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

Wilson Mercantile Company

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, November 11, 2017
1. Wilson Mercantile Company Marker
Inscription. Founded 1910 by William Green, son of a family who settled in South Texas more than a century ago. The townsite was part of four leagues of Wilson County school lands bought 1906 by Green and Associates.

Green later bought out his associates, and shortly thereafter he and Lonnie Lumsden acquired over 50 sections of the old Dixie Ranch in the north part of Lynn County. Their ranching headquarters were a mile east of here. Green introduced farming on the school lands, bringing in settlers (many from his home county, Lavaca)-- some as purchasers, some as tenants. The community was called Wilson, for the original tract, and indirectly for Rev. J. C. Wilson, State Senator for whom Wilson County was named.

The town was founded 1911, after Green influenced Panhandle & Santa Fe Railway to put its line here.

Green's original frame mercantile store, nucleus for the town, was replaced in 1917 by this building.

In 1963 Wilson Mercantile was restored by Mrs. William Dickson Green, daughter-in-law of founder; her work has made the building a repository for items authentic to the period when the Greens came to Texas as well as to the era when town of Wilson was established and the store was founded.

Recorded Texas Historical Landmark – 1967

 
Erected
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By Bill Kirchner, November 11, 2017
2. Wilson Mercantile Company Marker
1967 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 5857.)
 
Location. 33° 19.034′ N, 101° 43.462′ W. Marker is in Wilson, Texas, in Lynn County. Marker is at the intersection of Green Avenue and 10th Street, on the right when traveling west on Green Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is on south wall of building. Marker is in this post office area: Wilson TX 79381, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Mackenzie Cavalry Camp (approx. 0.4 miles away); Spanish Explorers' Route (approx. half a mile away); Lynn County (approx. 8.1 miles away); Mercy Hospital (approx. 9 miles away); Slaton Bakery (approx. 9 miles away); Slaton Volunteer Fire Department (approx. 9 miles away); Slaton (approx. 9 miles away); Engine 1809 (approx. 9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilson.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers
 
Wilson Mercantile Company image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 11, 2017
3. Wilson Mercantile Company
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 24, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 67 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 24, 2017, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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