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Presidio County Courthouse, Marfa, historic plaque

Description: Presidio County Courthouse A landmark of the Big Bend. Large Dome is visible for miles. Constructed of native stone adn brick made at Marfa Stucco added later. Built 1886 in this county's third seat of justice. First county seat was Fort Leaton, on the Rio Grande; second, Fort Davis. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1964
Date: August 4, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
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Veterans Memorial, Presidio County

Description: Veterans Memorial, Presidio County. IN REVERENT AND ENDURING MEMORY OF ALL AMERICANS WHO FOUGHT FOR A NEW WORLD OF FREEDOM AND PEACE. GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS. THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS. JOHN 15:13 DEDICATED JULY 4, 1960. MARFA HISTORY CLUB
Date: August 4, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
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Mitchell County monument on courthouse grounds

Description: Mitchell County settled after Indians left Texas in 1875, one of 128 counties created (Aug. 21, 1876) from Bexar Territory covering west Texas to the panhandle and El Paso. Named for Mitchell brothers, Asa and Eli, Texas war for independence veterans. Organized Jan. 10, 1881, when the railroad came, making county seat Colorado City west Texas "mother city" and first boom town. Oil, sheep and cattle ranching center, historic sites include Comanche Indian Village, Seven Wells, Last Buffalo Watering Hole, annual events: Colorado City Frontier Roundup and Tumbleweed Festival. (1965)
Date: August 7, 2005
Creator: Belden, Dreanna L.
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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