Sherman in Grayson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Home County of Conservationist Allison Mayfield
Opened law practice here, 1884. Became an assistant attorney general of Texas, 1893. Won election, 1897, to Railroad Commission; served 26 years — 16 years as chairman. The commission had been created in 1891 to regulate shipping rates and practices.
In his term as chairman, oil and gas regulation — a major responsibility — began with jurisdiction over pipelines, 1917. In 1919 the Legislature made the commission responsible for conservation of oil and gas.
In the 1920s proration began. Complete regulation came in the 1930s with the 1,700,000-barrel-a-day production in East Texas. Backed by Texas Rangers, the commission closed the field until conservation rules could be revised.
Commission policies were acclaimed when in World War II Texas was able to supply the allies with great stores of oil necessary for victory.
The commission's goal is to prevent waste and protect oil and gas reserves by orderly regulation of exploration, production and transportation.
Such men as Chairman Mayfield set high ethical standards that have continued in the commission, causing it to merit
[Incise in base reads] Commemorative series on Texas Railroad Commission; Erected in cooperation with Abell-Hanger Foundation.
Erected 1966 by Texas State Historic Survey Committee. (Marker Number 7398.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Environment • Government & Politics • Industry & Commerce • War, World II.
Location. 33° 38.169′ N, 96° 36.565′ W. Marker is in Sherman, Texas, in Grayson County. Marker is on Travis Street north of Lamar Street (Texas Highway 56), on the left when traveling north. Marker is on the northeast grounds of the county courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 West Houston Street, Sherman TX 75090, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Grayson County (here, next to this marker); Ninth Texas Cavalry (a few steps from this marker); The First Confederate Monument Erected in Texas (a few steps from this marker); Eleventh Texas Cavalry (a few steps from this marker); Peter W. Grayson (a few steps from this marker); President Roosevelt's Visit to Grayson County (a few steps from this marker); Gold Star Mothers (within shouting distance of this marker); Japanese Model 92 (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sherman.
Also see . . .
1. Allison Mayfield Bio in 1902 Year Book for Texas. (Submitted on April 26, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Allison Mayfield. (Submitted on April 26, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 345 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 26, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.