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San Angelo in Tom Green County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Site of Ben Ficklin

 
 
Site of Ben Ficklin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2018
1. Site of Ben Ficklin Marker
Inscription.  An early stage stand named in honor of Major Ben Ficklin, 1820 - 1870. A noted frontiersman, mail and stage contractor, who assisted in establishing the Pony Express. He carried the first message from the first governor of California to the governor of Missouri. First county seat of Tom Green County, 1875-1882. Destroyed by flood, August 24, 1882
 
Erected 1936 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 14447.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments series list.
 
Location. 31° 24.169′ N, 100° 26.402′ W. Marker is in San Angelo, Texas, in Tom Green County. Marker is on Ben Ficklin Road 0.1 miles north of Becker Lane, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Angelo TX 76904, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Tom Green County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Major Ben Ficklin, C.S.A. (approx. 0.2 miles away);
Site of Ben Ficklin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2018
2. Site of Ben Ficklin Marker
Ben Ficklin Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); TB-25N Mitchell (approx. 2.4 miles away); Chaplain, Major General Robert Preston Taylor (approx. 2.4 miles away); Charles B. Metcalfe (approx. 2.4 miles away); BT-13A Valiant (approx. 2˝ miles away); RQ-1K Predator (approx. 2˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Angelo.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ben Ficklin, Texas - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on April 10, 2018.)
2. Ben Ficklin flood stories revealed in archives. From the San Angelo Standard-Times. Includes map showing townsite of Ben Ficklin and location of mail and stage station. (Submitted on April 10, 2018.) 

3. Benficklin, Texas. From the Texas Escapes website. Includes a section “The Historical Marker is Not Where the Town Once Was”. (Submitted on April 10, 2018.) 
 
View to North Along Ben Ficklin Road image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2018
3. View to North Along Ben Ficklin Road
Marker is on left (west) side of road
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 10, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 93 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 10, 2018, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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