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Hico in Hamilton County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

John Rankin Alford

John Rankin Alford Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, July 16, 2021
1. John Rankin Alford Marker

John Rankin Alford was born in Tennessee in 1834, and he arrived in Hamilton County, Texas, in 1860 with his wife Martha Ann (Malone). The couple settled on Honey Creek and Alford began selling goods that he had brought with him by wagon and also engaged in the cattle business. The small settlement along Honey Creek was on the mail route between Meridian and Brownwood, and as the community grew, a petition was made for the establishment of a post office at the site; Alford selected the name Hico, after his childhood home of Hico, Calloway County, Kentucky, and served as the young town's first postmaster.

After serving in the Second Frontier Regiment of Texas State Troops during the Civil War and surviving the Battle of Dove Creek, Alford became a physician by standing before an Examining Board of Physicians in Meridian in 1875, and remained a doctor in good standing for the remainder of his life, practicing medicine well into his eighties. Alford married Lerona King in 1877 after the death of his first wife. He fathered fourteen children. Alford was a charter member of the Hico Masonic Lodge and was a founding member of the
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Hico Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). In 1880, when the railroad came to Hamilton County and the citizens of Hico chose to move the town to be adjacent to the rail line, Alford also relocated, and he established a drug store at the new townsite.

Alford remained in Hico for the rest of his life, and he died in his home on April 1, 1928. He is buried in the Hico Cemetery, surrounded by his family. Generations of Hico citizens recognize his dedication and contributions to the town of Hico and its people.
Erected 2010 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16535.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is April 1, 1928.
Location. 31° 58.849′ N, 98° 1.861′ W. Marker is in Hico, Texas, in Hamilton County. Marker is at the intersection of Pecan Street and North Railroad Street, in the median on Pecan Street. The marker is located in the middle of the median of the parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Pecan Street, Hico TX 76457, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First United Methodist Church of Hico (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Hico (approx. 2.4 miles away); Clairette Schoolhouse (approx. 6.6
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miles away); Olin Baptist Church (approx. 8.3 miles away); Riverside Cemetery (approx. 9.3 miles away); Iredell First United Methodist Church (approx. 9.4 miles away); United Methodist Church of Fairy (approx. 9½ miles away); Alexander Cemetery (approx. 12 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hico.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 20, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 159 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 20, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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