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Benjamin in Knox County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

First Settlement in Knox County / L – Ranch

 
 
First Settlement in Knox County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 7, 2015
1. First Settlement in Knox County Marker
Inscription.

First Settlement in Knox County
Hilory G. Bedford, Founder
R.P. Dimmitt • Rufus Browder • G.B. Stewart • L.W. Ricketts • J.W. Hinton • S.T. Cooper • T.G. Stewart • Ed W. Bedford • H.L. Hayes • A.E. Brannin • R.D. Goree • H.C. Thompson

     To assure these families church and school privileges, H.G. Bedford started the town of Benjamin in 1885, naming it for his eldest son. He gave 640 acres for a townsite, reserving 40 acres for a public square. He sold the remainder to these families at $5 per tract.
     In 1886 he was instrumental in organizing the county with Benjamin as the county seat.

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L– Ranch
     In 1884 H.G. Bedford formed the Wichita and Brazos Stock Company to own and operate the L Bar Ranch. Retaining 51% of the stock, he became president. R.P. Dimmitt was secretary. Many of the first settlers of Benjamin sold their land and cattle to the company and became stockholders.
     The company maintained a herd of some 8,000 cattle on open range between the Wichita and Brazos rivers. Headquarters were 4 miles N.E. of the Narrows near the center of the present John Ed Jones Ranch. The company brand was S on the neck and L– on the left side.
     The ranch prospered until the winter of 1886
L – Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 7, 2015
2. L – Ranch Marker
when severe drouth, overstocked range and blizzard conditions (referred to as “The Big Die of the 80's”) caused the loss of many cattle. This combined with sharp drop in prices caused dissolution of the company and disposal of the ranch in 1887.

Erected 1966 A.D. in tribute to H.G. Bedford and other first settlers by their descendants
Sponsored by Miss Lenoir Dimmitt and Knox County Historical Society
 
Erected 1966 by Leonoir Dimmitt and Knox County Historical Society. (Marker Number 1865.)
 
Location. 33° 35.003′ N, 99° 47.571′ W. Marker is in Benjamin, Texas, in Knox County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of S. Hinton Street (State Highway 6) and W. Hays Street (U.S. 82), on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is on the east side of the grounds of the Knox County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Benjamin TX 79505, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Knox County (a few steps from this marker); Original Old Rock Courthouse Cornerstone (within shouting distance of this marker); Quanah Parker Trail (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct
Marker on Grounds of the Knox County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 7, 2015
3. Marker on Grounds of the Knox County Courthouse
line); Pleasant C. Sams (approx. 4.4 miles away); The Narrows (approx. 4.4 miles away); Brazos River Bridge (approx. 5.8 miles away).
 
More about this marker. As noted by the Texas Historical Commission, this is a state-approved private marker and has been assigned Texas State Marker Number 1865.
 
Also see . . .  Benjamin, TX. From the Texas State Historical Association’s “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on March 8, 2015.) 
 
Categories. AgricultureSettlements & Settlers
 
Knox County Marker and<br>First Settlement in Knox County / L – Ranch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 7, 2015
4. Knox County Marker and
First Settlement in Knox County / L – Ranch Marker
Located at southwest corner of intersection
of US 82 and State Highway 6
Markers on Knox County Courthouse Grounds image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 7, 2015
5. Markers on Knox County Courthouse Grounds
First Settlement in Knox County / L- Ranch marker can be seen in the center background
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 8, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 297 times since then and 88 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on March 8, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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