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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Poteet in Atascosa County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)


Poteet Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By John A Hensarling, June 21, 2012
1. Poteet Marker
Inscription.  The town of Poteet traces its history to the 1880s, when Francis Marion Poteet (1833-1907) established a mercantile store northeast of this area. A blacksmith and farmer as well as a merchant, Poteet began providing mail service to his customers.

Poteet sold his business to Henry T. Mumme (1870-1947) before 1900. Mumme continued to offer postal service at the store, and in 1910 he and his wife Ida (1869-1942) donated 400 acres of land for a new townsite. Since the area had been referred to as Poteet as a result of the early mail service, the new town was named in honor of Francis Marion Poteet. Mumme moved his store to the new townsite in 1911.

Mumme drilled the town's first artesian water well and is credited with introducing the cultivation of strawberries here. The artesian water, together with the sandy soil of the region, proved ideal for growing the berries. Known statewide for its superior quality strawberries, Poteet has been nicknamed the "Strawberry Capital of Texas."

The town grew steadily after 1910, with the establishment of schools, churches, homes, and businesses. It was incorporated in 1926.
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Erected 1989 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4092.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1900.
Location. 29° 2.18′ N, 98° 34.54′ W. Marker is in Poteet, Texas, in Atascosa County. Marker is at the intersection of I Avenue and 4th Street (Texas Highway 282), on the right when traveling west on I Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 420 Ave I, Poteet TX 78065, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Amphion and Amphion Cemetery (approx. 4.2 miles away); Shiloh Cemetery (approx. 4.3 miles away); Site of Jose Antonio Navarro Ranch Headquarters (approx. 4.8 miles away); Kings Highway Camino Real — Old San Antonio Road (approx. 5.7 miles away); Pleasanton School Integration (approx. 7 miles away); Pleasanton City Cemetery (approx. 7.1 miles away); Cooper Chapter No. 101, Royal Arch Masons (approx. 7.2 miles away); Rossville (approx. 7.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Poteet.
Poteet Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By John A Hensarling, June 21, 2012
2. Poteet Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 20, 2012, by John A Hensarling of Campbellton, Texas. This page has been viewed 826 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 21, 2012, by John A Hensarling of Campbellton, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 21, 2024