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Near Matador in Motley County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Henry H. Campbell

(1840-1911)

 
 
Henry H. Campbell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 7, 2017
1. Henry H. Campbell Marker
Inscription. A native of North Carolina, Henry Harrison Campbell arrived in Texas with his family in 1854. Following his service in the Confederate army, he worked as a cattle drover. In 1879, with four other investors, he founded the Matador Ranch at Ballard Springs (ten miles southeast).
Campbell's wife, Elizabeth Bundy, joined him at the ranch in 1880. Refusing to live underground in a dugout, she insisted on camping in a tent until lumber could be hauled in for a two-room house. She served as hostess and nurse at the ranch, and later was post-mistress at Matador.
In its first three years, the Matador Ranch holdings grew to include 40,000 head of cattle on 100,000 acres of land, with an additional 1.5 million acres of free range rights. In 1882 the ranch was bought by a Scottish syndicate, The Matador Land & Cattle Company, LTD. Campbell continued his association with the ranch, serving as ranch superintendent until 1890.
Henry H. Campbell led efforts to create Motley County in 1891. After serving two terms as county judge, he retired to concentrate on his ranch interests on Dutchman Creek. He died in Matador on May 23, 1911.
 
Erected 1988 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2448.)
 
Location. 33° 57.899′ 
Henry H. Campbell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 7, 2017
2. Henry H. Campbell Marker
N, 101° 1.526′ W. Marker is near Matador, Texas, in Motley County. Marker is on U.S. 62 1.2 miles east of Farm to Market Road 319, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in roadside park. Marker is in this post office area: Matador TX 79244, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cottonwood Mott Line Camp (approx. 3.2 miles away); Matador Ranch (approx. 11 miles away); Motley County (approx. 11.6 miles away); Bob's Oil Well (approx. 11.8 miles away); Traweek House (approx. 11.9 miles away); Quanah Parker Trail (approx. 12.2 miles away); Motley County Jail (approx. 12.2 miles away); Whiteflat (approx. 12 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Matador.
 
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Henry H. Campbell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 7, 2017
3. Henry H. Campbell Marker
View east in roadside park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 23, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 70 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 23, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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