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

Emerald Townsite

(1 Mile North)

 
 
Emerald Townsite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, May 18, 2018
1. Emerald Townsite Marker
Inscription. The first platted town in Crockett County, Emerald was founded in 1889 by Fort Worth & Rio Grande Railway Immigration Agent T. W. Wilkinson. It was to be an agricultural shipping point on a planned extension of the F.W. & R.G. Publicized from Maine to Minnesota for mild climate and fertile land, it acquired a post office on April 8, 1890. Mail came from San Angelo via Knickerbocker (50 miles northeast). Charles Hatch and E. C. Moore were successive postmasters.

In August 1890 the town was in the path of a prairie fire. Although valiant work turned the fire, it was visible for two nights before and two nights after it circled the town. Also in 1890, the county's first school session was held in a tent in Emerald by Mrs. John Noyes. After a frame schoolhouse was built, Mrs. John Ketchpaw taught there. Miss Ada Williams taught the last school term in the spring of 1893.

Confident it would be the county seat, Emerald nevertheless lost in the election of 1891 to the E. M. Powell water well site (now Ozona). Wilkinson protested, to no avail. After the residents began to move to the Powell Well, Emerald Post Office closed on December 7, 1891. The townsite thus became one of the many colonization failures in West Texas.
 
Erected 1978 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number
Emerald Townsite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, May 18, 2018
2. Emerald Townsite Marker
Marker is attached to the column to the left of the bench.
1471.)
 
Location. 30° 41.953′ N, 101° 5.49′ W. Marker is in Ozona, Texas, in Crockett County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Interstate 10 and Taylor Road (County Road 108), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Circle Bar Truckstop and is attached to a brick column between the hotel and the restaurant. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3331 I-10E, Ozona TX 76943, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Emerald House (approx. 6 miles away); Ozona's Water System (approx. 6.4 miles away); Crockett County Jail (approx. 6 miles away); Crockett County Courthouse (approx. 6 miles away); Ozona's First Water Well (approx. 6 miles away); Crockett County (approx. 6.6 miles away); Old Ozona Hotel (approx. 6.6 miles away); David Crockett (approx. 6.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ozona.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 18, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 18, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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