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Odessa in Ector County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Ector County Land Rush

 
 
Ector County Land Rush Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 10, 2015
1. Ector County Land Rush Marker
Inscription. Here in 1904 a fight involved almost every man in Ector County, over filing a claim for 4 sections of public land. Elias Dawson and Charlie Lewis each brought friends to help him file. Before courthouse doors opened, several men had clothes or boots torn off, in foes' efforts to find filing papers. When the doors opened, a man was boosted over the heads of the crowd, and Lewis won the 4 sections of land.

Texas as a republic owned over 200,000,000 acres of public land. She used land to attract settlers, pay her soldiers, set up school funds. At annexation, she retained her public lands - the only state to do so. In a boundary dispute she ceded 63,552,144 acres; used land to pay for railroads, harbors and canals; compensated Civil War soldiers or widows with land; traded 3,000,000 acres for a state capitol.

By 1883 her lands were over-committed. Free grazing had to be stopped. Terminations of leases and the corrections of surveys later made available some land for filing. This led to the 1904 rush.

In one courthouse a man hid overnight to be first in line. Cattle chutes to a clerk's window would be lined for months with men hoping to file. Cowboys and farmers battled. Filing was a challenge.
 
Erected 1966 by Texas Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 1382.)
Ector County Land Rush Marker (on left) image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 10, 2015
2. Ector County Land Rush Marker (on left)
General Matthew D. Ector Marker (in center) and Ector County Courthouse Marker (on right)

 
Location. 31° 50.828′ N, 102° 22.104′ W. Marker is in Odessa, Texas, in Ector County. Marker is on North Grant Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 North Grant Avenue, Odessa TX 79761, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ector County Courthouse (here, next to this marker); General Matthew D. Ector (here, next to this marker); Site of The Odessa Sanitarium (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Livery Stable and Wagon Yard (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Odessa Land & Townsite Company (about 400 feet away); The Odessa Telephone Exchange (about 400 feet away); The Waddell Pecan Tree (about 500 feet away); Ector County Newspapers (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Odessa.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
<i>rear of</i> Ector County Land Rush Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 10, 2015
3. rear of Ector County Land Rush Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 19, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 168 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 19, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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