Near Mingus in Erath County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Town was named for H.K. Thurber, friend of T.&P. Coal Company founders. Most dynamic firm member was Robert D. Hunter (1833-1902), developer of 7 of 15 mines. Next president was E.L. Marston, Hunter’s son-in-law, who left mining largely to William K. Gordon (1862-1949), an engineer who brought daily production to 3,000 tons.
Then in 1917, Gordon (backed by management of coal company) was primarily responsible for discovery of Ranger oil field, 20 miles west. Adoption of oil-burning railway locomotives cut demand for coal. Last mine here closed in 1921, and the 10,000 or more inhabitants of Thurber began to move away.
The coal firm changed its name to Texas Pacific Coal and Oil Company and was sold in 1963 to Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc., for $277,000,000.00. Renamed Texas Pacific Oil Company, it is now one of the largest domestic energy suppliers. Much coal (by estimate 127,000,000 tons) remains underground.
Erected 1969 by Texas State Historical Survey
Location. 32° 30.465′ N, 98° 24.96′ W. Marker is near Mingus, Texas, in Erath County. Marker can be reached from Private Road 741 0.1 miles north of Texas Highway 108, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mingus TX 76463, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Evolution of an Oil Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Hotel Knox and Thurber Mining Office (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Thurber Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of Snake Saloon (approx. half a mile away but has been reported missing); Site of Thurber Big Lake and Dairy (approx. 1.1 miles away); Thurber Junction and the T&P Railroad Presence (approx. 2.5 miles away); Mingus Baptist Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); Joseph Peter Davidson (approx. 3.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Mingus.
Also see . . .
1. Thurber, TX. From the Texas State Historical Association’s “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on September 14, 2015.)
2. Thurber: Thriving ... Then Gone. From the Texas Co-op Power online community. (Submitted on September 14, 2015.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 187 times since then and 23 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.