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Panhandle in Carson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Temple Lea Houston

(August 12, 1860 - August 15, 1905)

 
 
Temple Lea Houston Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, May 2, 2012
1. Temple Lea Houston Marker
Inscription. Born in the Texas Governor's Mansion, the eighth and last child of Sam Houston (1793-1863) and his wife Margaret; educated at Baylor University, Texas A&M, and in a law office, Temple Houston came in 1881 to this region as district attorney for the 35th Judicial District. He married Laura Cross of Mobeetie, 1882. Tall and handsome, he resembled his father—a fact cited when he ran for the Texas Senate in 1884. He won, and was seated before reaching legal age for the office. While serving in the Senate, he built a home near “Panhandle City”. During his two terms, he became a leader in spite of his youth, advancing legislation favorable to frontiersmen in this area.

When a new capitol was dedicated in Austin in 1888, he made the major speech, taking pride that lands in the Panhandle had paid for the magnificent building. Amid the ovations of that day were pleas that he run for Governor or United States Congressman, but he declined. About 1893 he moved to Oklahoma and gained added fame as a lawyer and orator. Thus the fledgling of “The Raven” became a legend in his own time. He was the father of two daughters and three sons. The Oklahoma Historical Society has honored him by placing a marker at his grave in Woodward.
 
Erected 1976 by Texas Historical Commission
Temple Lea Houston Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, May 2, 2012
2. Temple Lea Houston Marker
. (Marker Number 5220.)
 
Location. 35° 20.776′ N, 101° 22.819′ W. Marker is in Panhandle, Texas, in Carson County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Elsie Avenue (Route 207) and East 5th Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Carson County Square House Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 503 Elsie Avenue., Panhandle TX 79068, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pioneer Dugout (a few steps from this marker); Eclipse Windmill Patented 1867 (a few steps from this marker); Finch-Lord-Nelson and the Founding of Panhandle City (a few steps from this marker); Texas Panhandle Pioneers: The Simms Brothers (a few steps from this marker); Last Great Panhandle Cattle Drive to Montana (within shouting distance of this marker); The Square House (within shouting distance of this marker); Carson County (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Conway Community Church (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Panhandle.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 1, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 351 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 1, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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