Frenchy McCormick lived in the Panhandle town of Tascosa, Texas when it was the toughest, wild- est, liveliest, and most lawless cow town of the frontier. And she survived it all.

She was literally the last one standing in old Tascosa, before it was deserted and became a ghost town. To understand Frenchy, you have to understand the town of Tascosa, Texas. Its history and major events that make Tascosa legendary. Knowing that may help you understand why Frenchy was willing to remain there, when everyone else deserted the town. 

Frenchy McCormick Memorial Printed in Amarillo Daily News. 13 January 1941

Episode Sources
Cowboy Strike 1883 Texas Escapes. 5 December 2014
Tascosa’s Lone Settler Recalls Wild Days Frontier Times Feb 1931
Tascosa, Texas Wiki
Painted Ladies of the Old West. Legends of America
Robertson, Pauline Durrett & Robertson, R. L. Panhandle Pilgrimage: Illustrated Tales Tracing History in the Texas Panhandle, book, 1978; Amarillo, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth225495/: accessed September 14, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Canyon Area Library.
Frenchy of Old Tascosa Dies. Amarillo Daily News. 13 January 1941

Music Credits
Theme Song “Dark & Troubled” by Pantherburn. Special thanks to Phillip St Ours for permission for use.

Additional Music
“The Gunfight” by Everet Almond; Ghost Town, Night in the Prairie and Campfire Tales by Brandon Fletcher. Wild West by Ross Budgen; Honky Tonkin’ by Doug Maxwell/Media Right Productions licensed under Creative Commons

Categories: history, legends, mysteries, texas

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