Near Rankin in Upton County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Named in honor of John Cunningham Upton 1828-1868. A distinguished Confederate officer killed at Manassas, August 30, 1862.
County Seat, Upland, 1910-1921; Rankin, since. A cattle and sheep raising county, oil wells dot the county.
Erected 1936 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 5613.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments series list. A significant historical date for this entry is February 26, 1887.
Location. 31° 13.917′ N, 101° 50.576′ W. Marker is near Rankin, Texas, in Upton County. Marker is on U.S. 67, one mile east of County Road 230, on the right when traveling west. It is two miles east of Rankin on a roadside park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rankin TX 79778, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rankin (here, next to this marker); Colonels John C. and William F. UptonUpland (approx. 5.6 miles away); The Benedum Oil Field and Townsite (approx. 8.6 miles away); Santa Rita No. 1 (approx. 8.8 miles away); The Town of Texon (approx. 9.1 miles away).
Regarding Upton County. Lt. Colonel John C. Upton served with the Hood's Texas Brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia. By the time of Upton's death at the battle of Second Manassas the Texas Brigade was established as one of General Lee's most dependable units.
John's brother William also gained the two stars of a Confederate Lt. Colonel though his service was in Texas. William Upton survived to serve in the State Legislator after the war.
Also see . . . Upton County - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on June 13, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 13, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 15, 2011, by Zacharias Beau T of Alpine, Texas. This page has been viewed 485 times since then and 13 times this year. Last updated on June 4, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas. Photos: 1. submitted on July 15, 2011, by Zacharias Beau T of Alpine, Texas. 2. submitted on June 4, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Atascocita, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.