Near Hermleigh in Scurry County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Former Townsite of Wheat
Small farming community that grew up here in the late 1880s. Received its name because of a bumper wheat crop the year the U.S. Post Office opened - 1890. Two postmasters served here: Minerva Thomas and G.W. McCall. A school, which doubled as a church, was built a half mile west on southeast corner of adjoining section of land. When Roscoe, Snyder & Pacific Railroad was built through the area in 1907, residents moved two stores and a gin to newly surveyed townsite of Hermleigh to have access to the railroad.
Erected 1972 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1958.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1890.
Location. 32° 39.667′ N, 100° 44.563′ W. Marker is near Hermleigh, Texas, in Scurry County. Marker is on County Highway 4104, 1˝ miles east of Farm to Market Road 644, on the left when traveling east. The marker is located at the county road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hermleigh TX 79526, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles Hermleigh (approx. 2.1 miles away); St. John's Catholic Church (approx. 2.3 miles away); Pyron, Texas (approx. 4.4 miles away); Greene Springs and Site of Archeological Discoveries (approx. 5.4 miles away); Lone Wolf Community (approx. 9 miles away); Engine No. 5 (approx. 9.1 miles away); Dodson House (approx. 9.1 miles away); Former Calaboose (approx. 9.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hermleigh.
Also see . . . Wheat Culture.
Wheat for grain is one of the state's most valuable cash crops, usually exceeded in value only by cotton lint, sorghum, and rice. Wheat pastures also provide considerable winter grazing for cattle. Wheat was first grown commercially in Texas near Sherman about 1833. The acreage expanded greatly in North Central and East Texas after 1850 due to the rapid settlement of the state and the introduction of the Mediterranean strain of wheat. In 1850 the wheat crop was less than 50,000 bushels, but by 1867 it reached 6,000,000 bushels with a market value of a dollar a bushel. At that time the crop was transported to market on ox wagons. Some planting was done by grain drills, and reaping machines were being used on most farms. Threshers could thresh and clean from 150 to 300 bushels a day. A major family-flour industry developed(Submitted on July 13, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 13, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 147 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on July 13, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.