Latitude / Longitude:
135 ft (41 m)
Central (CST) (UTC-6)
Nottawa is a ghost town in northeast Wharton County, in the U.S. state of Texas. The former community is situated in a rice-growing area midway between East Bernard and Lissie at the junction of U.S. Route 90 Alternate (US 90A) and Farm to Market Road 1164 (FM 1164). There was a gas compressor station on the site in 2016.
The site of Nottawa is located at the intersection of US 90A and FM 1164. East Bernard is 4.8 miles (7.7 km) to the east while Lissie is the same distance to the west. US 90A is south of and parallel with the Union Pacific Railroad. There are a few homes on County Road 270, which runs parallel to the railroad on its north side. Rice fields dominate the area, which is bracketed by Middle Bernard Creek on the east and West Bernard Creek on the west.
The post office closed in 1930. With the advent of better highways, the inhabitants were able to travel to East Bernard to go shopping or to church. This resulted in the closing of the store in the late 1940s. The Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company opened a booster plant nearby in 1944 and several homes and a community center were built for its employees. Even though the plant still operated, the homes were mostly moved or sold in the 1970s. In the late 1970s, Occidental Petroleum set up a research farm on FM 1164 for the purpose of testing new varieties of rice and soybeans for Asian farmers. The research center closed in 1991 and the community of Nottawa ceased to exist.