History of Coahoma


Howard County’s second town, Coahoma, came into being in the early 1890s. First known as Signal (evidently for the Signal Mountain, the pyramid-like prominence five miles to the south), it was situated two miles west of the present location, then for some reason shifted a mile east of today’s town site.

Coahoma was incorporated June 14, 1927.

Coahoma connected 1955 with the Howard County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 to get treated water from Big Spring, and this spurred growth.

Since our inception we now have over 1000 residents and several businesses that call Coahoma, TX. home.


History of Coahoma Schools

Coahoma's first school was built in 1891. Annie Phinney says that the school was started and the town grew up around it.

The 1st school was said to have been on the J.J. Jackson farm, half a mile north and a mile east of the present day school plant. It was built by the parents. One source says the first teacher was Gertrude McIntyre and she had about seven students. The next year a man, Charlie Sawyer, was hired as schoolmaster and the enrollment jumped way up to sixteen!

Teacher Rules for 1872

  1. Teachers will fill lamps and clean chimneys.
  2. Each teacher will bring a bucket of water and a scuttle of coal for the day's session.
  3. Make your pens carefully.
  4. Men teachers may take one evening each week for courting purposes, or two evenings a week if they go to church regulary.
  5. After ten hours in school, the teachers may spend the remaining time reading the Bible or other good books.
  6. Women teachers who marry or engage in unseemly conduct will be dismissed.
  7. Every teacher should lay aside from each pay a goodly sum of his earning for his benefits during his declining years so that he will not become a burden to society.
  8. Any teacher who smokes, uses liquor in any form, frequents pool or public halls, or gets shaved in a baber shop will give good reason to suspect his worth, iintention, integrity, and honesty.
  9. The teacher who perfroms his labor faithfully and without fault for five years will be given an increase of twenty-five cents per week in his pay, providing the Board of Education approves.

The above information was provided by the gifted and talented publication called AWAKE which stands for Awareness of the World Around us through Knowlege and Education. The sponsors are Marilyn Reed & Allen Bohannon.