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Amarillo in Potter County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

American Legion Hanson Post No. 54

 
 
American Legion Hanson Post No. 54 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 18, 2015
1. American Legion Hanson Post No. 54 Marker
Inscription. Amarilloís American Legion Post, organized in July 1919, is one of the oldest in Texas, formed two months after the groupís organizational caucus in St. Louis. The post, which officially received its charter in Sep. 1919, is named for David T. Hanson, a popular Amarillo doctor who served in the Spanish-American War and World War I. Volunteering as a surgeon with the 142nd infantry, he was killed while attending to a wounded soldier at St. Etienne, France. Ernest O. Thompson, later mayor of Amarillo, was the first post commander. Hanson Post worked to secure jobs and medical care for veterans, and promoted creation of a veterans hospital in the region. The post also helped coordinate veteransí affairs before Amarillo received a branch of the Veterans Bureau in 1927. Hanson post also donated clothes, food and toys to needy veteransí families at Christmas.

The post first met in the district courtroom of the Potter County Courthouse before moving to the Woodmen of the World Hall. In 1923, the Municipal Auditorium, dedicated to the war dead, included meeting space for the Legion Post; national post commander Alvin Owsley attended the dedication ceremony. The post later bought a building at Seventh and Madison streets which has been its headquarters ever since. Hanson post developed a ladies auxiliary (1920), junior auxiliary (1923),
American Legion Hanson Post No. 54 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 18, 2015
2. American Legion Hanson Post No. 54 Marker
an early R. O. T. C. Unit (1928) and a Sons of the Legion (1934). In 1939, Amarillo got the Veterans Hospital which Hanson Post and civic leaders worked so hard to secure, bringing an important source of construction and medical jobs for the region. Post membership peaked around 1,200 members following World War II. The post continues to support active duty military personnel and veterans throughout the world.

175 years of Texas Independence ★ 1836-2011
Marker is property of the State of Texas

 
Erected 2011 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16905.)
 
Location. 35° 12.452′ N, 101° 50.67′ W. Marker is in Amarillo, Texas, in Potter County. Marker is on SW 7th Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 615 SW 7th Avenue, Amarillo TX 79101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Juan de Padilla (approx. 0.4 miles away); Fisk Medical Arts & Professional Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Mary's Academy (approx. 0.4 miles away); Santa Fe Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); American Mammoths
American Legion Hanson Post No. 54 image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 18, 2015
3. American Legion Hanson Post No. 54
(approx. 0.4 miles away); The Amarillo Story (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Bivins Home (approx. half a mile away); H. B. Sanborn House (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Amarillo.
 
Categories. Fraternal or Sororal OrganizationsWar, Spanish-AmericanWar, World I
 
 
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