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Near Canyon in Randall County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Umbarger

 
 
Umbarger Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, May 3, 2012
1. Umbarger Marker
Inscription. In 1895, Civil War Veteran and farmer S.G. Umbarger established a wagon yard and sheds for travelers passing through this area. The area became known as Umbarger when the Pecos Valley Railroad, built in 1898, named a rail switch after him. By 1902, the community had a post office; in 1904, citizens established a public school district. German-Catholic families, brought to the area by Pius Friemel, established St. Mary's Church, or Marienkirche, in 1908. During World War II, Italian prisoners of war were held in nearby Hereford. A group of them, trained in Old World techniques, carved religious figures and painted the interior of the parish church, which remains a community center. (1968, 2003)
 
Erected 2003 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5591.)
 
Location. 34° 57.278′ N, 102° 6.343′ W. Marker is near Canyon, Texas, in Randall County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 60 and Storey Street, on the right when traveling west on U.S. 60. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Canyon TX 79015, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Town of Dawn (approx. 6.2 miles away); W. F. Heller, Pioneer Farmer
Umbarger Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, May 3, 2012
2. Umbarger Marker
(approx. 9.6 miles away); L. T. Lester Home (approx. 9.7 miles away); C.R. Burrow House (approx. 9.9 miles away); Shaw-Keiser House (approx. 10 miles away); Presbyterian Church Building (approx. 10.1 miles away); The Smith Building (approx. 10.2 miles away); First National Bank Building (approx. 10.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Canyon.
 
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 256 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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