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Goldsmith in Ector County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Goldsmith

 
 
Goldsmith Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, November 11, 2017
1. Goldsmith Marker
Inscription.  

Opened as oil field June 14, 1935, with flow of 1140 bbls. of crude oil daily from discovery well. Within a month, shacks and tents housed 350 people. Harry L. Tucker in May 1937 platted town of Ector City. Name later changed to honor C. A. Goldsmith, owner of the land. In 2 years, Goldsmith had cafes, taverns, a hospital, movie theater, hotels, motels, shops and a newspaper.

First residents paid 25 cents at only bath in town -- a shower sprayed from an overhead tank.

Now a gas processing and distribution center.
 
Erected 1965 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 2198.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1937.
 
Location. 31° 58.84′ N, 102° 36.989′ W. Marker is in Goldsmith, Texas, in Ector County. Marker is at the intersection of West Gulf Avenue and Hendrickson Street, on the left when traveling east on West Gulf Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Goldsmith TX 79741, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 12 miles
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of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Notrees (approx. 9.3 miles away); Near site of Baker Ranch School (approx. 11.3 miles away); LeGrande Survey of 1833 (approx. 11.3 miles away).
 
Goldsmith Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, November 11, 2017
2. Goldsmith Marker
Goldsmith City Hall image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, November 11, 2017
3. Goldsmith City Hall
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 13, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 16, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 379 times since then and 23 times this year. Last updated on July 11, 2022, by Joe Lotz of Denton, Texas. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 16, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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