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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Hale Center in Hale County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Site of Epworth

(1883 – 1892)

— (1 ¼ miles southwest) —

Site of Epworth Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, November 17, 2015
1. Site of Epworth Marker
Inscription.  First settlement in county. Established as a post office in 1884 by Horatio Graves of New York, a Methodist minister. Then only county resident, he planned to found religious colony here; named place for Epworth, England, birthplace of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism.

Graves carried the mail from Estacado; also sold supplies to settlers and XIT Ranch cowboys. In 1891 he moved his post office several miles and started New Epworth; but drouth caused site to be abandoned in 1893. The residents joined with those of Hale City to found Hale Center.
Erected 1971 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 4778.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Postal Mail and Philately series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1884.
Location. 34° 3.871′ N, 101° 50.712′ W. Marker is in Hale Center, Texas, in Hale County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and East Clevland Street, on the right when traveling north on Main Street
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. Marker is on the northeast corner. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 702 Main Street, Hale Center TX 79041, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. J. Frank Norfleet (here, next to this marker); Nils Akeson (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Baptist Church of Hale Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ranching and Farming in Hale County (approx. 1.2 miles away); Stant Rhea Stage Stand (approx. 6.4 miles away); Center Plains Community (approx. 8½ miles away); Happy Union (approx. 8.7 miles away); Snyder Community (approx. 9.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hale Center.
Site of Epworth Marker <i>on left</i> image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, November 17, 2015
2. Site of Epworth Marker on left
J. Frank Norfleet Marker is on the right.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 7, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 352 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 7, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.

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