Wichita Falls in Wichita County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Henry C. Luecke
Pioneer, Blacksmith and Inventor
A native of Missouri, Henry C. Luecke (1861-1937) came to Texas about 1890. He opened a blacksmith shop at this intersection in 1903. Here he developed and manufactured the Wichita Gang Plow, patented in 1905. His device was similar to other plows designed to turn several furrows at once but included three levers to improve maneuverability. The Wichita Gang Plow was widely sold in this area before the steam tractor made it obsolete. Luecke and his wife Emma (1866-1950) were charter members of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. They had eleven children.
Erected 1978 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2445.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Churches & Religion • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1890.
Location. 33° 54.904′ N, 98° 29.467′ W. Marker is in Wichita Falls, Texas, in Wichita County. Marker is at the intersection of Ohio Avenue and 6th Street, on the right when traveling north on Ohio Avenue. Touch for map. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. George Alonzo Soule (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of St. James Hotel (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of Gorsline's Fashion Livery Stable (about 700 feet away); J. A. Kemp Wholesale Grocery Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Zale Legacy (approx. 0.2 miles away); John F. O'Donohue (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Wichita Falls Bank Robbery of 1896 (approx. ¼ mile away); Charlye Ola Farris (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wichita Falls.
More about this marker. Once located at the Railroad Museum.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 12, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 392 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 12, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.