Law and Order
— Hamilton Park —
I am the land. Laws of nature, laws of man, Spanish claims, Mexican land grants, Texas independence, secession and statehood. My people brought organization and government to my land.
Spanish explorers led by Coronado first visited the Llano, but chose to concentrate on settling parts of Mexico and New Mexico. Mexican buffalo hunters and traders were the first non-native Americans to have a major influence on the Llano. Buffalo hunters reportedly killed over 10,000 buffalo each year until they were threatened by extinction.
Comanche Indians ruled the Llano until their last chief, Quanah Parker, surrendered to the U.S. Army in 1875. With federal permission, Chief Parker tracked rebelling Comanches across my land. In 1877 he crossed paths with Fort Concho's Buffalo Soldiers at nearby Cedar Lake. Later the soldiers became disoriented and were known as the lost “Nolan Expedition."
In the late 1800s state leases and sale of school and railroad lands attracted settlers. Squabbles erupted over leases, fencing, windmills, and ownership. My region was kind of "wild” back then. The ambush and murder
By June 28, 1904, I had enough population to have my own county seat. Most thought the thriving town of Gomez was the obvious choice. There was a tense election and arguments over cowboys' legal residences. After all, "a cowboy's home is his saddle"; where his saddle rested was his voting residence. Finally, Brownfield won by only three votes!
Finally, Brownfield won by only three votes!
With the organization of a county government, law
and order came to Terry County.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Law Enforcement • Native Americans.
Location. 33° 11.68′ N, 102° 16.515′ 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. Ranching (here, next to this marker); Flora and Fauna (here, next to this marker); Patriotism (a few steps from this marker); Farming (a few steps from this marker); The Land
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.