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Near Smyer in Hockley County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Spade Ranch

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, April 29, 2014
1. The Spade Ranch Marker
Inscription. Founded by Isaac L. Ellwood (1833-1910), inventor who made a fortune in barbed wire, and bought (1889) from veteran cattlemen D.H. and J.W. Snyder an 8 x 25-mile range (128,000 acres) in Hale, Hockley, Lamb and Lubbock counties. This range was used for Spade-branded calves from Renderbrook Spring, his southmost ranch, in Mitchell County. He continued buying South Plains land until Spade Range was 54 miles long. Headquarters (originally in Lamb County) was moved to South Camp (3/10 mi. N of here) after farm-land sales in 1920s.

Ellwood's descendants still own and operate the Spade.
 
Erected 1972 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 5430.)
 
Location. 33° 35.253′ N, 102° 12.397′ W. Marker is near Smyer, Texas, in Hockley County. Marker is on State Highway 114 0.6 miles east of Hummingbird Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is 2.4 miles west of Smyer. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6263 East TX114, Smyer TX 79367, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. City of Levelland (approx. 9.8 miles away); Reese AFB Texas (approx. 10.2 miles away); Reese Air Force Base
The Spade Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 29, 2014
2. The Spade Ranch Marker
(approx. 10.4 miles away); Hockley County (approx. 10.6 miles away); Ropesville Cemetery (approx. 12.3 miles away); Ropesville Resettlement Project (approx. 12.7 miles away); Site of Primrose School (approx. 13.1 miles away).
 
Categories. Agriculture
 
The Spade Ranch image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, April 29, 2014
3. The Spade Ranch
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 11, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 288 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 11, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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