Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Buffalo Gap in Taylor County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Town of Buffalo Gap

 
 
Town of Buffalo Gap Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 9, 2014
1. Town of Buffalo Gap Marker
Inscription. Probably named for the pass in Callahan Divide (Mountains) crossed by thousands of buffalo that once inhabited this area.
      Besides providing the native Apache and Comanche Indians with food, buffaloes drew the first white hunters here about 1874.
     First homes in present town were dugouts of buffalo hunters. The community began to grow in 1878 when it was named county seat and was located on the Western Cattle Trail. In 1883, however, the new railroad town of Abilene became county seat and Buffalo Gap, like so many small Texas towns, lost prestige.
 
Erected 1968 by Texas State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 5523.)
 
Location. 32° 16.831′ N, 99° 49.596′ W. Marker is in Buffalo Gap, Texas, in Taylor County. Marker is at the intersection of West Street and Vine Street, on the left when traveling south on West Street. Touch for map. Marker is located at the Old Settlers Reunion Grounds. Marker is in this post office area: Buffalo Gap TX 79508, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Vicinity of Indian Fight (here, next to this marker); Buffalo Gap College (here, next to this marker); The Ernie Wilson Museum
Town of Buffalo Gap Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 9, 2014
2. Town of Buffalo Gap Marker
With two other State historical markers
at the Old Settlers Reunion Grounds
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Taylor County (approx. 0.4 miles away); Buffalo Gap Cemetery (approx. 1.8 miles away); a different marker also named Taylor County (approx. 4 miles away); The Civilian Conservation Corps at Abilene State Park (approx. 4.3 miles away); Cedar Gap Community (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buffalo Gap.
 
Also see . . .  Buffalo Gap, TX. From the Texas State Historical Association's “The Handbook of Texas”. (Submitted on June 23, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
Trio of State Markers about Buffalo Gap image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 9, 2014
3. Trio of State Markers about Buffalo Gap
At southeast corner of West Street and Vine Street
Rear View of Markers image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 9, 2014
4. Rear View of Markers
View to north along West Street
Taylor County's First Courthouse and Jail image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 9, 2014
5. Taylor County's First Courthouse and Jail
At the nearby Buffalo Gap Historic Village
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 23, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 278 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 23, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
Paid Advertisement