Uncovered Texas


Merchant, Claiborne Walker

(August 31, 1836 - March 9, 1926) Claiborne W. Merchant and his twin, John, were born in Nacogdoches. "Clabe" married Frances Bell in 1856. He served in the Confederate Army and later became a cattle rancher. Merchant established his first ranch in 1874 in Callahan County and began acquiring land in neighboring Taylor County prior to the arrival of the railroad in 1881. When Abilene was established, Merchant, a city founder, named the new town after Abilene, Kansas. For many years he contributed his time and money to the development of Abilene. He is lauded as a respected benefactor and beloved citizen. (1999)

Abilene, Texas

Taylor County

Year Erected: 1999

Marker Type: Grave Marker

Discover More Abilene History

Browse thousands of old postcards from around the Lone Star State. See how tourist and local folks shared their Texas story.

Explore the many missions, forts and presidios that explorers and soldiers constucted to settle the lands now called Texas.

Tour the history of Texas through the text of the thousands of historical markers found all across the Lone State State.

Discover the deserted, forgotten and abandoned towns of Texas. Some vanished over night while others slowly slipped away.