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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Ozona in Crockett County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

The Emerald House

The Emerald House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, May 18, 2018
1. The Emerald House Marker
Inscription.  Although the early history of this structure is unrecorded, it is known that the house originally was built in the townsite of Emerald (9 miles east). Established in 1889 as Crockett County's first settlement, Emerald was the colonization project of railroad agent T.A. Wilkinson. When Crockett County was organized formally in 1891, an election was held to determine the site of the county seat. Emerald lost its bid for the seat of government to a newly developing area that became the town of Ozona. Within a few years, many of Emerald's buildings, including this house, were moved to the new county seat. As a result, Emerald eventually disappeared.

Until 1981, when it was moved to this site, the Emerald house was located on one of Ozona's Main Streets. It had been owned by many of the town's prominent citizens, including E.M. Powell, an early area surveyor who gave the land for many of the town's public buildings and parks; pioneer merchant Phil Perner; newspaper publisher W.A. Cochran; ranchers George L. Harrell and J. W. Friend, and E.B. Deland.

As one of Crockett County's earliest structures and a survivor of its first
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settlement, the Emerald House is a significant reminder of the County's heritage.
Erected 1984 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5328.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
Location. 30° 42.543′ N, 101° 11.54′ W. Marker is in Ozona, Texas, in Crockett County. Marker is on Avenue AA south of 11th Street (State Highway 466), on the left when traveling east. Marker is located within the Crockett County Fair Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1301 Avenue AA, Ozona TX 76943, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ozona's Water System (approx. 0.4 miles away); Crockett County Jail (approx. half a mile away); Crockett County Courthouse (approx. half a mile away); The Perner House (approx. half a mile away); Ozona's First Water Well (approx. half a mile away); Crockett County (approx. half a mile away); David Crockett (approx. half a mile away); William Mozart McVey (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ozona.
The Emerald House image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, May 18, 2018
2. The Emerald House
Credits. This page was last revised on May 22, 2018. It was originally submitted on May 18, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. This page has been viewed 168 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 18, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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May. 28, 2023