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

Town of Cummins

Site of

— (100 yds. SW) —

Town of Cummins Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, October 19, 2018
1. Town of Cummins Marker
Inscription.  The pioneer settlement of Cummins developed at this site about 1890 around the saddle and harness shop of the earliest permanent settler, Mississippi native Robert Benjamin Cummins (b. 1848). A post office opened here in 1890 with J. H. Kellis as Postmaster. The following year the nearby town of Sterling City (1.9 mi. e) was founded.

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,
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blacksmith shop, and grocery stores.
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).
Town of Cummins Marker Area image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, October 19, 2018
2. Town of Cummins Marker Area
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.

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