Near Sterling City in Sterling County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Town of Cummins
— (100 yds. SW) —
The two towns became rivals for the designation of county seat when the Texas Legislature created Sterling County from Tom Green County on March 4, 1891. An intense publicity campaign developed, aided by the writings of the respective town newspaper editors: W. L. Thurman of the Cummins paper, the "North Concho News," and S. R. Ezzell of the "Sterling Courier". An election, conducted May 20, 1891, appeared to be a victory for Cummins until several voting boxes were dismissed for technical reasons, resulting in a tie. A second election on July 7 gave Sterling City a 13-vote margin and it was named the county seat.
Most Cummins businesses and residents had moved to Sterling City by the end of 1891. Nothing remains of the early townsite, which once included a school, saloon, meat market, mercantile,
Erected 1981 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5525.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is March 4, 1891.
Location. 31° 50.446′ N, 101° 1.144′ W. Marker is near Sterling City, Texas, in Sterling County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 87 and Hunt Rd, on the right when traveling south on U.S. 87. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sterling City TX 76951, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. State Hotel – First State Bank (approx. 1.8 miles away); Sterling County Jail (approx. 1.8 miles away); Sterling County (approx. 1.9 miles away); Concho, San Saba & Llano Valley Railroad Station (approx. 2 miles away); Montvale (approx. 5.1 miles away); Camp Elizabeth (approx. 7˝ miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on October 21, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 21, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 595 times since then and 330 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 21, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.