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Near Abilene in Taylor County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Fletcher Ranch

 
 
Fletcher Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 29, 2014
1. Fletcher Ranch Marker
Inscription. In 1878 James Robert Fletcher, his wife, and son Lorenzo Thomas (1868-1939) came here from Granbury. Their caravan included a small herd of cattle and work animals. A carpenter came to construct a two-story ranch house. Fletcher filed for a patent on this land because of the nearby spring-fed creek, large trees for wood, coves for animal protection and ample grass.
     The first spring Fletcher planted sorghum for his cattle, making this one of the first cultivated areas in the county. He shipped Merino sheep from California and made an unsuccessful attempt at raising the first sheep on a large scale in the area.
     Lorezo (“Lo”) walked to school at Buffalo Gap and later to Buffalo Gap Presbyterian College, marking a trail with buffalo skulls which could be seen by moonlight. After his father died in 1886, Lorenzo took over the ranch operations. In 1889 he married Lula May Cummings whom he met at Buffalo Gap College. They had three children. Their daughters have developed the Lytle Cove land into a wildlife refuge for birds, deer, and wild turkey. This ranch is recognized as the oldest property in Taylor County still occupied by the orginal family.
 
Erected 1979 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1916.)
 
Location.
Fletcher Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 29, 2014
2. Fletcher Ranch Marker
32° 16.739′ N, 99° 41.465′ W. Marker is near Abilene, Texas, in Taylor County. Marker is on Old Coleman Highway (County Road 120) 0.4 miles south of County Road 119, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1448 County Road 120, Abilene TX 79602, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Taylor County (approx. 4 miles away); Lytle Gap Potosi Methodist Church (approx. 4.1 miles away but has been reported missing); Cedar Gap Community (approx. 4.3 miles away); First Exploratory Oil Well in Taylor County (approx. 5.5 miles away); First Anglican Church Service in the Callahan Area (approx. 5.8 miles away); Alexander Charles Garrett Memorial (approx. 5.8 miles away); Vicinity of Indian Fight (approx. 7.9 miles away); Town of Buffalo Gap (approx. 7.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Abilene.
 
Categories. AgricultureEnvironmentSettlements & Settlers
 
View to South Along Old Coleman Highway image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 29, 2014
3. View to South Along Old Coleman Highway
View to North Along Old Coleman Highway image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 29, 2014
4. View to North Along Old Coleman Highway
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 209 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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