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Site of Lubbock Ranch

 
 
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By Jim Evans, February 14, 2008
1. Site of Lubbock Ranch Marker
Inscription.  Texas statesman Francis Richard Lubbock (1815-1905) owned a 1300-acre ranch near this site. A native of South Carolina, Lubbock came to Houston in 1837. He soon opened a general store and was a business, political and civic leader. He served as clerk of the Republic of Texas House of Representatives in 1837 and as comptroller of public accounts from late 1837 to 1839.

Lubbock and his first wife Adele (Baron) lived on their ranch here from 1846 to 1861. Beginning with a few cows, pigs and sheep accepted as payment while he was district clerk of Harris County (1841-1857), Lubbock built up large herds that grazed on his lands between the Brazos and Trinity rivers. Cattle were loaded onto steamships at the mouth of Sims Bayou and shipped to New Orleans to market. In 1858, forty camels grazed on the Lubbock Ranch before being driven west to be used by the United States War Department in desert transportation.

Francis R. Lubbock served as lieutenant governor of Texas from 1857 to 1859, and governor from 1861 to 1863 during the Civil War. He entered Confederate military service at the end of his term as governor, and served as
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By Allen C. Browne
2. Francis Richard Lubbock
from The Biographical Dictionary of America, 1906, by Rossiter Johnson.
a Lt. Colonel in the Red River campaign. Lubbock left Texas in 1864 to serve on the staff of Confederate president Jefferson Davis in Richmond, Virginia. Captured with Davis at the end of the war in 1865, he was imprisoned for eight months at Fort Delaware.

Former governor Lubbock served as Texas state treasurer from 1879 to 1891. He remained active in public service until the age of 80, and spent his last years in Austin, where he is buried in the Texas State Cemetery.
 
Erected 1970 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10721.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 29° 39.925′ N, 95° 16.372′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker can be reached from Rockhill Street near Glencrest Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Located at the entrance to Dow Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Houston TX 77061, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Airplane Flight Over Texas (approx. 2.4 miles away); Old Harrisburg (approx. 3˝ miles away); a different marker also named Old Harrisburg (approx. 3˝ miles away); Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado Railroad
Francis Richard Lubbock image. Click for full size.
circa 1862
3. Francis Richard Lubbock
Image courtesy of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
(approx. 3.9 miles away); Allen Ranch (approx. 4˝ miles away); Vince's Bridge (approx. 4.9 miles away); Crown Hill Cemetery (approx. 5 miles away); Magnolia Park City Hall and Central Fire Station (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
 
Also see . . .
1. Francis Richard Lubbock at The Handbook of Texas. (Submitted on March 3, 2020, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
2. Francis Richard Lubbock from The National Governors Association. (Submitted on March 3, 2020, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
3. Francis Richard Lubbock from the University of Texas Libraries. (Submitted on March 3, 2020, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
4. Francis Richard Lubbock. (Submitted on March 3, 2020, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 3, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 837 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 18, 2019, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas.   2. submitted on June 24, 2018, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   3. submitted on March 3, 2020, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
 
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Aug. 10, 2020