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

Lynn County

 
 
Lynn County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 11, 2017
1. Lynn County Marker
Inscription. Created 1876 from Bexar Territory. Name honors G. W. Lynn, "One of those who baptized the altar of Texas with life blood at the Alamo". Tahoka Lake and Double Lakes Springs were watering places on Indian, Spanish, U. S. Army and cattle-driving trails. This was home land of nomadic Indians; visited by Spaniards, 1500s-1800s; used by New Mexicans grazing large herds of sheep in 1860s; site of last great buffalo hunts and the U. S. Cavalry's drive against Comanches, 1874-1877. Last cowboy-Indian skirmish occurred 1879 at Double Lakes. Earliest open-range cattlemen settled here in 1880s. First schools, Lynn and T-Bar, opened in 1902. In April 1903, county was organized, with Tahoka as county seat. The first officials: M. L. Elliott, county judge; S. N. McDaniel, county and district clerk; C. H. Doak, sheriff and tax assessor; O.L. Miller, treasurer; A.S. Coughrem, tax assessor; W. E. Porterfield, surveyor; J. E. Ketner, H. E. Baldridge, B. Humphries, and W. T. Petty, commissioners.

The Santa Fe Railroad built to this point in 1910. This has since become a major agricultural area, ranking among top ten cotton counties in Texas-- and one of the top twenty in the United States.
 
Erected 1970 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 3153.)
 
Location.
Lynn County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 11, 2017
2. Lynn County Marker
Marker is in center of photo.
33° 9.893′ N, 101° 47.764′ W. Marker is in Tahoka, Texas, in Lynn County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and South 1st Street, on the right when traveling north on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the southeast corner. Marker is in this post office area: Tahoka TX 79373, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lynn County Courthouse (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Lynn County Courthouse (here, next to this marker); Tahoka (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Lynn County (approx. 4 miles away); Wilson Mercantile Company (approx. 11.3 miles away); Site of Mackenzie Cavalry Camp (approx. 11 miles away); Spanish Explorers' Route (approx. 11 miles away); The A. J. Warren Building (approx. 14 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tahoka.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Lynn County and Lynn County Courthouse Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 11, 2017
3. Lynn County and Lynn County Courthouse Markers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 20, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 20, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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