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Marfa in Presidio County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

William Edward Russell

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, October 22, 2012
1. William Edward Russell Marker
Inscription. Kentucky native William Edward Russell (1839-1890) came to Texas in the 1850s and worked his way to the Big Bend region, where he traded along the Chihuahua Trail and had a store at the Horsehead Crossing of the Pecos River. Russell became a prominent landowner, rancher, merchant, farmer and silver miner in the Presidio County/Northern Mexico region. He acquired property along the Old River Road between Candelaria and Presidio and founded the settlement of Ruidoso, where he constructed irrigation ditches and set up a mill. He held several county political offices, including commissioner and sheriff. He and his wife, Maria Tomasita Rodriguez, had seven children, four of whom lived past young childhood.
 
Erected 2002 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12622.)
 
Location. 30° 18.503′ N, 104° 2.353′ W. Marker is in Marfa, Texas, in Presidio County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of South Tenison Avenue and Philadelpha Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in the Marfa Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: Marfa TX 79843, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. James Buchanan Gillett (within shouting
William Edward Russell gravestone image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 22, 2012
2. William Edward Russell gravestone
distance of this marker); Hunter Gymnasium (approx. 0.8 miles away); Building 98, Fort D. A. Russell (approx. 0.9 miles away); Fort D.A. Russell (approx. 0.9 miles away); Blackwell School (approx. one mile away); El Paisano Hotel (approx. 1.1 miles away); Humphris-Humphreys House (approx. 1.1 miles away); Presidio County Courthouse (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marfa.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
William Edward Russell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 22, 2012
3. William Edward Russell Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 2, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 453 times since then and 83 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 2, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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