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Melrose in Nacogdoches County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Pioneer Texas Oil Man

Lyne Taliaferro Barret

 

— (1832-1913) —

 
PIONEER TEXAS OIL MAN Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ken Barnes
1. PIONEER TEXAS OIL MAN Marker
Inscription.  Born in Virginia. Came with parents to Texas, 1842. Married Angelina Thomas. Had 9 children.

Drilled the first oil well in Texas, 1866. If efforts to drill early in 1859 had succeeded, he would have completed first oil well in the United States.

Low demand and scarce capital halted his oil operations. He spent rest of his life as a farmer and community leader.
 
Erected 1966.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNatural Resources. A significant historical year for this entry is 1842.
 
Location. 31° 33.888′ N, 94° 28.95′ W. Marker is in Melrose, Texas, in Nacogdoches County. Marker is on El Camino Real (State Highway 21). Located approximately 8 miles east of Nacogdoches, Texas on State Highway 21 in the community of Melrose, within the "Lower Melrose Cemetery." The cemetery is about 50 yards north of the highway, behind the Melrose Baptist Church. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nacogdoches TX 75961, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Halfway Inn (approx. 8½ miles away); William Clark, Jr.
Lyne Taliaferro Barret Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Ken Barnes
2. Lyne Taliaferro Barret Grave Marker
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(approx. 10.2 miles away); Charles Standfield Taylor (approx. 10.2 miles away); Thomas Young Buford (approx. 10.2 miles away); Dr. Robert Anderson Irion (approx. 10.2 miles away); Elias E. Hamilton (approx. 10.2 miles away); Haden Edwards (approx. 10.2 miles away); Captain Hayden Arnold (approx. 10.2 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 24, 2010, by Ken Barnes of Nacogdoches, Texas. This page has been viewed 942 times since then and 22 times this year. Last updated on March 15, 2012, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 24, 2010, by Ken Barnes of Nacogdoches, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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May. 23, 2022