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Rankin in Upton County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Upton County

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By Zacharias Beau T, November 4, 2011
1. Upton County
Texas history along the way.
Inscription. Formed from Tom Green County created February 26, 1887 - organized May 7, 1910.

Named in honor of John Cunningham Upton 1828-1868. A distinguished Confederate officer killed at Manassas, August 30, 1862.

County Seat, Upland, 1910-1921; Rankin, since. A cattle and sheep raising county, oil wells dot the county.
Erected 1936 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 5613.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments marker series.
Location. 31° 13.928′ N, 101° 50.568′ W. Marker is in Rankin, Texas, in Upton County. Marker is on U.S. 67 one mile east of County Road 230, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. It is two miles east of Rankin on a roadside park. Marker is in this post office area: Rankin TX 79778, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rankin (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonels John C. and William F. Upton (approx. 5.6 miles away); The Benedum Oil Field and Townsite (approx. 8.6 miles away); The Town of Texon (approx. 9.1 miles away); Santa Rita No. 1 (approx. 9.1 miles away).
Regarding Upton County. Lt. Colonel John C. Upton served with the Hood's Texas Brigade in the Army of Northern Virginia. By the time of Upton's death at the battle of Second Manassas the Texas Brigade was established as one of General Lee's most dependable units.
John's brother William also gained the two stars of a Confederate Lt. Colonel though his service was in Texas. William Upton survived to serve in the State Legislator after the war.
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 15, 2011, by Zacharias Beau T of Alpine, Texas. This page has been viewed 379 times since then and 17 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 15, 2011, by Zacharias Beau T of Alpine, Texas. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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