Comanche in Comanche County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Robert Thomas Hill
Robert Thomas Hill began life on August 11, 1858, in the aristocratic comforts of his parents' Nashville, Tennessee, home. His family, however, suffered tragic losses during the Civil War and by 1864 young Robert was an orphan living in his grandmother's Nashville home. He left Nashville in 1874 for Comanche County, Texas, to join his brother, Joe, as an employee of a local newspaper known as the "Comanche Chief."
Hill developed a passion for geology while studying a nearby formation known as Round Mountain. He entered Cornell University in 1882 and in 1887 graduated with honors in geology. In 1888 the University of Texas established a Geology Chair to honor Hill for his landmark discovery of Cretaceous deposits on Round Mountain. He participated in the State Geological Survey and dentified (sic, identified) and named the Balcones Escarpment. In 1891 Hill became president of the Cosmos Club, a society of the nation's most distinguished scientists. In the 1890s and early 1900s Hill explored aquifer formations in the Southwest U.S., West Indies, Mexico, and Central America.
Hill's publications represent one of the most distinguished geological studies produced by one individual. Following his death on July 28, 1941, Hill's body was cremated and his ashes scattered over Round Mountain.
Location. 31° 53.853′ N, 98° 36.285′ W. Marker is in Comanche, Texas, in Comanche County. Marker is at the intersection of Central Avenue (U.S. 67/377) and Houston Street, on the right when traveling west on Central Avenue. Click for map. Marker is next to the Fleming Oak in Bicentennial Park, at the southwest corner of the courthouse square. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 West Central Avenue, Comanche TX 76442, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Indian Raid in Comanche (here, next to this marker); Fleming Oak (here, next to this marker); General Ashbel Smith, C.S.A. (here, next to this marker); Bicentennial Park (here, next to this marker); Old Cora Courthouse (here, next to this marker); Water on South Side of Square (a few steps from this marker); Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Veterans (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Comanche.
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Also see . . .
1. Robert Thomas Hill Bio. (Submitted on March 13, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Robert Thomas Hill, The Father of Texas Geology. (Submitted on March 13, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. "Type Collection of the Writings of Robert T. Hill" (Shuler, 1934). (Submitted on March 13, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. "The Passing of a Great Geologist - Robert T. Hill" (Gould, 1941). (Submitted on March 13, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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