“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Morton in Cochran County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Cochran County

Cochran County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 29, 2014
1. Cochran County Marker
Inscription.  Created August 21, 1876, from Bexar County. Named for a native of New Jersey, Robert Cochran, a private who died for Texas Independence in the siege of the Alamo.

Indian hostilities and the distance to market and supplies made settlement slow. The 1900 census listed 25 cowboys. In 1910 there were 75 persons; then 67 in 1920.

Organized May 6, 1924, with Morton as county seat. Oil discovery and development of irrigation caused rapid growth, and made it a farm and petroleum center.

Site of Silver Lake, a saline lake known to early Spanish explorers as Laguna Quemado.
Erected 1965 by Texas Highway Department. (Marker Number 927.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments series list.
Location. 33° 43.545′ N, 102° 45.567′ W. Marker is in Morton, Texas, in Cochran County. Marker is on North Main Street north of West Washington Avenue
Cochran County Court House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 29, 2014
2. Cochran County Court House
, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 North Main Street, Morton TX 79346, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Morton Memorial Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away); Buffalo Soldier Tragedy of 1877 (approx. 1.3 miles away); Enochs Cemetery (approx. 10 miles away); Coyote Lake (approx. 11.3 miles away); Former Whiteface Motel (approx. 12.1 miles away); Maple Cemetery (approx. 12.7 miles away); La Pista de Vida Agua (approx. 12.9 miles away).
Regarding Cochran County. Pvt. Robert E. Cochran is my distant cousin. My name is Terry Lee Cochran and I'm a Cochran Family Genealogist from Taylor, Texas. Robert Cochran was born and raised in New Hampshire and not New Jersey. I got the "Handbook of Texas" corrected a couple of years ago with the help of the DRT at the Alamo.
Also see . . .  Robert Cochran at The Handbook of Texas Online. (Submitted on January 22, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 12, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 459 times since then and 20 times this year. Last updated on August 15, 2014, by Terry Lee Cochran of Taylor, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 12, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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Jul. 2, 2020