Aspermont in Stonewall County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Yielded salt for use of early settlers and hunters. Was site of buffalo hunters' capital, Rath City, 1876-1879.
County created in 1876, organized 1888. Named in honor of Confederate General Thomas Johathan (sic, Jonathan) "Stonewall" Jackson (1824-1863), whose courage and fighting skill inspired Texas soldiers in the Civil War.
First county seat, Rayner, replaced 1898 by Aspermont, named for high location.
Erected 1965 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 5132.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Exploration • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1541.
Location. 33° 8.408′ N, 100° 13.68′ W. Marker is in Aspermont, Texas, in Stonewall County. Marker can be reached from S. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Aspermont TX 79502, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. County Named for Confederate Hero / Texas in the Civil War (here, next to this marker); Stonewall County Servicemen Honor Roll (within shouting distance of this marker); "Our Lady of Justice" (within shouting distance of this marker); Stonewall County Veterans Memorial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Texas Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway (approx. 9.4 miles away); Rath City (approx. 9.4 miles away); Old Glory (approx. 10.1 miles away).
More about this marker. The marker was originally installed in 1936 at the intersection of US 83 and US 380 in south Aspermont. The marker text read:
August 21, 1876 December 20, 1888
Named in Honor of
A Confederate General
County Seat, Rayner, 1888
Aspermont, Since 1898
The marker was subsequently moved to the grounds of the county courthouse and the inscription text of the marker was modified when the marker was restored in 1965.
Source: Neff, Pat M., et al (1938). Monuments Erected by the State of Texas to Commemorate the Centenary of Texas Independence. Austin: Commission of Control for Texas Centennial Celebrations, p. 188.
Also see . . . Stonewall County. From the Texas State Historical Association's "Handbook of Texas Online". (Submitted on June 7, 2016.)
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