Hamlin in Jones County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Hamlin quickly became a major shipping point, with its economy based on agriculture and the railroad. Among the town’s business operations were cotton compresses, a cotton oil mill, an ice plant, a cement and plaster plant, a grain elevator, several cotton gins, an electric generating plant, an ice cream factory and bottling works, and a telephone company. Churches formed in Hamlin’s early days included Church of Christ, Baptist, Methodist and Church of the Nazarene.
Oil was discovered near Hamlin in 1928, broadening the area’s economic growth with oil and gas exploration. In 1950, the town’s population was 3,564. The school system was integrated in 1965. The population of Hamlin in 1990 was 2,791. At the dawn of the 21st century, Hamlin remains a center for farming and varied manufacturing.
Erected 2000 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12356.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1902.
Location. 32° 52.933′ N, 100° 7.538′ W. Marker is in Hamlin, Texas, in Jones County. Marker is on S. Central Avenue (U.S. 83) north of S. 3rd Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in front of parking lot for Hamlin National Bank. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 231 S Central Ave, Hamlin TX 79520, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Hitson Community (approx. 5.1 miles away); Neinda Baptist Church (approx. 6 miles away); Neinda Community (approx. 6.3 miles away); Boyd Chapel Community (approx. 8.9 miles away); Rath City (approx. 9.4 miles away); Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway (approx. 9.4 miles away); Woods Chapel Cemetery (approx. 9.8 miles away); Adair - Steadman Site (approx. 13.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hamlin.
More about this marker. At the base of the marker is a stone tablet with the inscription: "This marker is given in memory of Robert Fowler by friends and family".
Also see . . . Hamlin, TX. From the Texas State Historical Association's "Handbook of Texas Online". (Submitted on November 10, 2014.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 10, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 486 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 10, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.