Strawn in Palo Pinto County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Bethel Strawn, C.S.A.
An 1858 settler and leading citizen of Palo Pinto County. Enlisted 1864 in Co. B, 1st Frontier District, Texas State Troops, in Maj. Wm. Quayle’s command. Saw service mainly in keeping down Indian depredations and protecting settlements that were furnishing food, salt, hides, leather and other goods to aid the Confederate cause during the Civil War.
In 1880, when Texas & Pacific Railroad built through western Palo Pinto County, a stop was named for Bethel Strawn, who owned land at that point. By 1885 Strawn settlement had grown into a town drawing off people from old Palo Pinto.
During 20th century oil developments, the name Strawn is used for petroleum bearing formations of rock that underlie this county and other areas. Strawn minerals include coal once mined locally.
36 Texas counties were named for men prominent in the Confederacy during the Civil War. One county, Val Verde, was named for a Civil War battlefield on which Texas troops were victorious during the New Mexico—Arizona Campaign of 1861-1862.
41 Texas towns were named for men who figured in the Civil War. Strawn, however, is the one
Erected 1965 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 393.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1858.
Location. 32° 33.13′ N, 98° 29.83′ W. Marker is in Strawn, Texas, in Palo Pinto County. Marker is at the intersection of Housley Street (State Highway 108) and Houston Ave, on the right when traveling east on Housley Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 118 Housley St, Strawn TX 76475, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Strawn (here, next to this marker); Strawn City Hall (a few steps from this marker); Thomas House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mount Marion Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Mary Jane Gentry (approx. 0.8 miles away); Joseph Peter Davidson (approx. 2.8 miles away); Mingus Baptist Church (approx. 4.3 miles away); Thurber Junction and the T&P Railroad Presence (approx. 4.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Strawn.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 6, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 407 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 6, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.