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Mullin in Mills County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Site of the Settlement of Williams Ranch

(4 Miles South)

 
 
Site of the Settlement of Williams Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 6, 2015
1. Site of the Settlement of Williams Ranch Marker
Inscription. Once a prominent frontier town, Williams Ranch grew up around the homestead of cattleman John Williams (1804-1871), who came to this area in 1855. The community flourished during the Civil War (1861-1865) because of trade with Mexico and by 1874 had stores, saloons, a hotel, mill, and blacksmith shop. In 1875 Henry Ford and J.M. Parks bought most of the land in the village and platted a townsite. They proposed the name “Parksford” but “Williams Ranch” prevailed when the post office opened in 1877. The community was a stagestop and a roundup point on the Western Cattle Trail. It claimed the first hotel, newspaper, telegraph, and public school in Brown and Mills counties. In 1881 it was one of the towns considered as a site for the University of Texas. Williams Ranch reached its peak of activity in the early 1880s, with a population of over 250.
†††††The settlement began to decline when the railroad bypassed it in 1885. An outbreak of mob violence was quelled by the Texas Rangers in 1887. By 1892 the post office and all businesses had closed. Today the site is marked by the natural springs that attracted the original settlers and by Williams Ranch Cemetery, burial place of many pioneers and their descendants.
 
Erected 1976 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number
Site of the Settlement of Williams Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 6, 2015
2. Site of the Settlement of Williams Ranch Marker
View to south across US 183
5426.)
 
Location. 31° 33.451′ N, 98° 39.677′ W. Marker is in Mullin, Texas, in Mills County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 183 and 6th Street, on the right when traveling east on U.S. 183. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mullin TX 76864, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mullin United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mills County State Bank (approx. 9.2 miles away); The Old Town Well (approx. 9.2 miles away); Confederate Veterans Memorial of Mills County (approx. 9.2 miles away); Mills County Courthouse (approx. 9.2 miles away); Mills County (approx. 9.2 miles away); Mills County Jail (approx. 9.2 miles away); The Goldthwaite Eagle (approx. 9.2 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Williams Ranch, Texas - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on October 17, 2015.)
2. Williams Ranch, TX. From the Texas State Historical Associationís “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on October 17, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
View to Southeast Along US 183 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 6, 2015
3. View to Southeast Along US 183
Marker is on right (southwest) side of highway
View to Northwest Along US 183 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 6, 2015
4. View to Northwest Along US 183
Marker is at west corner of intersection of US 183 and 6th Street
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 164 times since then and 6 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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