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Near Claude in Armstrong County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Roadside Park on Hamblen Drive

 
 
Roadside Park on Hamblen Drive Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Royal, May 29, 2009
1. Roadside Park on Hamblen Drive Marker
Inscription. Named for Will H. Hamblen (1878 - 1952), who in 1890's pioneered a crude road (about 6 mi. N) into Palo Duro Canyon along old Indian trails. This cut 120 mi off the settlers' trips to courthouse in Claude, but was steep and dangerous.

Hamblen and his wife Ada (1883 - 1955) ranched near Wayside after 1905. He worked unceasingly to get a passable road through Palo Duro. Elected county commissioner in 1928, he at last had a graded road built. By decision of the commissioners' court, road was dedicated in 1930 as Hamblen Drive. With its paving in 1954, a dream of a lifetime was realized.
 
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 4284.)
 
Location. Marker has been confirmed missing. It was likely located near 34° 47.904′ N, 101° 26.167′ W. Marker was near Claude, Texas, in Armstrong County. Marker could be reached from Hamblen Drive (Texas Route 207) 23.5 miles south of Claude, TX. Click for map. Marker located in turnout/park off of Highway 207. Marker was at or near this postal address: 3418 Highway 207, Claude TX 79019, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 15 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. The Battle of Red River (here, next
Roadside Park on Hamblen Drive Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Royal, May 29, 2009
2. Roadside Park on Hamblen Drive Marker
to this marker but has been reported missing); The S.P. Hamblen Family (approx. 4.7 miles away); Dugout of W. M. Dye (approx. 10.4 miles away); The Vigo Park Methodist Church (approx. 10.7 miles away); The Battle of Palo Duro Canyon (approx. 14.6 miles away).
 
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Roadside Park on Hamblen Drive Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 16, 2016
3. Roadside Park on Hamblen Drive Marker
Marker is missing. Note broken off post on the right. Broken post on the left was for The Battle of Red River Marker.
Roadside Park on Hamblen Drive Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 16, 2016
4. Roadside Park on Hamblen Drive Marker
Marker is missing. Note broken off post on the right. Broken post on the left was for The Battle of Red River Marker.
View of Palo Duro Canyon and Hamblen Drive snaking northwards from Roadside Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Royal, May 29, 2009
5. View of Palo Duro Canyon and Hamblen Drive snaking northwards from Roadside Park
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Royal of Sun City Ctr, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,804 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Royal of Sun City Ctr, Florida.   3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   5. submitted on , by Bill Royal of Sun City Ctr, Florida. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on December 19, 2016.
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