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Near Turkey in Hall County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Ozark Trail at Tampico

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, November 15, 2016
1. The Ozark Trail at Tampico Marker
Inscription. In 1913, William Hope "Coin" Harvey, who operated a resort in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, founded the Ozark Trail Association as a private highway organization. Several Texas and New Mexico counties joined the effort, and the line went diagonally from St. Louis, Missouri to Santa Fe, New Mexico. As part of Harvey's plan, stops along the way featured white obelisks denoting, in the official Ozark Trail green lettering, town names, as well as directions and distances to other towns.

The central Ozark route passed across Wellington, Texas, and a second southern route was built through the communities of Childress, Estelline, Tampico, Turkey, Quitaque, Silverton, Tulia, Nazareth and Dimmitt. J.E. Swepston of Tulia, elected Ozark Trail Association president in 1920, was instrumental in having the striking road markers placed in this area. At the time, Hall County had more than 1,000 farms and ranches, and ranchland continued to be divided into farms as more settlers arrived in the area. In 1924, however, with a government initiative to enact a national road-numbering system, the Ozark Trails and other private highways were abandoned or absorbed into the national road system.

Adjacent to the Tampico marker was a service station and general store. In 1929, the Tampico oilfield started a short-lived boom in the community,
The Ozark Trail at Tampico Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 15, 2016
2. The Ozark Trail at Tampico Marker
which supported a school. After the oil supply proved minimal, the school consolidated into the Turkey school district. The obelisk, designated a State Archeological Landmark in 1999, remains as a tie to both the early efforts to increase automotive travel and to the community of Tampico.
 
Erected 2006 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13818.)
 
Location. 34° 28.381′ N, 100° 46.719′ W. Marker is near Turkey, Texas, in Hall County. Marker can be reached from Farm to Market Road 657 0.2 miles south of Texas Highway 86. Touch for map. Marker is on unpaved road 0.2 miles south of TX-86 and FM-657 intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Turkey TX 79261, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Methodist Church of Turkey (approx. 8 miles away); Turkey High School (approx. 8.7 miles away); Bob Wills (approx. 8.9 miles away).
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
The Ozark Trail at Tampico image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 15, 2016
3. The Ozark Trail at Tampico
The Ozark Trail at Tampico image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 15, 2016
4. The Ozark Trail at Tampico
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 30, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 190 times since then and 65 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 30, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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