Near Veribest in Tom Green County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
R. F. Tankersley Homestead
R. F. Tankersley built this rock house with locally quarried rock. No cement was available at the time, but a combination of limestone, gravel, and buffalo hair made a plaster that has lasted for more than 135 years. Oxen carried doors, oak flooring and handmade square nails from San Antonio to the Concho river. Gun ports were placed in the rock walls and there was a high rock fence around the house for protection. The home's construction is very similar to Fort Concho, which was built around the same time with
The Tankersleys homesteaded on the property until their marriage ended in divorce in 1878. The property had several owners over the years before it was sold to J. Willis Johnson in 1900 and kept in the family for 84 years. The R. F. Tankersley homestead is thought to be the oldest home still standing in the Concho Valley. The property was designated a State Antiquities Landmark in 2016.
Erected 2017 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18794.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1864.
Location. 31° 28.698′ N, 100° 18.247′ W. Marker is near Veribest, Texas, in Tom Green County. Marker is on Farm to Market Road 380, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Veribest TX 76886, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. John's Hospital (approx. 5.9 miles away); RQ-4A Global Hawk (approx. 6.8 miles away); RF-4C Phantom II (approx. 6.8 miles away); a different marker also named RF-4C Phantom II (approx. 6.8 miles away); T-6G Texan (approx. 7 miles away); Goodfellow Field (approx. 7 miles away); EC-47 ARDF Operations in Southeast Asia (approx. 7 miles away); RQ-1K Predator (approx. 7.1 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 2, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 279 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 2, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.