Meade in Meade County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Hoodoo Brown's Road Ranch
In 1879, George W. (Hoodoo) Brown built a Road Ranch on the Jones and Plummer Trail at a place called "The Wells" on Crooked Creek just east of the present-day site of Meade. He built a sod house for his store and another for his family, as well as corrals for oxen, mules, and horses. His customers were the mail contractors and freighters on the Jones and Plummer Trail and the cattlemen who occasionally brought a herd through.
The Browns did a good business on the trail, but when the town of Meade was established in 1885, the trail business was routed to the new town and the Browns moved on. The only permanent mark Hoodoo left on the land is Graceland Cemetery, which he deeded to the Meade community and in which he had buried his youngest daughter, Grace.
Location. 37° 17.117′ N, 100° 19.617′ W. Marker is in Meade, Kansas, in Meade County. Marker is at the intersection of N Road (U.S. 54/160) and 19th Road, on the right when traveling east on N Road. Click for map. Marker is in Meade City Park. Marker is in this post office area: Meade KS 67864, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jones & Plummer Trail (here, next to this marker); Graceland Cemetery Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Grace Brown (approx. half a mile away); Veterans and War Memorials (approx. 0.7 miles away); Pioneer Arena Club Women and Pioneer Settlers (approx. 0.7 miles away); Meade County (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Lone Tree Incident (approx. 2.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Meade.
Also see . . .
1. Our First Citizen, Hoodoo Brown. (Submitted on May 28, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History of the Meade (KS) City Park. (Submitted on May 28, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 331 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.