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

Pitchfork Ranch

 
 
Pitchfork Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 9, 2017
1. Pitchfork Ranch Marker
Inscription. Irish-born Jerry Savage established an open range ranch at this site about 1879. In 1881, St. Louis businessman Eugene F. Williams and Texas cattleman Dan B. Gardner purchased the ranch and in 1883 joined forces with landholder Sam Lazarus to form the Pitchfork Land & Cattle Company, Inc. Williams' heirs later acquired controlling interest of the cattle empire. The first structures here were dugouts in the river bank, while the present buildings date from 1902. Pitchfork Ranch has doubled its original size to 165,000 acres and now operates ranches in Kansas and Wyoming.
 
Erected 1983 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4041.)
 
Location. 33° 35.928′ N, 100° 31.951′ W. Marker is near Dickens, Texas, in Dickens County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 82. Touch for map. Marker is located at ranch headquarters, 1/4 mile south of US-82, and 17 miles east of Dickens city limits. Marker is in this post office area: Dickens TX 79229, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. King County (approx. 10.4 miles away).
 
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Pitchfork Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 9, 2017
2. Pitchfork Ranch Marker
Pitchfork Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 9, 2017
3. Pitchfork Ranch Marker
Pitchfork Ranch entrance on highway US-82. image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, June 9, 2017
4. Pitchfork Ranch entrance on highway US-82.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 5, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 161 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 5, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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