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Near Hallettsville in Lavaca County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Rabb Switch

 
 
Rabb Switch Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, December 31, 2018
1. Rabb Switch Marker
Inscription.  

Edward M. Rabb (1855-1908) a native of La Grange, Fayette County, Texas, was the son of William and Prudence Smalley Rabb. In the 1880s Dr. Edward M. Rabb settled in this area and purchased 2089 acres of land from S. W. Campbell.

At his death, Dr. Rabb left a will with instructions calling for a wood and water switch to serve the railroad to be built on a portion of his land. The San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad was built across the Navidad River in 1887. The switch was constructed and local residents cut and loaded firewood for shipment to Houston. The land that was cleared of firewood was used to farm cotton and corn, the primary source of income for farmers in the area. Two stores opened at Rabb Switch, and a school built in the 1800s was moved to the community in 1919 and served 30-35 students.

The railroad ceased operations during the 1950s, at the same time that U.S. Highway 90-A was improved. When the school was closed in 1953, students were transferred five miles west to the Hallettsville Independent School District, and the population declined thereafter as businesses closed.
 
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1997 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12022.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1887.
 
Location. 29° 27.635′ N, 96° 50.055′ W. Marker is near Hallettsville, Texas, in Lavaca County. Marker is on Alternate U.S. 90, 0.6 miles west of County Road 132, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hallettsville TX 77964, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Sublime Baptist Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); Zion Lutheran Church (approx. 2.7 miles away); Geiger Cemetery (approx. 4.2 miles away); City Cemetery (approx. 5.6 miles away); St. James Episcopal Church (approx. 6.1 miles away); Hallettsville Public Schools (approx. 6.2 miles away); St. Peter Lutheran Church (approx. 6.3 miles away); Hallettsville Public Library (approx. 6.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hallettsville.
 
Also see . . .  Rabb Switch, TX - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on January 3, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.) 
 
Rabb Switch Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 4, 2021
2. Rabb Switch Marker
The view of the Rabb Switch Marker from the road image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 4, 2021
3. The view of the Rabb Switch Marker from the road
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 2, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. This page has been viewed 506 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on January 3, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.   2, 3. submitted on August 4, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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