Sheffield in Pecos County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Nearby Pecos Spring attracted settlers to the area in the 1880s and 90s. Families lived in tents on the north side of the creek and hauled water from the spring. About 1890 a community water well was dug. Early residents were sheep and cattle ranchers. Mail and supplies had to be brought from San Angelo and Ozona. About 1901 Will Sheffield built a grocery and dry goods store approximately one mile from the spring. A post office opened with Will Sheffield as postmaster. Since he was the first to operate a store, the settlement was named for him. A saloon was opened, and in 1901 a school was begun with sixty-four pupils. After living for several years in tents, residents began building permanent homes.
Garrett Bean purchased a section of land from the state where the present townsite is located and drew off town lots in 1905.
Well-known Texas Ranger Frank Hamer got his start in law enforcement here. Sheffield
Erected 1980 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4665.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1901.
Location. 30° 41.494′ N, 101° 49.745′ W. Marker is in Sheffield, Texas, in Pecos County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 349 and Pine Street, on the right when traveling south on State Highway 349. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sheffield TX 79781, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ruins of Fort Lancaster (approx. 8.1 miles away); Howard's Well (approx. 9.3 miles away); The Chihuahua Trail and Escondido Water Hole (approx. 9.3 miles away); Old Government Road (approx. 9.3 miles away).
Also see . . . Sheffield, TX - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on September 4, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 4, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 4, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 80 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 4, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.