Uncovered Texas

Cowboy


Pleasanton

(Founded 1858) Named for early Texas settler John Pleasants, by John Bowen (d.1867), San Antonio's first Anglo-American postmaster. Bowen, assisted financially by associate Henry L. Radaz, in Sept. 1858 founded this town at the juncture of Atascosa River and Bonita Creek as the county seat of Atasco....

Historical Marker - Pleasanton.


Tex Ritter

(January 12, 1905 - January 2, 1974) Western singing star Woodward Maurice ("Tex") Ritter was born in Panola County, Texas. After attending college, he began singing cowboy ballads on a Houston radio station in 1928. He advanced to broadway, where he was nicknamed "Tex," and in 1936 began a series o....

Historical Marker - Port Neches.


McCommis, Kate

A victim of frontier privations. Died in Feb. 1884 on day of birth -- attended only by her young cowboy father. Recorded -1968.....

Historical Marker - Post.


Post Picnic of 1906, Famous

After this area was freed of Indians, Garza County was created and named in 1876 for a patriotic family of early Texas. With its ranching population rising from 36 in 1880 to only 180 by 1900, Garza remained attached for judicial purposes to Borden County. In 1906 Charles William Post (1854-1914), "....

Historical Marker - Post.


Boren, J. M., Home

Built in 1908 of lumber hauled 75 miles. Boren was first county judge, a rancher, bank director, civic leader. Hospitality of home was well known to area pioneers and cowboys visiting town. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1967.....

Historical Marker - Post.


Elliott Ranch

Built 1880 near old Butterfield Stage Road by Geo. Elliott, from San Antonio, one of first to go so far out on open range. Had to haul water from head of the Concho, 50 miles. His home was first polling place in what became Upton County in 1887. Headquarters 1905-1928 for Mayer Halff and brother's J....

Historical Marker - Rankin.


Rankin

Made Upton County Seat in 1921. Named for F. E. Rankin, who gave site for railway station-- the center of community life over and above its business dealings; was scene of cowboy dances on Saturday nights, church services on Sundays. Home of Rankin Museum and of world champion rodeo stars Toots Mans....

Historical Marker - Rankin.


Early Cattle Trade

Famed for its beef since era of the Republic, Texas fed a great part of the Confederacy-- both civilians and army-- in the Civil War years, 1861-1865. Routes for beef supplying were many: Shreveport Trail to Vicksburg, Miss.; Alexandria Trail to Natchez, Miss.; Opelousas Trail to Woodville, Miss., a....

Historical Marker - Rio Vista.


Barbed Wire Demonstration

Once called "bobwire" by cowboys, barbed wire was a French invention first patented in the U.S. in 1867, but it did not gain favor with cattlemen until the late 1870s. Joseph Glidden of Dekalb, Illinois, Received a patent for his barbed wire in 1874, and it was wire of his manufacture that was the f....

Historical Marker - San Antonio.


Barbed Wire

At first called "Devil's Rope" by cowboys, barbed wire was patented in 1873 but found little favor with Texas cattlemen until the late 1870s, when its use and practicality were shown in a sensational demonstration here in San Antonio. Its showman-sponsor was John Ware Gates (1855-1911), who came her....

Historical Marker - San Antonio.



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