Near Tuscola in Taylor County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Organized 1878, with county seat at Buffalo Gap, through which went the Fort Concho to Fort Belknap stagecoach and longhorns on Western Trail up to Kansas. County seat was moved to Abilene in 1883.
Of the 254 Texas counties, 42 bear Indian, French or Spanish names. 10 honor such colonizers as Stephen F. Austin, “Father of Texas.” 12 were named for Washington, Clay and other American patriots.
96 were named for men like the Taylors who fought in the Texas War for Independence (15 dying at the Alamo), signed the Declaration of Independence, or served as statesmen in the Republic of Texas.
23 have the names of frontiersmen and pioneers.
11 honor American statesmen who worked for the annexation of Texas; 10, leaders in Texas since statehood, including jurists, ministers, educators, historians, statesmen; and 36, men prominent in the Confederacy during the Civil War.
El Paso and 8 others have geographical names. San Jacinto and Val Verde were named for battles; Live Oak and Orange, for trees; and Mason for a fort.
Erected 1964 by Texas State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number
Location. 32° 16.624′ N, 99° 45.548′ W. Marker is near Tuscola, Texas, in Taylor County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of U.S. 83/84 and County Road 149, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located in roadside park on east side of US 83/84. Marker is in this post office area: Tuscola TX 79562, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cedar Gap Community (approx. 1.5 miles away); Vicinity of Indian Fight (approx. 4 miles away); Town of Buffalo Gap (approx. 4 miles away); Buffalo Gap College (approx. 4 miles away); Fletcher Ranch (approx. 4 miles away); The Ernie Wilson Museum (approx. 4.1 miles away); a different marker also named Taylor County (approx. 4.1 miles away); Buffalo Gap Cemetery (approx. 5.4 miles away).
Also see . . . Taylor County. From the Texas State Historical Association's "The Handbook of Texas". (Submitted on June 25, 2014.)
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