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Plainview in Hale County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Dr. James Henry Wayland

(April 22, 1863 – Feb. 6, 1948)

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, November 17, 2015
1. Dr. James Henry Wayland Marker
Inscription. James H. Wayland, born in Missouri, decided to be a physician after he almost lost a foot at 16 in an accident. He studied at Kentucky School of Medicine, then came to Texas. After practicing in Fort Worth and Azle, he moved to the new town of Plainview in 1891. Here he became one of the most active doctors within a 100-mile radius. He used a compass, and at times left homing pigeons to call him to lingering patients. Often he left his own tired horse and took one offered by a rancher. He had trees planted for landmarks on the Plains, and also grew and gave out trees for beautifying this city where he and his wife Sarah (Tucker) reared a family of nine children.
He erected several buildings, operated a drugstore, and became a religious and civic leader, joining his fellow townsmen in giving bonuses to secure better public facilities. He and his wife gave $10,000 and 25 acres of land for Wayland College, which opened in 1910. In the 1918 influenza epidemic that killed millions throughout the world, he lost his health from overwork. Afterward he and his wife operated a hotel. He died at age 85, after being honored many times for the good works he had performed for Plainview and the West Texas area.
 
Erected 1976 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1270.)
 
Location.
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By Bill Kirchner, November 17, 2015
2. Dr. James Henry Wayland Marker
34° 11.203′ N, 101° 43.519′ W. Marker is in Plainview, Texas, in Hale County. Marker is on West 7th Street west of Quincy Street, in the median. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1900 West 7th Street, Plainview TX 79072, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wayland Heritage Plaza (a few steps from this marker); Gates Hall (a few steps from this marker); Seth Ward College (approx. 0.6 miles away); Plainview Cemetery and Memorial Park (approx. 0.8 miles away); Edwin Lowden Lowe (approx. 0.9 miles away); Blasingame Home (approx. 0.9 miles away); Rawleigh Porteus Smyth (approx. 0.9 miles away); Emma Grigsby Meharg (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Plainview.
 
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Dr. James Henry Wayland Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 17, 2015
3. Dr. James Henry Wayland Marker
Dr. James Henry Wayland image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 17, 2015
4. Dr. James Henry Wayland
 
 
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