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

John Ben Shepperd

(1915 – 1990)

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, November 12, 2017
1. John Ben Shepperd Marker
Inscription.  Odessa and Texas civic legend, consummate volunteer leader. Chaired hundreds of committees; appointed by 7 governors and 4 presidents to state and national boards. Named Texas secretary of state (1950-52) at age 34. Elected twice as attorney general (1953-57). Joined Noel-Rodman Corporation interests in 1957 to launch a 33-year career as Odessa's premier mover and shaker. President of Odessa, West Texas Chambers and Texas, U.S. Jaycees. Organizer of Texas' official historical marking program, Texas Arts Commission. Champion of U.T.P.B; instrumental in its creation, development. Named Texan of the Year, 1984. Attorney; prominent petroleum, banking, insurance executive.
 
Erected 1991 by Heritage of Odessa Foundation. (Marker Number 19.)
 
Location. 31° 53.447′ N, 102° 19.972′ W. Marker is in Odessa, Texas, in Ector County. Marker is at the intersection of John Ben Shepperd Parkway and Big Sky Way, on the right when traveling north on John Ben Shepperd Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Odessa TX 79762, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker
John Ben Shepperd Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 12, 2017
2. John Ben Shepperd Marker
, measured as the crow flies. Old Buffalo Wallow (approx. 0.2 miles away); Emmet V. Headlee, M.D (approx. one mile away); Temple Beth El (approx. 1.8 miles away); Sewell Ford (approx. 1.9 miles away); Ector County's First Dry Hole (approx. 2.1 miles away); Ector County (approx. 2.2 miles away); Comanche War Trail (approx. 2.2 miles away); Site of Homestead of William C. Sublett (approx. 2.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Odessa.
 
Also see . . .  Handbook of Texas Online. As chair of the Texas State Historical Survey Committee (now the Texas Historical Commission) from 1963 to 1967, John Ben Shepperd was the driving force in the development of the official highway historical markers program. (Submitted on July 22, 2018, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.) 
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 22, 2018, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 50 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 22, 2018, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.
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