“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
El Campo in Wharton County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Prairie Switch

Prairie Switch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, June 13, 2010
1. Prairie Switch Marker
Inscription. El Campo was known as "Prairie Switch" when it was established in 1881 as a siding and shipping point on the New York, Texas and Mexican Railroad, where cattlemen rounded up their herds for shipping. It was also a station for construction gangs working on the railroad. These workers frequently referred to it as "The Camp", and the name was officially changed to "El Campo" in 1890.
The town was laid out by the railroad and not by the compass, with two main streets that crossed each other north of the tracks. In the 1890's herds of cattle were bedded down on this very site, now named Evans Park.
This replica of an open depot is sponsored by the Beautify El Campo Extension (BEEs) of the Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture and the El Campo Museum Society. It is dedicated to the hardy men and women who settled this community, and commemorates El Campo's rich heritage during the Texas Sesquicentennial year of 1986.
Others making this project possible are Sorosis Club, Rotary Club, Women's Club, Sesame Club, Pilot Club, Lions Club, Jaycees, BLS Construction, Inc. and the El Campo Leader-News.
Location. 29° 11.76′ N, 96° 16.115′ W. Marker is in El Campo, Texas, in Wharton County. Marker is on Monseratte Street near N. Mechanic Street, on the
Depot Replica image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, June 13, 2010
2. Depot Replica
right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 156 E. Monseratte Street, El Campo TX 77437, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First National Bank of El Campo (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); El Campo Library Building (about 600 feet away); El Campo (approx. 0.2 miles away); Danevang (approx. 11.2 miles away); Ansgar Evangelical Lutheran Church and Cemetery (approx. 11.2 miles away); Danevang Lutheran Church (approx. 11.3 miles away); Danevang Pioneer Monument (approx. 11.3 miles away); Danevang Community Hall (approx. 11.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in El Campo.
Categories. Railroads & Streetcars
Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 2, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 524 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 2, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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