Near Loraine in Mitchell County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
D.W. "80 John" Wallace
(1860 - 1939)
Born of slave parents, Victoria County. At 15 became a cowboy. Rode from Old Mexico to Kansas.
In 1877, came to this county riding for Clay Mann whose "80" brand gave him name for rest of life. On Mann's advice, bought land; past 25, and 6' 3" tall, went back to school. Left Mann's for own ranch, 1891. Eventually had fine cattle and crops on 12½ sections of land. Also oil was found on his property. Up to 74, still rode bucking horses.
Married Laura Owen; 3 of their 4 children became teachers. His interest in education caused a school to be named for him.
Erected 1966 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 1146.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Agriculture • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Industry & Commerce.
Location. 32° 23.365′ N, 100° 40.869′ W. Marker is near Loraine, Texas, in Mitchell County. Marker is on County Road 424 0.2 miles south of County Road 406, on the right when travelingTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1047 S Co Rd 424, Loraine TX 79532, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Roscoe, Snyder & Pacific Railway (approx. 9.2 miles away); Roscoe Veterans Memorial (approx. 9.2 miles away); Dr. James Wells Young, Sr. and Iona Kearse Young (approx. 9.2 miles away); The Bankhead Highway (approx. 9.2 miles away); Seven Wells (approx. 9.2 miles away); George Parks (approx. 9.2 miles away); Colorado City Standpipe (approx. 9.2 miles away); R.C. (Dick) Ware (approx. 9.3 miles away).
Regarding D.W. "80 John" Wallace. D.W. got his nickname from the Mann Ranch brand – a large "80" used on both cattle and horses. Since he did the majority of the branding, D.W. became known as "80 John." The name stuck with him for the rest of his life. Source: National Ranching Heritage Center - Texas Tech University
Also see . . . From Slavery to Cattle King. The interesting story of D.W."80 John" Wallace's rise to Cattle King in West Texas. (Submitted on December 7, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 7, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.