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  •  Raises interesting questions about zoning (4+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, jan4insight, Just Bob, texasmom

    The plant has been there since 1962. The nursing home is newer than that, for sure. Probably the apartments, school and a bunch of the homes, too. It's a little rural town, existing to provide a commercial center for outlying farms and ranches. Local business guy starts up a fertilizer biz to serve his "neighbors", and the little town expands outward to his plant. But then, how much attention is zoning going to get in a place with a population less than 3,000, anyway?

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    by Catte Nappe on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 03:31:07 PM PDT

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    •  I'm pretty sure it was originally a grain elevator (1+ / 0-)
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      Penny GC

      located next to the railroad, that later converted to or added fertilizer storage and other ag chemicals for sale to local farmers.  I've seen reports of both 1957 and 1962 as start-ups.  I bet there was no zoning in West back then.  

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      by texasmom on Thu Apr 18, 2013 at 08:19:35 PM PDT

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