Albany in Shackelford County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Ledbetter Picket House
William Henry Ledbetter (1833-84), a native of Georgia, came to Texas in 1858, and established a salt works on Hubbard Creek (8 miles SW) in 1862. Ledbetter withstood fierce Indian attacks before moving near Fort Griffin (15 miles N). He was elected first county judge in 1875. In the mid-1870s, Ledbetter built this picket house near the army post, using construction methods typical of this frontier region. It was moved here and restored by the city of Albany in 1953.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1962
Erected 1962 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 3059.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1833.
Location. 32° 43.527′ N, 99° 17.861′ W. Marker is in Albany, Texas, in Shackelford County. Marker can be reached from Main Street (U.S. 180) north of S. 1st Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in Bank Park and mounted on the wall of the house breezeway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Albany TX 76430, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking Ledbetter Salt Works CSA (a few steps from this marker); City of Albany (within shouting distance of this marker); Georgia Battalion Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Texas Central Railway Company (within shouting distance of this marker); The Albany News (within shouting distance of this marker); The H.C. Jacobs House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Griffin Fandangle (about 600 feet away); Albany's First Public School (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Albany.
1. Original Location of Marker
The marker and picket house were originally located at the city park near Avenue C and Railroad Street and moved to Bank Park.
— Submitted April 19, 2016.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 19, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 683 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 19, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.