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Home of Robert E. Howard

 
 
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By QuesterMark, July 16, 2021
1. Home of Robert E. Howard Marker
Inscription.  

Adventure and fantasy writer (and creator Of Conan) Robert Ervin Howard (1906-1936) moved in 1919 to this homesite with his parents, Dr. Isaac and Hester (Ervin) Howard. Robert E. Howard wrote hundreds of stories, spanning several genres, and more than 700 poems in his bedroom at this site.

Robert began writing at an early age, when he was about eight or nine years old. Robert's mother enjoyed reciting poetry to him and encouraged his writing. He started working to get his stories published when he was fifteen. At the age of eighteen, Robert sold his first story, "Spear and Fang," to pulp magazine Weird Tales for its July 1925 issue. Shortly after the Howards arrived in Cross Plains, so did an oil boom. Robert observed the negative effects an oil boom can have on the townspeople, which contributed to his philosophies and many of his stories. Often his stories told about the corruption of civilization and the rise from and plummet into barbarism, with one moral man against a multitude of immortal adversaries. In his last few years, Robert left clues of his suicidal mood through his poetry, as well as making plans in the event
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By QuesterMark, July 16, 2021
2. Home of Robert E. Howard and Marker
The dedication ceremony for this Texas Historical Marker took place at 12:45 p.m. Friday, June 11, 2021.
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of his demise. He had become primary caretaker for his mother, who had contracted tuberculosis. Just three days after his mother slipped into a coma, Robert committed suicide on June 11, 1936. His mother died the next day, and on June 14 there was a double funeral.

An internationally-known author and father of the sword and sorcery sub-genre, Howard's stories have influenced several generations. His works have been translated into 23 languages. Decades after his death, Robert E. Howard and his characters are still being studied, published, filmed, role-played, and enjoyed.
Marker is property of the State of Texas
 
Erected 2019 by Texas Historical Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music.
 
Location. 32° 7.286′ N, 99° 10.319′ W. Marker is in Cross Plains, Texas, in Callahan County. Marker is at the intersection of SW Fifth Street (State Highway 36) and Mesquite Street, on the right when traveling east on SW Fifth Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 625 SW Fifth St, Cross Plains TX 76443, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Mason-Camp Cooper Military Road (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cross Plains Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named Fort Mason-Camp Cooper Military Road
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By Duane Hall, December 25, 2014
3. The Home of Robert E. Howard NRHP Marker
This Property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior
(approx. ¼ mile away); Pioneer Cemetery War Memorial (approx. 5.4 miles away); Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 5.4 miles away); Old Cottonwood Cemetery (approx. 5.9 miles away); Site of Cottonwood Springs (approx. 6.1 miles away); Cottonwood Bank and Post Office (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cross Plains.
 
Also see . . .  Robert E. Howard Museum - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on December 26, 2014.)
 
Additional keywords. Conan the Barbarian
 
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By Duane Hall, December 25, 2014
4. View to east from Home of Robert E. Howard
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By Duane Hall, December 25, 2014
5. Home of Robert E. Howard
View to southwest across State Highway 36
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By Duane Hall, December 25, 2014
6. Home of Robert E. Howard
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 26, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 361 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 16, 2021, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas.   3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 26, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.

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