Near Idalou in Lubbock County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
In 1878 Paris Cox (1846-1888), an Indiana Quaker, visited this area with a group of buffalo hunters. Attracted by the abundance of cheap farm land, he returned to Indiana and began advertising his plans for a Quaker colony here. Although the first colonists who arrived in 1879 were discouraged by a severe winter, other settlers, including those of various religious beliefs, soon moved to the area. The settlement was first called Maryetta in honor of Cox's wife, but in 1886 it was renamed Estacado, part of the Spanish term for the Staked Plains, Llano Estacado.
When Crosby County was formally organized in 1886, Estacado was chosen as the first county seat. A courthouse was built two years later. The center of a vast agricultural area, Estacado continued to prosper until the 1890s when the county seat was moved to Emma and many of the early colonists began migrating to other areas.
An important reminder of Estacado's pioneers is this community cemetery, the burial site of many early settlers and area leaders, including Paris Cox. Now part of Lubbock County, it serves as a historic record of the individuals who opened
Erected 1982 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1504.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1878.
Location. 33° 44.226′ N, 101° 34.193′ W. Marker is near Idalou, Texas, in Lubbock County. Marker is on Unnamed Road, half a mile east of N County Road 3900, in the median. The marker can be found from Idalou taking US62/82 east to N County Road 3900 and turning north for 4.8 miles and heading east on dirt road for .5 miles. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Idalou TX 79329, 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. Site of Estacado (approx. 1.1 miles away); Lorenzo Cemetery (approx. 3.4 miles away); Lorenzo (approx. 5 miles away); Becton Cemetery (approx. 5.1 miles away); Idalou Cemetery (approx. 6.4 miles away); Farmer Community (approx. 7.2 miles away); Cone Cemetery (approx. 9½ miles away); Petersburg (approx. 9.9 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on May 28, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 27, 2021, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. This page has been viewed 72 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 27, 2021, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.