Religion, Education, and Medicine
— Hamilton Park —
I am the land. Preachers, teachers, doctors, and nurses. Their presence was vital as families came to raise cattle and cultivate the land.
Religion was practiced by circuit riders visiting cowboys around the camp fire and preaching in homes and schools. People came from miles in buggies and wagons, by horseback, and on foot for preaching and dinner on the grounds. The first church was a Baptist church in Gomez in 1903, followed by a Methodist Church in Brownfield in 1905. As congregations became established, preachers were hired.
Pioneers came to my land to establish a new home, to worship God, and to educate their children. The first Gomez school building had one room divided by a cloth curtain. The Brownfield school opened in 1904 with Jessie G. Randal as teacher. Meadow and Needmore opened schools that same year. Children rode horses and mules or walked long distances.
Schools closed during harvest for children to "pick" or "pull” cotton.
A medical book and home remedies were the mainstay for families. Births and surgery in homes were common. Although several early doctors were occasionally available,
Terry County now boasts over 30 churches, three
school districts, and Brownfield Regional Medical
Center. Today's dedicated preachers, teachers,
doctors and nurses, like those that went before, serve
a friendly determined people who love the land.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Education.
Location. 33° 11.688′ N, 102° 16.518′ W. Marker is in Brownfield, Texas, in Terry County. Marker is on Lubbock Road (U.S. 62), on the right when traveling south. The marker is on the grounds of Hamilton Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brownfield TX 79316, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Land (here, next to this marker); Flora and Fauna (a few steps from this marker); Law and Order (a few steps from this marker); Business (a few steps from this marker); Ranching (a few steps from this marker); Dr. Richard "Dick” L. Ridgway
Credits. This page was last revised on January 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 12, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 12, 2021, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.