— Hamilton Park —
I am the land. A bath, hot meal, freight, sugar, coffee, needle and thread, plows, and news. The needs of my people determined the businesses established here.
Before there were highways, Sulphur Draw offered a winding trail for freight wagons bringing supplies from distant railheads. The urgent need for water brought well drillers and windmill builders. A dusty cowboy stopped at the barbershop for a bath. Hotels charged 50 cents for a meal and 50 cents for a bed. Doors had no locks. A man's honor was the key to his room. Mules and wagons were parked at the livery stable and wagon yard. Blacksmiths shoed horses and mules and built and repaired farm equipment.
The friendly town banker, judging a man's character by the way he treated his family and mules, loaned money to expand a farm or purchase goods.
Mercantile stores stocked a variety of goods that my people could not produce. Hatcheries supplied stores with baby chickens. One two young boys released all the baby chicks from one store. What a funny sight...men, women, children, and chicks, running and tumbling around the court house square!
Changes occur, but one thing remains the same.
Businesses provide goods and services needed for
my people to prosper and live a "good life".
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 33° 11.688′ N, 102° 16.508′ 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. Oil and Gas (here, next to this marker); Farming (a few steps from this marker); Ranching (a few steps from this marker); Religion, Education, and Medicine (a few steps from this marker); Law and Order (a few steps from this marker); The Land (a few steps from this marker); Dr. Richard "Dick” L. Ridgway (a few steps from this marker); Flora and Fauna (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brownfield.
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 36 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.