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Melrose in Nacogdoches County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Pioneer Texas Oil Man

Lyne Taliaferro Barret

 

(1832-1913)

 
PIONEER TEXAS OIL MAN Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Barnes
1. PIONEER TEXAS OIL MAN Marker
Inscription. Born in Virginia. Came with parents to Texas, 1842. Married Angelina Thomas. Had 9 children.

Drilled the first oil well in Texas, 1866. If efforts to drill early in 1859 had succeeded, he would have completed first oil well in the United States.

Low demand and scarce capital halted his oil operations. He spent rest of his life as a farmer and community leader.
 
Erected 1966.
 
Location. 31° 33.888′ N, 94° 28.95′ W. Marker is in Melrose, Texas, in Nacogdoches County. Marker is on El Camino Real (State Highway 21). Touch for map. Located approximately 8 miles east of Nacogdoches, Texas on State Highway 21 in the community of Melrose, within the "Lower Melrose Cemetery." The cemetery is about 50 yards north of the highway, behind the Melrose Baptist Church. Marker is in this post office area: Nacogdoches TX 75961, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Halfway Inn (approx. 8 miles away); Charles Standfield Taylor (approx. 10.2 miles away); John S. Roberts (approx. 10.2 miles away); Haden Edwards (approx. 10.2 miles away); Oak Grove Cemetery
Lyne Taliaferro Barret Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ken Barnes
2. Lyne Taliaferro Barret Grave Marker
(approx. 10.2 miles away); "The Treaty" (approx. 10.2 miles away); Eugenia Sterne Park (approx. 10.2 miles away); Home of Adolphus Sterne (approx. 10.2 miles away).
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 24, 2010, by Ken Barnes of Nacogdoches, Texas. This page has been viewed 781 times since then and 55 times this year. Last updated on March 15, 2012, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 24, 2010, by Ken Barnes of Nacogdoches, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
 
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