Spur in Dickens County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Texas Agricultural Experiment Station at Spur
Known as the Rolling Plains Experiment Station or Substation No. 7, the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station at Spur opened at this site in December 1909. Land was provided by the S. M. Swenson and Sons Land and Cattle Company. Soil and water conservation programs were developed, including a system of terracing called "Syrup Pan." Providing full use of rainfall and diverted water, the system resulted in vastly improved crop yields.
Other programs at this station included the drafting of legislation which resulted in the establishment of the U.S. Soil Conservation Service; brush control using chemical, mechanical, and biological methods; and livestock breeding and nutrition experiments.
Although this station was officially closed in 1986, results of the research conducted here are still influencing agricultural programs worldwide.
Erected 1989 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5245.)
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at western city limits. Marker is in this post office area: Spur TX 79370, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lisenby-Campbell House (approx. 1½ miles away); Fourth U.S. Cavalry (approx. 2.3 miles away); Site of Anderson's Fort or Soldier's Mound (approx. 3.8 miles away); Dickens County (approx. 10.2 miles away); Dickens Springs (approx. 10½ miles away); Dickens Cemetery (approx. 10½ miles away).
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