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Oak Ridge in Cooke County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Cross Timbers

 
 
The Cross Timbers Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
1. The Cross Timbers Marker
Inscription.  Two long, narrow strips of timber extending parallel to each other from Oklahoma to Central Texas; form a marked contrast to adjacent prairie. The more fertile East Cross Timbers begin here in Cooke County. Area was famous pioneer landmark as well as obstacle to travel because of its dense growth. It divided the hunting grounds of the Plains and East Texas Indians. Until 1870s it marked boundary of settlement, for Plains Indians avoided the timber. Forests' most important function was (and is) causing soil to retain water.
 
Erected 1970 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 5316.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureHorticulture & ForestryNative Americans.
 
Location. 33° 38.996′ N, 97° 2.36′ W. Marker is in Oak Ridge, Texas, in Cooke County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of U.S. 82 and Pauls Lane when traveling east. Located in the eastbound roadside rest area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gainesville TX 76240, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this
The Cross Timbers Marker looking east towards US Highway 82. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
2. The Cross Timbers Marker looking east towards US Highway 82.
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marker, measured as the crow flies. Gainesville (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); F.M. Dougherty (approx. 5.1 miles away); William Owen Davis (approx. 5.1 miles away); Fairview Cemetery (approx. 5.1 miles away); Joseph Weldon Bailey (approx. 5.2 miles away); Butterfield Overland Stage Line (approx. 5½ miles away); The Great Hanging at Gainesville, 1862 (approx. 6 miles away); Gainesville-Fort Sill Road (approx. 6.1 miles away).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 330 times since then and 60 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 8, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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Sep. 24, 2022