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

Josselet Switch

 
 
Josselet Switch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 27, 2015
1. Josselet Switch Marker
Inscription. Belgian native Victor Joseph Josselet (1846-1946) joined his brothers, Felix and Paul, in immigrating to the United States in 1873. After working as coal miners in Chicago, they purchased a small farm in Sherman (Grayson Co.). While in Sherman, Victor met and married Catherine Hugon (1860-1928), a native of Rosario Oriental, Uruguay. They lived for 18 years in Gainesville (Cooke Co.) before moving to Haskell County. The couple had nine children.
†††††In 1900, Victor purchased a large tract of land between Weinert and Haskel and began ranching and farming, building a large home with several barns, outbuildings and water tanks. The family also bought a home in Haskell to attend Haskell schools and the Methodist Church. In 1906, the Wichita Valley Railroad extended their line from Wichita Falls to Haskell, completing a connection to Abilene in 1908. That year, the railroad paid Josselet $350 for a railroad siding on “a strip of land 100 feet wide, being 50 feet on each side of the line of railroad.” Josselet Switch linked area farms and ranches to national markets and became known as an important cattle shipping point to Fort Worth and Kansas City stockyards. An empty boxcar was maintained at the switch for loading cattle. Josselet Switch also received a depot, grocery store, and oil and gasoline refueling station for equipment.
Josselet Switch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 27, 2015
2. Josselet Switch Marker
Each of the Josselet children inherited a 200 acre tract, and the families contributed to area growth that supported the Belew, Gilliam, Powell, Meyers and Pleasant Valley schools and the Josselet Home Demonstration Club. Cattle auction barns in Haskell, Seymour and Munday helped lead to the decline of the community. Today, most of the Josseletsí original land is still owned and operated by descendants.
 
Erected 2013 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17532.)
 
Location. 33° 14.325′ N, 99° 42.153′ W. Marker is near Haskell, Texas, in Haskell County. Marker is on U.S. 277 0.3 miles north of County Road 222, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located on the right (east) side of the northbound lanes of US 277. Marker is in this post office area: Haskell TX 79521, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Liberty Tree (approx. 5.9 miles away); Haskell County (approx. 5.9 miles away); Haskell County Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.9 miles away); Capt. R.B. Marcy Trail (approx. 13 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Josselet, TX. From the Texas State Historical Associationís “Handbook of Texas
Josselet Switch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 27, 2015
3. Josselet Switch Marker
View to east from US 277
Online”. (Submitted on March 30, 2015.) 

2. Wichita Valley Railroad. From the Texas State Historical Associationís “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on March 30, 2015.) 
 
Categories. AgricultureRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers
 
View to the North on Northbound Lanes of US 277 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 27, 2015
4. View to the North on Northbound Lanes of US 277
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 173 times since then and 8 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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