Near Houston in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Emil Henry Marks (1881-1969), a descendant of Prussian immigrants was orphaned at an early age and reared by his maternal grandparents in Addicks, Texas, and later by relatives in Pattison, Texas.
Marks registered the LH7 cattle brand in 1898. He married Maud May Smith in 1907. They raised Longhorn Cattle in Addicks and in 1917 relocated their expanding herd to a 640-acre ranch in Barker, Texas. By the early 1930s their herd had increased to 6,816 head of cattle and their grazing land had expanded to 36,000 acres.
A barbeque and rodeo held by Marks during spring roundup and branding activities in 1918 became such a popular annual event that he expanded the rodeo facilities and began charging admission. LH7 Rodeos, a showplace for Marks' premier Longhorn Cattle, ended in 1950 after much of his Barker ranch was inundated by the creation of the Barker Flood Control Reservoir.
Marks helped found the South Texas Producers Association (1931), Houston's Fat Stock Show and Rodeo (1932), the Salt Grass Trail Drive (1952), and the Texas Longhorn Breeders Association of America (1964). In 1936 he broke ground for the San Jacinto
The heirs of Emil and Maud Marks continued to raise Longhorn Cattle and use the LH7 brand.
Sesquicentennial of Texas Statehood 1845 - 1995
Erected 1995 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10719.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Animals • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1898.
Location. 29° 46.565′ N, 95° 41.147′ W. Marker is near Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is on Barker - Clodine, 0.3 miles south of Cypress - Chase, on the right when traveling south. The marker is located at a small historical park with a parking lot for a few cars. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Houston TX 77094, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Former Site of the Marks LH7 Ranch (here, next to this marker); Barker Post Office (approx. 1.1 miles away); Gray Lodge No. 329, A.F.& A.M. (approx. 3½ miles away); Bear Creek Methodist Church and Cemetery (approx. 3.6 miles away); Moore Log House (approx. 7 miles away); Alief Cemetery (approx. 7 miles away); Dairy (Alief) (approx. 7.1 miles away); First Baptist Church of Katy (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
Also see . . .
1. LH7 Ranch. TSHA Texas (Submitted on November 2, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
2. Texas Longhorn. Wikipedia (Submitted on November 2, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 2, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 115 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 2, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.