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


Iraan Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, May 20, 2020
1. Iraan Marker
Inscription.  In 1922 three local businessmen, O. W. Parker, George Thompson, and I. G. Yates, leased the drilling rights on twenty sections of ranch land to Transcontinental Oil Company. After two dry holes were drilled the I. G. Yates Well No. 1 blew in on October 28, 1926. The area around ranch headquarters became a boom town. Because it was isolated, support of the increased population became difficult. Yates converted a barn into a hotel and the area became known as Red Barn Community.

In April 1927 Yates commissioned H. L. George of San Angelo to survey a townsite at this location, 3 miles north of Red Barn. A contest was held to choose a name for the new town. The winner was "Iraan", submitted by C. R. Hallmark who combined the names of Ira Yates and his wife Ann. His prize was a city lot.

The first business to operate in Iraan was a service station run by K. P. Looney. A post office was opened in 1928. A nondenominational chapel known as Union Church was set up from contributions by Yates and Mid-Kansas Oil Company.

During the boom days of Iraan, V. T. Hamlin worked as a free-lance writer. It was here that he created
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the comic strip "Alley Oop" . A park honoring his cartoon characters is located in the city.
Erected 1980 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2650.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1927.
Location. 30° 54.832′ N, 101° 53.946′ W. Marker is in Iraan, Texas, in Pecos County. Marker is at the intersection of Farr Street and U.S. 190, on the right when traveling north on Farr Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 508 Farr Street, Iraan TX 79744, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lest We Forget (here, next to this marker); Marathon Oil Company Discovery Well (approx. 0.7 miles away); O. W. Parker Ranch Headquarters (approx. 1.9 miles away); Giddings' Pecos Station (approx. 4.9 miles away); Camp Melvin and the Pontoon Crossing of the Pecos River (approx. 9˝ miles away).
Also see . . .  Iraan, TX - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on May 22, 2020, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.) 
Iraan Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brian Anderson, May 20, 2020
2. Iraan Marker
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 172 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 22, 2020, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.

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