Comanche in Comanche County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Texas Longhorn is a breed of cattle known for its characteristic horns, which can extend to over 6ft tip to tip for bulls and 7ft for steers. They can be any color or mix of colors, but dark red and white are the most dominant. They are descendants of the first cattle in the new world, brought by Christopher Columbus and Spanish colonists to the Caribbean island of Hispaniola. Over the next 2 centuries the Spanish moved the cattle north, arriving in the area that would become Texas near the end of the 17th century.
The cattle escaped or were turned loose on the open range, where they remained mostly free for the next 200 years.
As Texas became more heavily settled following annexation by the U.S. the frontier gave way to established farms and ranch lands. The leaner Longhorn beef was not as attractive in an era where tallow and weight gain were highly prized. The Texas Longhorn stock slowly dwindled, until in 1927 the breed was saved from near extinction by enthusiasts from the U.S. Forest Service.
Erected by Comanche County Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker Animals • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 31° 53.9′ N, 98° 36.254′ W. Marker is in Comanche, Texas, in Comanche County. Marker is at the intersection of North Austin Street (State Highway 16) and West Grand Avenue, on the left when traveling north on North Austin Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Comanche TX 76442, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of John Wesley Hardin's Murder of Deputy Sheriff Charles Webb (a few steps from this marker); John Wesley Hardin (a few steps from this marker); Jo G. Hardin and Cousins (a few steps from this marker); Preacher Hardin Family (within shouting distance of this marker); Royal King (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Veterans (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); The Comanche (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Comanche.
Also see . . . Texas Longhorn. Wikipedia (Submitted on October 17, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on October 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 17, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 27 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 17, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.