Thurber, once a community of more than 10,000 residents and the most important mine site in Texas for 30 years, was the largest town between Fort Worth and El Paso. After getting electricity in 1895, it became one of the first towns in the world with complete electric service. The discovery of oil signaled Thurber's decline. The last coal mine closed in 1921, by 1936 the town had been abandoned, and quickly became a ghost town. Today, six original buildings still stand, as well as a 128-foot-tall smokestack. Now with a population of just eight, Thurber stands as a testament to the power of economics and technology to build and destroy communities.