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Tilden in McMullen County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Tilden

 
 
Tilden Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 20, 2018
1. Tilden Marker
Inscription.  
Settled 1858 as Rio Frio. Later called "Dog Town" because ranchers used many dogs to round up cattle. 1871 townsite was laid out as Colfax. Made county seat 1877.

Renamed for S.J. Tilden, who won popular vote for U.S. President, 1876. Ranching and petroleum center. Noted for fine rural high school, annual rodeo, historic sites.
 
Erected 1966 by Texas State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 5492.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 28° 27.653′ N, 98° 32.98′ W. Marker is in Tilden, Texas, in McMullen County. Marker is on River Street (State Highway 16) south of Elm Street (State Highway 72), on the right when traveling north. Marker is located at the southwest corner of the McMullen County Courthouse grounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 River Street, Tilden TX 78072, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. McMullen County (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Rock Store (within shouting distance of this

Tilden Marker (<i>tall view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 20, 2018
2. Tilden Marker (tall view)
marker); Dog Town Jail (within shouting distance of this marker); Boot Hill Cemetery, 1858-77 (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Original Burial Site of Moses William Hindes (about 600 feet away); San Caja Hill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Camp Rio Frio, C.S.A. (approx. ¼ mile away); Old McMullen College (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tilden.
 
Also see . . .
1. Tilden History in a Pecan Shell.
In 1858, there were two communities in the area. Thirty people who had congregated near the mouth of Leoncita Creek on the Frio River looked around for something to name their town after. They came up with Rio Frio. Rio Frio was once called Dog Town for a mass execution of the towns canine population by drunken cowboys. Dog Town had 190 people by 1870 and the town got its own post office the following year. The name of the town was changed to Colfax in 1871. In 1877 it was chosen as the county seat when McMullen County was organized, and the name was changed to Tilden. (Submitted on June 12, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Tilden, Texas.
In 1879 a ferry across the Frio was established at Tilden, and about
Tilden Marker (<i>wide view; McMullen County courthouse in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 20, 2018
3. Tilden Marker (wide view; McMullen County courthouse in background)
1880 stagecoaches traveling the San Antonio-Laredo road began to make regular stops there. In 1878 the town's first church was built and was shared by Methodists and Baptists. In 1952 Tilden had three cafes, four service stations, two garages, four grocery stores, a drugstore, a barbershop, a lumberyard, and three churches. (Submitted on June 12, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
McMullen County Courthouse (<i>front view; marker visible, edge-on, in background at far right</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 20, 2018
4. McMullen County Courthouse (front view; marker visible, edge-on, in background at far right)
Tilden Post Office (<i>across River Street from marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 20, 2018
5. Tilden Post Office (across River Street from marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 14, 2018. It was originally submitted on June 12, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 12, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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