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Odessa in Ector County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Odessa Land & Townsite Company

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, July 10, 2015
1. Odessa Land & Townsite Company Marker
Inscription. The Texas & Pacific Railroad transferred 640 acres of its land grants here in 1886 to John Hoge of Zanesville, Ohio. He formed the Odessa Land & Townsite Company to promote sale of town lots. Prime house lots sold for $150 and business lots for $200. Literature was distributed in eastern states citing rich soil, pure water, healthful climate, and no saloons in Odessa. The company and railroad sponsored excursion trains with free sleeping cars for prospective buyers form 1886 to 1889. A small frame building on this site, razed in 1911, served as the land office, and later as a school and church.
 
Erected 1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 3667.)
 
Location. 31° 50.768′ N, 102° 22.109′ W. Marker is in Odessa, Texas, in Ector County. Marker is on North Grant Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 205 North Grant Avenue, Odessa TX 79761, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Livery Stable and Wagon Yard (here, next to this marker); The Odessa Telephone Exchange (here, next to this marker); Site of The Odessa Sanitarium (about
Odessa Land & Townsite Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 10, 2015
2. Odessa Land & Townsite Company Marker
300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of The Dawson Saloon (about 300 feet away); General Matthew D. Ector (about 300 feet away); Ector County Courthouse (about 400 feet away); Ector County Land Rush (about 400 feet away); The Waddell Pecan Tree (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Odessa.
 
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Odessa Land & Townsite Company Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 10, 2015
3. Odessa Land & Townsite Company Marker
Odessa Land & Townsite Company Marker (in center) image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 10, 2015
4. Odessa Land & Townsite Company Marker (in center)
The Odessa Telephone Exchange Marker (on left) and Site of Livery Stable and Wagon Yard Marker (on right)
 
 
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