Stamford in Jones County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The booming town was incorporated in January 1901 and P.P. Berthelot became the first mayor. Stamford relied primarily on agriculture for its economy. Cotton, Swenson's Herefords and other area livestock brought substantial income. The town also boasted a flour mill, cottonseed oil plant, iron foundry, gins, brick manufacturers and a railroad roundhouse. Both passenger and freight trains brought business to town. Stamford Collegiate Institution (later Stamford College), a Methodist school, opened in 1907. Oil was discovered near Stamford in 1935 and broadened the town's economic base still further. U.S. Army pilots trained at nearby Arledge Field during World
The town of Stamford thrived throughout the 20th century. Though the Burlington Northern Railroad (final proprietor of the railway through Stamford) abandoned the track in the late 1990s, the Swenson Land and Cattle Company remained in operation, and cotton, cattle and wheat continued to be among Stamford's leading industries at the dawn of the 21st century.
Erected 2000 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11693.)
Location. 32° 56.707′ N, 99° 48.648′ W. Marker is in Stamford, Texas, in Jones County. Marker is on W. McHarg Street (Business U.S. 277) west of S. Porter Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stamford TX 79553, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First AQHA Show (approx. 0.3 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. half a mile away); "The Poet Ranchman" Larry Chittenden (approx. half a mile away); Texas Cowboy Reunion Oldtimers' Association (approx. 0.6 miles away); Swenson Land and Cattle Company Headquarters (approx. 0.6 miles away); St. John's Methodist The Mackenzie Trail (approx. 1.8 miles away); Arledge Field (approx. 5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Stamford.
Also see . . . Stamford, TX. From the Texas State Historical Association's "Handbook of Texas Online". (Submitted on February 14, 2016.)
Categories. • Agriculture • Settlements & Settlers •
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