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Near Crosbyton in Crosby County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Mount Blanco Community

 
 
The Mount Blanco Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 7, 2017
1. The Mount Blanco Community Marker
Inscription. Named for tall white mesa that was a landmark on Mackenzie Trail, surveyed in 1871 by U.S. Cavalry scouting for Indians on the frontier. Near the mesa in 1877, frontiersman Henry Clay Smith (1836-1912) built a two-story stone house for speculators Charles Tasker of Philadelphia and Lord Jamison of Ireland. This was the first permanent homestead in South Plains Region. Smith also brought in cattle for Tasker, and had to accept house as his compensation when Tasker failed in business. In the fall of 1877, Smith moved his family here; nearest neighbor was 50 miles east. The home became a way-station for prospectors, and Smith encouraged many settlers such as Paris Cox, the Quaker founder of Estacado (22 mi. W).

Mount Blanco Post Office opened in September 1879, with Mrs. Smith (Elizabeth Boyle, 1848-1925) as postmaster. In 1886, Smith led in organizing Crosby County. This area prospered, and by 1890 had a school. Farming largely replaced ranching after 1900. Post office closed in 1916. School consolidated with Crosbyton in 1949. Smith's stone house (1 mi. N) burned in 1952. Village of Mount Blanco (4 mi. NE) lost its last store about 1956, its church in 1965. Only a cotton gin and clubhouse now (1975) remain as public buildings in Mount Blanco.
 
Erected
The Mount Blanco Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 7, 2017
2. The Mount Blanco Community Marker
1975 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5383.)
 
Location. 33° 47.661′ N, 101° 14.551′ W. Marker is near Crosbyton, Texas, in Crosby County. Marker is at the intersection of Farm to Market Road 651 and Farm to Market Road 193, on the right when traveling north on Highway 651. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Crosbyton TX 79322, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. G. W. Smith Home (approx. 2.4 miles away); Big Four School (approx. 3.7 miles away); Village of Cone (approx. 8.4 miles away); Citizens National Bank (approx. 9.3 miles away); Henry Clay Smith (approx. 9.3 miles away); Crosbyton (approx. 9.3 miles away); Crosby County (approx. 9.3 miles away); The Rock House (approx. 9.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Crosbyton.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
The Mount Blanco Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 7, 2017
3. The Mount Blanco Community Marker
View north on highway FM-651.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 27, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 77 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 27, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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