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Earth in Lamb County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Earth

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, June 7, 2017
1. Earth Marker
Inscription. Before white men entered this region in late 19th century, nomadic Apache, Comanche, and Kiowa Indians followed the buffalo from water hole to water hole. A favorite Indian camp was at a spring (5 miles w), near which the Springlake headquarters of the XIT Ranch were located in the 1890s. William Electious Halsell (1850-1934) purchased Springlake Division in 1901.
Halsell and his son, Ewing Halsell (1877-1965), established the 300,000-acre Mashed O Ranch in 1902. When the economic base of the High Plains began to shift from ranching to farming, and other large ranches were being sold for the plow, the Halsells, in 1923, offered a portion of their land for sale to new settlers. Sale of fertile rangelands attracted many farmers from the midwest, where land prices were soaring.
The Halsell family selected this site for a new settlement in August 1924, built a hotel, cotton gin, and school, and named it, "Fairlawn". When the post office opened in 1925, the names "Fairlawn" and "Tulsa" were rejected, and "Earth" chosen. Marshall Kelley was appointed first postmaster. Earth soon had several churches and business enterprises.
Earth was incorporated in 1946, and continues to serve an area rich in agricultural diversification.
 
Erected
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By Bill Kirchner, June 7, 2017
2. Earth Marker
1973 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 1364.)
 
Location. 34° 13.969′ N, 102° 24.505′ W. Marker is in Earth, Texas, in Lamb County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street and South Cedar Street, on the right when traveling east on East Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the southwest corner. Marker is in this post office area: Earth TX 79031, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Springlake-Earth School (approx. 3.4 miles away); First Irrigation Well in Lamb County (approx. 4.9 miles away); Springlake Cemetery (approx. 5.1 miles away); Spring Lake (approx. 5.2 miles away); The J. W. Carter Family and the 7-Up Ranch (approx. 10.4 miles away).
 
Categories. AgricultureNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
Earth Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 7, 2017
3. Earth Marker
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By Bill Kirchner, June 7, 2017
4. Earth, Texas
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 17, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 111 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 17, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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