“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Claude in Armstrong County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

The S.P. Hamblen Family

The S.P. Hamblen Family Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Royal, May 29, 2009
1. The S.P. Hamblen Family Marker
Inscription. Pioneered at this site, in dugout to the west. S.P. Hamblen (1846-1930) and wife Virginia (1861-1950) settled in Lakeview area (9 mi. S of Claude) in 1889. Hamblen helped establish Lakeview School, 1890. He engaged in farming and stockraising, and also dealt in cedar posts cut in Palo Duro Canyon and sold in Amarillo at 3 each. Hauls over the old Indian trail were made with such great effort that W. H. Hamblen (oldest son, who helped his father) longed for good roads and later was designer of Hamblen Drive.

Mrs. Hamblen, at home with her children, tended the ranch, courageously protecting family from the prevalent rattlesnakes, and repulsing vicious lobo wolves that attacked the young cattle.

The Hamblens lived at this site, known as Mesquite Flat, in 1901-1902. The father and older sons, W.H., David and Claude, put up corrals and a barn, and then built the rockwalled 24 X 36 foot dugout. The tenth child of the family, Luther Ray Hamblen, was born in the Mesquite Flat dugout on March 3, 1902.

Moving from this place, the Hamblens sought the best location for educating their children, who in the tradition of their parents became respected citizens of the west.
Erected 1970 by Texas State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 4401.)
Location. 34° 51.614′ N, 101° 24.08′ W. Marker is near Claude, Texas, in Armstrong County. Marker is on Hamblen Drive (Texas Route 207) 18.4 miles south of U.S. 287, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Claude TX 79019, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Roadside Park on Hamblen Drive (approx. 4.7 miles away).
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Another marker commemorating a member the Hamblen Family
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Royal of Sun City Ctr, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,406 times since then and 173 times this year. Photo   1. 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 June 16, 2016.
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