Near Iraan in Crockett County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Camp Melvin and the Pontoon Crossing of the Pecos River
By the 1860s, the two main routes through the region bypassed the crossing here, as other fords presented fewer obstacles or appeared more secure. The northern route's Horsehead Crossing, however, was a target for Comanche attacks, and the southern route near Fort Lancaster failed to provide a convenient connection between Forts Concho and Stockton. As a result, Capt. F.S. Dodge of Fort Stockton sought a new crossing in 1868, and he chose the one previously used by Domínguez and Connelly.
Designing a means to allow travelers a safe and
Erected 2006 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13428.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Bridges & Viaducts • Roads & Vehicles.
Location. 31° 1.023′ N, 102° 0.221′ W. Marker is near Iraan, Texas, in Crockett County. Marker is on State Highway 349, 6.4 miles north of U.S. 190, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located in a roadside picnic area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Iraan TX 79744, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Giddings' Pecos Station (approx. 6.7 miles away); Marathon Oil Company Discovery Well (approx. 9 miles away); Lest We ForgetIraan (approx. 9½ miles away); O. W. Parker Ranch Headquarters (approx. 9½ miles away); Rattlesnake Butte (approx. 10.1 miles away); Rodman-Noel Oil Field (approx. 10.1 miles away); Castle Gap (approx. 12.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Iraan.
Also see . . . Camp Melvin - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on May 22, 2020, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 22, 2020, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. This page has been viewed 503 times since then and 199 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 22, 2020, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.