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Near Kermit in Winkler County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Sand Hills

 
 
The Sand Hills Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Kirchner, October 25, 2012
1. The Sand Hills Marker
Inscription. Mapped by U.S. Government, 1849, for gold seekers and settlers. Known earlier to Indians and many Spanish explorers. A 100-mi. belt of sand in Winkler and 4 other Texas counties and in New Mexico. Width varies from 3 to 20 miles; outer dunes are held by dwarf oaks. Water at 2' depth supports willows, cottonwoods, and a plum thicket. (The plums gave food to early settlers.)

Many dunes more than 70' high. Heavy, shifting sands a natural barrier to travel. Campsite and game reservation for Indians.

Now part of expansive cattle ranges and rich oil fields.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1967

 
Erected 1967 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 4561.)
 
Location. 31° 57.714′ N, 102° 57.908′ W. Marker is near Kermit, Texas, in Winkler County. Marker is on Texas Route 115 half a mile north of Farm to Market Road 874, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kermit TX 79745, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Blue Mountain (approx. 7.9 miles away); Moorhead Cable Tool Rig (approx. 9.9
The Sand Hills Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Kirchner, October 25, 2012
2. The Sand Hills Marker
Sand Hills in background.
miles away); Kermit (approx. 10.1 miles away); Colonel C. M. Winkler (approx. 10.5 miles away); Winkler County Courthouse (approx. 10.5 miles away); The Community Church (approx. 10.5 miles away); Old Duval Townsite (approx. 12.7 miles away).
 
Categories. Environment
 
Oil Well in the Sand Hills Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Kirchner, October 25, 2012
3. Oil Well in the Sand Hills
Oil Well was on the east side of TX-115 about 1 mile north of The Sand Hills Marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 225 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. 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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