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

Henry B. Sanborn

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, November 18, 2015
1. Henry B. Sanborn Marker
Inscription. In 1875 Henry B. Sanborn (1845-1912) began a long association with the State of Texas when he became the Texas sales agent for Joseph F. Glidden's newly patented invention, barbed wire. A native of New York, Sanborn had become acquainted with Glidden in DeKalb, Illinois, where he had boarded with the Glidden Family and in 1868 had married Glidden's niece, Ellen Wheeler.

At the time Glidden and his partner, Judson P. Warner, shipped the first four carloads of wire to Texas, farmers and ranchers of the state were in the midst of a great controversy over the preservation of open ranges versus closed protection of fields. Sanborn bought 10,000 acres of ranch land in Grayson County on which he sought to prove that barbed wire could be successfully used in fencing large acreages. In 1881 he and Glidden formed a partnership and began what now is known as the Frying Pan Ranch in the Texas Panhandle. Surrounded with 120 miles of barbed wire fence, it proved to be a very successful ranching operation.

Sanborn was involved in the promotion of the major Amarillo townsite, earning him the title "Father of Amarillo." His ranching and promotional ventures were major factors in making Amarillo and the Panhandle one of Texas' leading cattle and ranching centers.
 
Erected 1984
Henry B. Sanborn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 18, 2015
2. Henry B. Sanborn Marker
by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2441.)
 
Location. 35° 12.525′ N, 101° 49.868′ W. Marker is in Amarillo, Texas, in Potter County. Marker is on South Buchanan Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is near entrance #1 to the Amarillo Civic Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 South Buchanan Street, Amarillo TX 79101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rick Husband (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); A.T. & S.F. No. 5000 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Potter County Courthouse (approx. mile away); Potter County (approx. mile away); Potter County Library (approx. mile away); Fort Worth and Denver City Railway (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fisk Medical Arts & Professional Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); American Mammoths (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Amarillo.
 
Also see . . .  Texas State Historical Association. Henry Bradley Sanborn, businessman and rancher, the "Father of Amarillo. (Submitted on December 17, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.) 
 
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Henry B. Sanborn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 18, 2015
3. Henry B. Sanborn Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 188 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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