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Snyder in Scurry County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Prairie Dog

(Cynomys Ludovicianus)

 
 
The Prairie Dog Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, November 12, 2017
1. The Prairie Dog Marker
Inscription.  Small burrowing rodent once symbolic of Old West. Estimates once placed Texas population in billions.

Prairie dogs were so named because of their quick sharp barking and wagging tails. A vegetarian mammal related to the squirrel and ground hog, their homes are craftily built L-shaped burrows, 15 to 20 feet or more long; seldom connected with others in their "town".

Declared pests to agriculture and range, town was established March 1964, to preserve remnant of a vanishing species.
 
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 5404.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Animals. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1964.
 
Location. 32° 41.779′ N, 100° 55.371′ W. Marker is in Snyder, Texas, in Scurry County. Marker is in the east side of Towle Memorial Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3000 Towle Park Road North, Snyder TX 79549, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Christian Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); F. J. Grayum Home (approx. one mile away); Stanfield House, 1910
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(approx. one mile away); E. W. Clark House (approx. one mile away); Towle House (approx. 1.1 miles away); Scurry County Jail of 1912 (approx. 1.3 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 1.3 miles away); First Methodist Church (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Snyder.
 
More about this marker. From the intersection of SH 350 and Towle Park Road head west, turn right on Towle Park Road N, then the first right. The road will circle around the area that once held the prairie dog town.
 
The Prairie Dog Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, November 12, 2017
2. The Prairie Dog Marker
The Prairie Dog Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, November 12, 2017
3. The Prairie Dog Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 21, 2017. It was originally submitted on December 21, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 436 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 21, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.

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