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Langtry in Val Verde County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Robert Thomas Hill

 
 
Robert Thomas Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Julie Szabo, February 7, 2008
1. Robert Thomas Hill Marker
Inscription.  Tennessee native Robert T. Hill (1858-1941) moved to Comanche, Texas at age 16 and developed an interest in Texas geology. Educated at Columbia University, he worked for the U.S. Geological Survey, the University of Texas and as State Geologist. Known as the Father of Texas geology, he identified many of the state's geological features and regions. In 1899, he and five others surveyed the Rio Grande. Beginning in Presidio, the team charted the river's path through steep canyons and perilous obstacles. After 350 miles of river travel, the men saw a landmark eagle's nest and at that point ended their trip and hiked into Langtry. Hill's work was the first to document the Rio Grande through the trans-Pecos region of Texas.
 
Erected 2005 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14089.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1899.
 
Location. 29° 48.249′ N, 101° 33.403′ W. Marker is in Langtry, Texas, in Val Verde County. Marker is on Torres Avenue
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, on the left when traveling south. Marker is on a dirt road loop at the end of Torres Avenue near the banks of the Rio Grande. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Langtry TX 78871, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eagle’s Nest (a few steps from this marker); Fitzsimmons-Maher Prizefight (approx. ¼ mile away); The Torres Family (approx. 0.3 miles away); William H. Dodd (approx. 0.3 miles away); Langtry School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Langtry (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jersey Lily Saloon - - 1882 - 1903 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Law West of the Pecos (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Langtry.
 
More about this marker. There is a bullet hole through the marker.
 
The Marker seen side-by-side with "Eagle's Nest" marker. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Julie Szabo, February 7, 2008
2. The Marker seen side-by-side with "Eagle's Nest" marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on February 29, 2008, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,762 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 29, 2008, by Julie Szabo of Oldsmar, Florida. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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