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Parramore Post #57, American Legion

 
 
Parramore Post #57, American Legion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 30, 2015
1. Parramore Post #57, American Legion Marker
Inscription. Founded in March 1919, the American Legion was established as a World War I veteransí organization. Abilene Post No. 57 was organized on July Fourth and chartered in September of that year, one of one hundred such chapters formed in the Legionís first six months. Soon after its inception the post was renamed for James Harrison Parramore (1840-1917), one of Abileneís founders and a Civil War veterans who had been a supporter of the local National Guard.
†††††The postís first structure was built of natural stone in 1920. The Ladiesí Auxiliary was formed in 1922 and chartered in 1925. Legion facilities, expanded in 1937, housed the Ladiesí Auxiliary and included what was for many years the only public swimming pool in Abilene.
†††††In 1942, World War II veterans were admitted; veterans of the wars in Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf later became members, as did veterans of other major military conflicts. The Legion building was virtually destroyed by fire in 1980, eliminating the postís records.
†††††The purpose of the American Legion is “to protect the interests of United States war veterans and their families.” The Legion has assisted veterans with employment, financial aid, medical care, and government benefits. The members celebrate Memorial Day and Veterans Day with parades and programs. The Parramore
Parramore Post #57, American Legion Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 30, 2015
2. Parramore Post #57, American Legion Marker
Post also takes an active role in civic service, working with Abileneís youth and underprivileged citizens. Parramore Post No. 57 continues to uphold the traditions of its founders and remains an integral part of the Abilene community.
 
Erected 1998 by Texas Historical Commission and American Legion Auxiliary Parramore Unit 57. (Marker Number 12224.)
 
Location. 32° 26.204′ N, 99° 43.269′ W. Marker is in Abilene, Texas, in Taylor County. Marker is at the intersection of E. South 11th Street (State Highway 36) and Maple Street, on the right when traveling west on E. South 11th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 302 E. South 11th St, Abilene TX 79602, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Judge Walter R. Ely (approx. 0.9 miles away); Site of Thornton's Store (approx. 0.9 miles away); 45th Infantry Division at Camp Barkeley (approx. 0.9 miles away); "I Shall Never Surrender or Retreat" (approx. 0.9 miles away); Honoring E Battery Lost Battalion WWII (approx. 0.9 miles away); Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
View to West Along E. South 11th Street image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 30, 2015
3. View to West Along E. South 11th Street
Marker is next to flag poles
(approx. 0.9 miles away); Taylor County Veterans Memorial (approx. one mile away); Site of Curfew by John J. Clinton (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Abilene.
 
Categories. Military
 
View to East Along E. South 11th Street image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 30, 2015
4. View to East Along E. South 11th Street
Marker is next to flag poles
Parramore Post #57, American Legion image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 30, 2015
5. Parramore Post #57, American Legion
View to north across E. South 11th Street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 31, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 202 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 31, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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