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Historic plaque - Founding of Colorado City

Description: Photograph of a historic marker in Colorado City. It reads: "The Founding of Colorado City. Founded, 1880, at the crossing of the Colorado River and Texas & Pacific Railroad right-of-way: central shipping point and supply depot for the sprawling cattle ranches of west Texas and New Mexico. From 1880 (when A. W. Dunn opened his dirt-floor. Tent-roof General Store) to 1890. The boisterous cattle town garnered notoriety as well as fame. The largest community between Fort Worth and El Paso. Colorado City had more millionaires than any other Texas town and the most saloons in the west. Law and order was housed in a dugout at the edge of town. Where a company of Texas Rangers made all men check their guns. Modest, courageous Ranger Dick Ware was elected first sheriff in 1881. Population soared from 700 to 5,000 in the first two years. As cowboys, cattlemen, merchants, and (as a visitor said) "any number of bummers", vied for space. The first sermon was preached in a saloon and the town "jail" was a chain attached to a mesquite tree, but citizens could find beauty in the lantern-glow from dozens of tents in the center of town. Althought drought and the passing of the open range soon diminished Colorado City's glory, its first decade won for it the epithet, 'Mother City of West Texas.' (1968)"
Date: August 7, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
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Partner: UNT Libraries

Brownwood Sante Fe Passenger Depot, Historic Plaque

Description: Photograph of a historic plaque at the Brownwood Sante Fe Passenger Depot. It reads: "Railroad construction began in Brown County in 1884, and the first train arrived in Brownwood in 1885. This depot was designed by Jarvis Hunt of Chicago and built in 1909 by the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railway Company. It accommodated traffic from a major rail junction between California and Texas and led to increased regional development. Passenger train usage peaked during World War II as 15 trains came through here daily. Architectural features include solid red brick construction with stucco finish. Broad round arches, a 7-bay primary facade and a hipped red tile roof." Another plaque above the historic one reads: "Santa Fe Railroad Depot has been listed in the national register of historic places by the United States Department of the Interior, 1976."
Date: August 1, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
Location Info:
Partner: UNT Libraries

[E. B. Black House]

Description: Photograph of the front, south side of the E. B. Black House, now a part of the Deaf Smith County Museum. Several people stand on the house's wrap-around porch.
Date: unknown
Creator: Bradly, Bill
Partner: Deaf Smith County Library

[E. B. Black House]

Description: Photograph of the front, south side of the E. B. Black House, now part of the Deaf Smith County Museum. It is a two-story wooden house, with a wrap-around porch and a picket fence. A young child sits on the steps leading up to the porch.
Date: unknown
Creator: Bradly, Bill
Partner: Deaf Smith County Library

[E. B. Black House]

Description: Photograph of the front, south side of the E. B. Black House, now part of the Deaf Smith County Museum. It is a two-story wooden home with a wrap-around porch and trees in front of the building.
Date: unknown
Creator: Bradly, Bill
Partner: Deaf Smith County Library

[E. B. Black House]

Description: Photograph of the front, south side of the E. B. Black House, now part of the Deaf Smith County Museum. It is a two-story wooden home with a wrap-around porch and trees in front of the building.
Date: unknown
Creator: Bradly, Bill
Partner: Deaf Smith County Library