Comanche in Comanche County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
First settled in 1854 by five families, the county, created and organized 1856, was named for Comanche Indians, Lords of Texas frontier, who were losing hunting grounds to settlers.
First county seat was Cora. Comanche has been county seat since July 18, 1859.
Indians harassed settlers, stealing cattle and horses, and keeping farmers out of fields. Food from neighboring Bell County kept people here from starvation in 1861. By 1879 a stage line crossed county; the Texas Central Railroad came through in 1880; Fort Worth & Rio Grande Railroad in 1890. An oil boom occurred in 1918-1920. Agriculture has long been major industry.
Erected 1966 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 989.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments series list. A significant historical date for this entry is July 18, 1859.
Location. 31° 53.857′ N, 98° 36.847′ W. Marker is in Comanche, Texas, in Comanche CountyTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1001 W Central Avenue, Comanche TX 76442, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Corn Trail (here, next to this marker); The Comanche Chief (approx. half a mile away); Durham Building (approx. half a mile away); Ritz Theater Building (approx. half a mile away); The Chilton-Harelik Building (approx. half a mile away); Huett Building and Carrera Glass (approx. half a mile away); Calaboose and rock with irons (approx. half a mile away); Royal King (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Comanche.
More about this marker. The Texas Historical Commission's site atlas notes that this marker was first erected in 1936, part of the centennial series. The marker text was updated in 1966 as shown here. The original 1936 marker text read:
Created January 25, 1856; Organized May 17, 1856; Named for the Comanche Indians, nomads of the Plains; successful hunters, superb horsemen, and courageous warriors; the terror of Texas frontier settlers, who dispossessed them of their hunting grounds. County Seat Troy (changed to Cora), 1856; Comanche, since July 18, 1859
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