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Amarillo in Potter County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Potter County

Establishing of

 
 
Potter County Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, November 18, 2015
1. Potter County Marker
Inscription.  Named for Robert Potter, Secretary of the Navy (1836) and Senator (1840-42) of the Republic of Texas.

In territory ranged by Apache, Arapaho, Cheyenne, Comanche, and Kiowa Indians, and since 1600 familiar to Spanish military parties and French traders. On established routes of the Great Spanish Road from Santa Fe to San Antonio (1786) and the Fort Smith-Santa Fe Trail of 1840 which was followed in 1849 by California gold seekers. Although still uninhabited, the county was created in 1876 by Texas Legislature.

The years 1874-78 saw Indians expelled and buffalo replaced by longhorns. In 1877 the famous LX Ranch was established, with headquarters 20 miles north of this site. The Frying Pan, first large ranch fenced with barbed wire, in 1881 built its headquarters 16 miles to the west. Railroad construction across the Texas Panhandle made local government desirable. 38 LX and 15 Frying Pan cowboys were the electors who voted on Aug. 30, 1887, to organize Potter County.

This county was discovery site (1918) of the vast Panhandle-Hugoton Gas Field. It is noted as location of Alibates National Monument (established 1965),
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an aboriginal flint quarry, with ruins of prehistoric Indian villages inhabited as early as 10,000 B.C.
 
Erected 1970 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 4095.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1876.
 
Location. 35° 12.475′ N, 101° 50.109′ W. Marker is in Amarillo, Texas, in Potter County. Marker can be reached from South Taylor Street south of SW 5th Avenue. Marker is on the courthouse grounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 501 South Taylor Street, Amarillo TX 79101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Potter County Courthouse (here, next to this marker); Potter County Library (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Potter County (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fisk Medical Arts & Professional Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rick Husband (approx. ¼ mile away); Henry B. Sanborn (approx. ¼ mile away); Amarillo (approx. ¼ mile away); Henry Bradley Sanborn (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Amarillo.
 
Potter County Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, November 18, 2015
2. Potter County Marker
Potter County Marker <i>on the right</i> image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, November 18, 2015
3. Potter County Marker on the right
Potter County Courthouse Marker is on the left.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 16, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 449 times since then and 83 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 16, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.

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