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Near Van Horn in Culberson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Van Horn Wells

(One-Half Mile West)

 
 
Van Horn Wells Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 22, 2012
1. Van Horn Wells Marker
Inscription. Only dependable water supply in miles of arid terrain. Used by Indians for centuries. Named for either Maj. Jefferson Van Horne (who passed here en route to establish fort at El Paso, in 1849), or for Lt. J.J. Van Horn (stationed here to fight Indians, 1859). Wagon trains from south Texas welcomed the "seep-water" from wells, as did soldiers on San Antonio—El Paso military road. Riders for "Jackass Mail" (San Antonio—San Diego) stopped here, and the Butterfield Mail Line built a stage stand at wells, 1859. Town of Van Horn grew up (12 miles north) in 1880s.
 
Erected 1970 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 7926.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Butterfield Overland Mail, and the San Antonio-El Paso Road marker series.
 
Location. 30° 53.228′ N, 104° 47.457′ W. Marker is near Van Horn, Texas, in Culberson County. Marker is on U.S. 90 10.5 miles south of Interstate 10, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. 12 miles south of Van Horn on US Hwy 90. Marker is in this post office area: Van Horn TX 79855, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Clark Hotel (approx. 10.8 miles away); Original Culberson County Jail
Van Horn Wells Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, April 14, 2014
2. Van Horn Wells Marker
Daytime photo
(approx. 11 miles away); Colonel David Culberson (approx. 11 miles away); Presbyterian Church (approx. 11.1 miles away); Culberson County (approx. 12.2 miles away); San Antonio-California Trail (approx. 12.2 miles away but has been reported missing).
 
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Van Horn Wells Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney
3. Van Horn Wells Marker
Panorama with marker foreground, hills in background where Van Horn Wells is located.
Van Horn Wells Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, October 22, 2012
4. Van Horn Wells 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 510 times since then and 54 times this year. Last updated on April 28, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. Photos:   1. submitted on November 2, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   2, 3. submitted on April 28, 2014, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   4. submitted on November 2, 2012, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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