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

Tahoka

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, November 11, 2017
1. Tahoka Marker
Inscription. In Dec. 1902, over 100 people met around a bonfire in a ravine to the southwest of Tahoka Lake and voted to petition for county organization and to select a townsite for a county seat to be named "Tahoka," an Indian word meaning "fresh water", Early in 1903, B. G. Sweet, Jack Alley, and W. T. "Bill" Petty organized the Tahoka Townsite Company. Sweet surveyed and platted the town, and he and L. E. King established the first mercantile store opposite the southwest corner of the public square. County elections were held on April 7, 1903, and the Tahoka Post Office opened on April 30, with Fannie N. Henderson as postmaster.

Tahoka soon boasted a 2-story frame courthouse, school, two churches, a hotel, and several businesses, including a newspaper, "The Lynn County News," first published on Oct. 9, 1903, by Otis and Inez Lilly. In 1906, a bank and a cotton gin were built. The Santa Fe Railroad was extended from Slaton to Tahoka in 1910, and for several years Tahoka was one of the largest cattle shipping points in the nation. The community was incorporated on June 13, 1915, and J. E. Stokes elected mayor.

Tahoka serves as a trade center for Lynn County farmers and ranchers.
 
Erected 1974 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5190.)
 
Location.
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By Bill Kirchner, November 11, 2017
2. Tahoka Marker
33° 9.996′ N, 101° 47.87′ W. Marker is in Tahoka, Texas, in Lynn County. Marker is on Lockwood Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1612 Lockwood Street, 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 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lynn County (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Lynn County Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Lynn County (approx. 3.9 miles away); Wilson Mercantile Company (approx. 11.3 miles away); Site of Mackenzie Cavalry Camp (approx. 11.4 miles away); Spanish Explorers' Route (approx. 11.4 miles away); The A. J. Warren Building (approx. 14.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tahoka.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Tahoka Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 11, 2017
3. Tahoka Marker
 
 
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 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 20, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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