Cross Plains in Callahan County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Home of Robert E. Howard
Adventure and fantasy writer (and creator of Conan) Robert Ervin Howard (1906-1936) moved in 1919 to this homesite with his parents, Dr. Isaac and Hester (Ervin) Howard. Robert E. Howard wrote hundreds of stories, spanning several genres, and more than 700 poems in his bedroom at this site.
Robert began writing at an early age, when he was about eight or nine years old. Robert's mother enjoyed reciting poetry to him and encouraged his writing. He started working to get his stories published when he was fifteen. At the age of eighteen, Robert sold his first story, "Spear and Fang," to pulp magazine Weird Tales for its July 1925 issue. Shortly after the Howards arrived in Cross Plains, so did an oil boom. Robert observed the negative effects an oil boom can have on the townspeople, which contributed to his philosophies and many of his stories. Often his stories told about the corruption of civilization and the rise from and plummet into barbarism, with one moral man against a multitude of immortal adversaries. In his last few years, Robert left clues of his suicidal mood through his poetry, as well as making plans in the event
An internationally-known author and father of the sword and sorcery sub-genre, Howard's stories have influenced several generations. His works have been translated into 23 languages. Decades after his death, Robert E. Howard and his characters are still being studied, published, filmed, role-played, and enjoyed.
Marker is property of the State of Texas
Erected 2019 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 22560.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music.
Location. 32° 7.286′ N, 99° 10.319′ W. Marker is in Cross Plains, Texas, in Callahan County. Marker is at the intersection of SW Fifth Street (State Highway 36) and Mesquite Street, on the right when traveling east on SW Fifth Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 625 SW Fifth St, Cross Plains TX 76443, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Mason-Camp Cooper Military Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cross Plains Cemetery (approx. Fort Mason-Camp Cooper Military Road (approx. ¼ mile away); Pioneer Cemetery War Memorial (approx. 5.4 miles away); Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 5.4 miles away); Old Cottonwood Cemetery (approx. 5.9 miles away); Site of Cottonwood Springs (approx. 6.1 miles away); Cottonwood Bank and Post Office (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cross Plains.
Also see . . . Robert E. Howard Museum - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on December 26, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2022. It was originally submitted on December 26, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 513 times since then and 69 times this year. Last updated on July 11, 2022, by Joe Lotz of Denton, Texas. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 16, 2021, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 26, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.