Stephenville in Erath County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
John Tarleton was an orphan, who at an early age worked his way from New England to Knoxville, Tennessee. Employed in a dry goods store for over forty years, he invested in government land certificates, eventually securing patents to thousands of acres. Arriving in Texas in the 1870s, he lived briefly in Waco, where he operated a mercantile store. He moved to this area in 1880, and entered the cattle business. At his death in November 1895, he left the bulk of his estate to found Tarleton College, which opened in Stephenville in 1899.
Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986
Erected 1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2814.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1895.
Location. 32° 12.822′ N, 98° 13.002′ W. Marker is in Stephenville, Texas, in Erath County. Marker is at the intersection of North Lillian Street and West Wadhington Street (Business U.S. 377), on the left when traveling south on North Lillian StreetTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 422 North Lillian Street, Stephenville TX 76401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. In Memory of George Bernhard Erath (approx. Ύ mile away); Erath Arches (approx. Ύ mile away); First Methodist Church of Stephenville (approx. 0.8 miles away); Stephenville Masonic Lodge No. 267 (approx. 0.9 miles away); Stephenville Drug Stores (approx. 0.9 miles away); First National Bank Building (approx. 0.9 miles away); Crow Opera House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Dawson Saloon (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stephenville.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2022. It was originally submitted on October 23, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 102 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on July 11, 2022, by Joe Lotz of Denton, Texas. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 23, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.