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Hereford in Deaf Smith County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Ghost Towns

of Deaf Smith County

 
 
Ghost Towns Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen Lowrey, August 17, 2020
1. Ghost Towns Marker
Inscription.  

Here as in many Texas counties, ghost towns and ghost post offices outnumber living ones. La Plata (formerly Grenada) thrived as county seat and was a major stop of New Mexico-Amarillo Road, 1880s and 90s. Its 28 houses and businesses were removed to Hereford with the county government in 1898.

Ayr, which lost county seat to La Plata, 1890, had an early post office and a few frame buildings. Other nonexistent post offices include Escarbada (on XIT Ranch), 1889; Dean, 1892-99; Mirage (possibly on LS Ranch), 1891-94; Kelso, 1907-1908.
(1969)
 
Erected 1969 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 2181.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 34° 49.125′ N, 102° 23.939′ W. Marker is in Hereford, Texas, in Deaf Smith County. Marker can be reached from Sampson Street. The marker is inside the fenced area behind the museum. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 Sampson Street, Hereford TX 79045, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Two-Wheel Fire Hose Reel (a few steps from this
Ghost Towns Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen Lowrey, August 17, 2020
2. Ghost Towns Marker
marker); Former Site of St. Anthony's Catholic School (a few steps from this marker); Deaf Smith Courthouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Deaf Smith County (about 500 feet away); Quanah Parker Trail (about 500 feet away); Pioneer Windmill (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Quanah Parker Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hereford High School (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hereford.
 
Deaf Smith County Museum image. Click for full size.
By Allen Lowrey, May 23, 2020
3. Deaf Smith County Museum
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 22, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 22, 2020, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. This page has been viewed 52 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 22, 2020, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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