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Canyon in Randall County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

J. Evetts Haley

(July 5, 1901 - October 9, 1995)

 
 
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A noted historian, writer and public figure in Texas during the early 20th century, J. Evetts Haley was born in Belton (Bell County). He grew up in Midland, working on area ranches and competing in rodeos. Haley attended Midland College and West Texas Normal College in Canyon, where he earned a degree in history. He went on to earn his master's degree at the University of Texas in Austin in 1926, focusing on post-Civil War Texas cattle trails.

In 1925, Haley was appointed the first field secretary of the Panhandle-Plains Historical Society and Museum in Canyon. During his time at the museum, Haley reveled in interviewing ranchers and farmers regarding old trail drives and the initial development of the cattle industry in west Texas. He began collecting artifacts and documents of early ranches and pioneers which have been installed in numerous museums and collections throughout the region. Haley was also a prolific author, writing articles and numerous acclaimed books chronicling the lives and times of early west Texas, most notably Charles Goodnight and the XIT Ranch.

Haley was an original member of the Texas State Historical
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Survey Committee (now Texas Historical Commission). He received many honors throughout his life, including induction into the Hall of Great Westerners at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center (1990) and the Heritage Hall of Fame at the State Fair of Texas (1994). His library and personal papers became the initial collection of the Haley Memorial Library & History Center in Midland. Haley passed away in Midland and is buried in Moffat Cemetery (Bell County).
 
Erected 2019 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 22555.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education.
 
Location. 34° 58.817′ N, 101° 54.982′ W. Marker is in Canyon, Texas, in Randall County. Marker is at the intersection of 4th Avenue and 25th Street, on the right when traveling west on 4th Avenue. The marker is approximately 140 feet north of 4th Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Canyon TX 79015, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. T-Anchor Ranch (within shouting distance of this marker); Georgia O'Keeffe in Canyon (within shouting distance of this marker); The Charles Goodnight Memorial Trail (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First National Bank (approx. ¼ mile away); Buffalo Courts
J. Evetts Haley Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen Lowrey, July 13, 2022
3. J. Evetts Haley Marker
(approx. ¼ mile away); Shirley House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mary E. Hudspeth House (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Methodist Church (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Canyon.
 
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Photographed By Allen Lowrey, July 13, 2022
4. J. Evetts Haley Marker
West Texas A&M University placed this marker next to the J. Evetts Haley’s original historical marker commenting on his segregationist policies.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 17, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 13, 2022, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Last updated on July 14, 2022, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 13, 2022, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas.   4. submitted on July 13, 2022. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 2, 2022