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Near Merkel in Taylor County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Mulberry Canyon

 
 
Mulberry Canyon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 27, 2014
1. Mulberry Canyon Marker
Inscription. Human activity in this area has been traced to prehistoric eras. Native American tribes roamed this land with the buffalo, deer, turkey, mountain lion, and black bear. Among the first recorded ventures into the canyon were the Military Road Survey and the Forty-Niner Mail Route of 1849. The Military Road was used by the Butterfield Stage Overland Mail route from 1858 to 1861. The canyon was named for the mulberry trees that grew along the largest creek.
†††††Cattle ranchers began to use the canyon in the 1870s. The last herds of buffalo passed through Mulberry Canyon in 1878 just before pioneer families began to build communities. In 1879 settlers planted maize, corn, and wheat; the first cotton was planted in 1886. The last black bear lived as a pet on the Brown Ranch in the 1880s.
†††††Over half a dozen small communities sprang up in the canyon. Ten churches and ten schools have served the area, which at its peak had a population of 500. The earliest marked grave in White Church Cemetery is dated 1883. Nubia, the only town, had a post office until 1917. The last store closed in 1946.
†††††In 1997, descendants of the pioneer settlers still occupied much of Mulberry Canyon.
 
Erected 1997 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12222.)
 
Location.
Mulberry Canyon and Cornelia Clark Fort Markers image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 27, 2014
2. Mulberry Canyon and Cornelia Clark Fort Markers
32° 24.28′ N, 100° 4.174′ W. Marker is near Merkel, Texas, in Taylor County. Marker is at the intersection of Farm to Market Road 126 and Farm to Market Road 1085, on the right when traveling south on Road 126. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Merkel TX 79536, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cornelia Clark Fort (here, next to this marker); Castle Peak (approx. 5.7 miles away); Vicinity of Indian Fight (approx. 5.7 miles away); Mountain Pass Station (approx. 5.9 miles away); Near Site of Indian Battle (approx. 5.9 miles away); Drummond Cemetery (approx. 11.6 miles away); In Vicinity of Coronado's Camp (approx. 11.6 miles away); Butterfield Trail (approx. 11.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Merkel.
 
Also see . . .  Nubia, TX. From the Texas State Historical Associationís “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on October 6, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
View to Southeast from Farm to Market Road 1085 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 27, 2014
3. View to Southeast from Farm to Market Road 1085
View to Northwest from Farm to Market Road 126 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 27, 2014
4. View to Northwest from Farm to Market Road 126
Markers at Intersection of FM 126 and FM 1085 image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 27, 2014
5. Markers at Intersection of FM 126 and FM 1085
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 6, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 266 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 6, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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