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John Shelby Wisdom

(October 1855-March 7, 1931)

 
 
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By Kayla Harper, July 26, 2020
1. John Shelby Wisdom Marker
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Born into a large family in Tennessee, John Shelby Wisdom moved with his family to a farm near Mulberry, Arkansas, when he was very young. He moved to Texas as a teenager and found work in ranching and cattle driving. Years later, he met a 12-year-old fiddler named Madison Pinkney "Pink" Wright and his widowed mother, Hattie Wright. Wisdom married Mrs. Wright in 1880, and the three of them lived in various parts of Texas before coming to reside in this area in 1897. In 1901 they purchased 148 acres for $100.

Hattie Wisdom died in 1918. Wisdom and Pink Wright began to observe the Boy Scouts who camped on the property just west of their own. In 1920, John Shelby Wisdom was so moved by a troop of Scouts holding an Easter Sunday service in the woods that the older man was inspired to invite the Boy Scouts to camp on his land whenever they liked. In 1922, Wisdom and Pink Wright deeded 185 acres of land to the Dallas Council of the Boy Scouts (now Circle Ten Council), retaining a life estate in 130 acres.

Known by this time as "Daddy" Wisdom, John Shelby Wisdom spent much of his time with the Scouts. In December 1924, the house
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By Kayla Harper, July 26, 2020
2. John Shelby Wisdom Marker
shared by "Daddy" Wisdom and Pink Wright burned. The Boy Scouts immediately set to work building them a new home. Pink Wright died in 1925 of a cerebral hemorrhage. One month later his neighbors arranged for a grieving John Shelby Wisdom to reunite with his oldest brother, who had come to Dallas for a Confederate reunion. Wisdom, accompanied by several Eagle Scouts, later traveled to Arkansas to visit long-lost relatives. When Wisdom died in 1931, he was mourned by his family and thousands of Boy Scouts.
 
Erected 2000 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11841.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkParks & Recreational AreasSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 32° 40.588′ N, 96° 55.887′ W. Marker is in Dallas, Texas, in Dallas County. Marker is on West Red Bird Lane, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6400 W Red Bird Lane, Dallas TX 75236, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John C. Pelt (approx. 2 miles away); Duncanville (approx. 2 miles away); First Christian Church of Duncanville (approx. 2.2 miles away); First United Methodist Church of Duncanville (approx. 2.3 miles away); Dallas Baptist University
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By Kayla Harper, July 26, 2020
3. Entrance to Camp Wisdom
(approx. 2.4 miles away); Penn Springs (approx. 3.1 miles away); Trees Cemetery (approx. 3.2 miles away); The Hord Log Cabin (approx. 3.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dallas.
 
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By Kayla Harper, July 26, 2020
4. Fort at Camp Wisdom
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 30, 2020, by Kayla Harper of Dallas, Texas. This page has been viewed 62 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 30, 2020, by Kayla Harper of Dallas, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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