Near Odessa in Ector County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Observed by Coronado's expedition, 1540-1541, provided shelter in storms, but delayed entrance of settlers to Staked Plains. Herds of stampeding cattle at times plunged over its edge. In the area, the Caprock blocked eastbound wagons, including some from California gold fields in 1850's. Because of scarce surface water, Staked Plains were too dry for farming or ranching until wells were drilled and windmills installed.
Ridges and canyons here hindered railroad building. In 1881 workmen earned $2.50 a day-highest wages ever paid until then on a Texas railroad job-at "Colt's Big Rock Cut" (the mile-wide, 17-ft. chasm visible here). A tragic accident with dynamite injured several of Colt's men and killed three. Their graves, known to the pioneers around Odessa, were on a hill northeast of the tracks, but cannot now be found.
Erected 1967 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 5299.)
Location. 31° 45.272′ N, 102° 33.284′ W. Marker is near Odessa, Texas, in Ector County. Marker is on Interstate 20 at milepost 104, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is in the eastbound weigh station. Marker is in this post office area: Odessa TX 79763, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Odessa Meteor Craters (approx. 2.2 miles away but has been reported missing); Penwell (approx. 3.5 miles away); Odessa Meteor Crater (approx. 4.5 miles away); Ector County Discovery Well (approx. 4.8 miles away); Well's Point (approx. 10.2 miles away); The Henderson House (approx. 12.3 miles away); Odessa (approx. 12.5 miles away); Ector County Public Schools (approx. 12.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Odessa.
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