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Near Plainview in Hale County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Halfway

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, June 7, 2017
1. Halfway Marker
Inscription. Settlers came to this area seeking abundant grass, fertile soil, and water. This site, acquired by R. L. Hooper (1872-1952) and his wife Ada Mae (Hughley) (1880-1955) in the 1890s, received its name because it stood "halfway" between Olton and Plainview. It made a good rest stop for ranchers, with a windmill for water and overnight camping. Early pioneers raised enough grain for their stock. Arrival of the railroad in Plainview in 1906 and use of irrigation systems developed a vast agricultural region.
In 1908 Hooper provided six acres and helped build a schoolhouse for his seven and the neighbors' children. Hooper donated land in 1910 for Edgar Howard to build the first store where he ran a post office and wagon yard. Methodist and Baptist congregations met in the school building until they erected sanctuaries. The post office closed in 1914 but the settlement boasted a blacksmith shop and a cotton gin. In 1917 Hooper gave one acre for a burial ground.
Although population decline caused the Halfway School to consolidate with Plainview in 1952, the community is still prospering. Located here is the High Plains Research Foundation to aid farmers in the surrounding 19-county area.
 
Erected 1979 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2334.)
 
Location.
Halfway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 7, 2017
2. Halfway Marker
34° 11.285′ N, 101° 57.119′ W. Marker is near Plainview, Texas, in Hale County. Marker is on U.S. 70 east of Farm to Market Road 1070, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Plainview TX 79072, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Olton's Union Church Bell (approx. 10 miles away); Site of the First Lamb County Courthouse (approx. 10 miles away); First Baptist Church of Hale Center (approx. 10 miles away); Nils Akeson (approx. 10 miles away); Site of Epworth (approx. 10 miles away); J. Frank Norfleet (approx. 10 miles away); First Baptist Church of Olton (approx. 11.1 miles away); Ranching and Farming in Hale County (approx. 11.2 miles away).
 
Categories. AgricultureSettlements & Settlers
 
Halfway Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 7, 2017
3. Halfway Marker
View east on highway US-70.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 20, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 142 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 20, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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