Near Tuscola in Taylor County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Created 1858. Named for Edward, James and George Taylor, 18, 20 and 22, Tennesseans who came to Texas in 1833 and died at the Alamo March 6, 1836.
Organized 1878, with county seat at Buffalo Gap, through which went the Fort Concho to Fort Belknap stagecoach and longhorns on Western Trail up to Kansas. County seat was moved to Abilene in 1883.
Of the 254 Texas counties, 42 bear Indian, French or Spanish names. 10 honor such colonizers as Stephen F. Austin, “Father of Texas.” 12 were named for Washington, Clay and other American patriots.
96 were named for men like the Taylors who fought in the Texas War for Independence (15 dying at the Alamo), signed the Declaration of Independence, or served as statesmen in the Republic of Texas.
23 have the names of frontiersmen and pioneers.
11 honor American statesmen who worked for the annexation of Texas; 10, leaders in Texas since statehood, including jurists, ministers, educators, historians, statesmen; and 36, men prominent in the Confederacy during the Civil War.
El Paso and 8 others have geographical names. San Jacinto and Val
Erected 1964 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 5208.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 32° 16.624′ N, 99° 45.548′ W. Marker is near Tuscola, Texas, in Taylor County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of U.S. 83/84 and County Road 149, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in roadside park on east side of US 83/84. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Tuscola TX 79562, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cedar Gap Community (approx. 1˝ miles away); Vicinity of Indian Fight (approx. 4 miles away); Town of Buffalo Gap (approx. 4 miles away); Buffalo Gap College (approx. 4 miles away); Fletcher Ranch (approx. 4 miles away); The Ernie Wilson Museum (approx. 4.1 miles away); a different marker also named Taylor County (approx. 4.1 miles away); Buffalo Gap Cemetery (approx. 5.4 miles away).
Also see . . . Taylor County. From the Texas State Historical Association's "The Handbook of Texas". (Submitted on June 25, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 25, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 405 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 25, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.