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

Eastland

 
 
Eastland Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 7, 2017
1. Eastland Marker
Inscription. County seat, Eastland County. Named for William M. Eastland—Texas War for Independence hero who was in Mier Expedition against Mexico, and was executed in "Black Bean" lottery at Rancho Salado in 1842.

Most noted early local people were Comanches, who resisted occupation of area by white settlers. The last recorded Indian raid in county was in 1874.

Eastland was named county seat in an election on Aug. 2, 1875. With 250 people it was incorporated on June 6, 1891, and W.Q. Connellee was elected mayor.

After a discovery in 1917, one of the fabled oil booms of Texas occurred nearby, with Eastland center for legal matters. With oil priced $2.60 a barrel, many wells flowed at 10,000 barrels a day. The city quickly grew to 25,000 people; 5 banks prospered.

Coming here to seek "black gold" were celebrities, including evangelist Billy Sunday, circus owner John Ringling, sports figures Jess Willard, Tex Rickard.

An international wonder-story happened here: the old courthouse cornerstone was opened (on this site) in 1928 to reveal survival of "Old Rip", a horned toad placed there with other mementoes on July 19, 1897. Continuing oil production, agricultural processing and clay products bolster the present economy.
 
Erected 1968 by the
Eastland marker with County Courthouse in background. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 7, 2017
2. Eastland marker with County Courthouse in background.
State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 1370.)
 
Location. 32° 24.07′ N, 98° 49.097′ W. Marker is in Eastland, Texas, in Eastland County. Marker is at the intersection of South Seaman Street (Texas Route 6) and West Commerce Street, on the right when traveling south on South Seaman Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 West Main Street, Eastland TX 76448, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Eastland County Courthouse (here, next to this marker); Early Banking in Eastland (a few steps from this marker); The Bankhead Highway (a few steps from this marker); Camp Salmon / Texas Civil War Frontier Defense (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Settlers of Eastland County (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Christian Church (about 400 feet away); Hargus Farm (approx. 1½ miles away); Merriman Baptist Church (approx. 7.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eastland.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNative AmericansPolitical SubdivisionsWar, Texas Independence
 
View of marker looking south on Seaman Street. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 7, 2017
3. View of marker looking south on Seaman Street.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 11, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 9, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 67 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 9, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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