Fort Worth in Tarrant County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Thomas B. Saunders Family
Two of Saunders' twelve children were also involved in the cattle industry. William David Harris Saunders (1845-1922) helped supply beef for Confederate forces during the Civil War and later became a successful Goliad merchant and rancher.
Another son, George Washington Saunders (1854-1933), became a noted trail driver of the 1870s. He later opened a livestock commission in San Antonio.
Thomas B. Saunders, II (1872-1929), the son of William, owned a livestock firm in Houston. He later moved here and in 1902 became the first cattle dealer on the Fort Worth Stockyards. He was a pioneer in the transporting of cattle by truck. His son Thomas B. Saunders, III (1906-1974), was involved in extensive ranching operations throughout the Southwest. During the 1930s economic depression, he started a cattle clearinghouse for traders, order buyers, and commission companies.
Erected 1981 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5465.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1850.
Location. 32° 47.307′ N, 97° 20.907′ W. Marker is in Fort Worth, Texas, in Tarrant County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East Exchange Avenue and North Main Street (U.S. 287), on the right when traveling east. Located along the riverwalk in the Stockyards. Stairs to the riverwalk are to the left of Cattlemen's Steak House on N Main St. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 E Exchange Ave, Fort Worth TX 76164, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Worth Stock Yards Entrance (within shouting distance of this marker); Thannisch Block Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Bulldogger (within shouting distance of this marker); The Coliseum (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Quarter Horse Shows (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Worth Stockyards Horse and Mule Barns (about 500 feet away); Quanah Parker (about 600 feet away); Fort Worth Stock Yards Company (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Worth.
Also see . . . George Washington Saunders. The Handbook of Texas Online, Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on March 12, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 11, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 615 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 11, 2012, by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.