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Rowena in Runnels County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)


Rowena Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, September 2, 2017
1. Rowena Marker
Inscription.  Rowena was originally laid out by Paul J. Baron in 1897. A Santa Fe Railroad section house known as Rowena Station had been established in the area in 1888; however, the post office officially denied this name as it too much resembled Ravenna in Fannin County. In what was dubbed Baronsville, Baron and his wife, Mary, established one of the first residences. As the area grew in its initial years, the name of the town remained undetermined. When Gustav Schuhmann became postmaster in 1900, he named his office Bolf, after land agent John Bolf. Confusion occurred as the post office was named Bolf in the town of Baronsville at the station known as Rowena. The Barons officially changed the town’s name to Rowena in 1904.
     Many early twentieth-century inhabitants of Rowena were of German and Czech descent. The town became a trading point for those involved in the region’s agricultural industry. The first one-room school building, known as Cemetery Hill School, was located about a half mile southeast of town, near Rowena’s cemetery. The school moved closer to the center of town in 1904 and by 1908 had grown from one to four rooms. German Evangelical,
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Catholic, Baptist, and Moravian Bohemian Presbyterian churches were all established during the first decade of the twentieth century. Rowena’s population was estimated to be around 800 in 1930, but had slowly declined to around 450 in 2000. Many social groups such as the Rowena Lions Club remain active in community upkeep. Rowena is also remembered as the birthplace of infamous bank robber Bonnie Parker of the Barrow Gang.
Erected 2016 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18345.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1888.
Location. 31° 38.83′ N, 100° 2.876′ W. Marker is in Rowena, Texas, in Runnels County. Marker is at the intersection of Edward Street (Farm to Market Road 2133) and Mary Street, on the right when traveling east on Edward Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rowena TX 76875, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Oldest Rock Building in City (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sons of Hermann Lodge (approx. 0.3 miles away); SPJST Lodge No. 49 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sweet Home School (approx. 4.3 miles away); J.W. Clampitt (approx. 6.9 miles away);
Rowena Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, September 2, 2017
2. Rowena Marker
View from Farm-to-Market Road 2133 (Edward Street)
San Clemente Mission (approx. 7.2 miles away); Colorado River Ferry Crossing (approx. 8˝ miles away); Miles Methodist Church (approx. 8˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rowena.
Also see . . .  Rowena, TX. From the Texas State Historical Association’s “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on September 22, 2017.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2017. It was originally submitted on September 22, 2017, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 577 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 22, 2017, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.

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