Matador in Motley County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Bob's Oil Well
Robertson was a gifted businessman and promoter, and he used any opportunity to advertise his operation and attract customers. He kept a cage of live rattlesnakes for the amusement of tourists, and from that initial attraction grew a zoo that included lions, monkeys, coyotes, a white buffalo and other animals. He paid long distance truckers to place advertising signs at strategic points across the nation noting the mileage to Bob's Oil Well in Matador, and they became well known to the motoring public. As a result of his success, Robertson enlarged his operation to include a grocery, café and garage.
In addition to his business skills, Robertson was an active civic leader in Matador. He was particularly interested in recognizing the efforts of those who served in the military during World War II.
Bob Robertson died in 1947, and two weeks later a high wind toppled the steel derrick that had
Erected 2005 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15089.)
Location. 34° 0.722′ N, 100° 49.692′ W. Marker is in Matador, Texas, in Motley County. Marker is at the intersection of Bailey Avenue and Pipken Street, on the right when traveling east on Bailey Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is on the southeast corner. Marker is in this post office area: Matador TX 79244, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Traweek House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Quanah Parker Trail (approx. 0.4 miles away); Motley County Jail (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Motley County Railroad (approx. 0.9 miles away); Motley County (approx. 0.9 miles away); Matador Ranch Whiteflat (approx. 7.4 miles away); Cottonwood Mott Line Camp (approx. 10.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Matador.
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