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Near Big Spring in Howard County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

W.T. ("Uncle Bud") Roberts

(1849 - 1940)

 
 
W.T. ("Uncle Bud") Roberts Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 11, 2015
1. W.T. ("Uncle Bud") Roberts Marker
Inscription. William Travis Roberts, son of William and Rachel Roberts, was born near Georgetown, Texas. At 13, "Bud" assumed care of the family while his father fought and died in the Civil War. In 1870, he married Mary Thompson (1855 - 1915) at Georgetown. The young couple quit cotton farming for cattle raising, but soon lost most of their small longhorn herd to rustlers.

When buffalo hunters told of free range farther west, they decided to make a fresh start in Howard County, becoming its first permanent settlers in 1877. They built a dugout and homesteaded at Moss Springs near Signal Peak until forced out by rival land claimants. The Roberts family relocated about 1.5 miles away on Moss Creek, promptly filing a claim on this land 1883.

They had the first wire fence and the first water well in the county. Enduring many hardships, they attained success, and gradually acquired 12 sections of land. Four of Roberts' seven children reached maturity. The family raised Whiteface Hereford cattle and fine Morgan saddle horses. The Roberts "B 5 Bar" brand on a horse was for many years the supreme guarantee of quality. "Uncle Bud" died on his beloved ranch at the age of 91.
 
Erected 1976 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14468.)
 
Location.
W.T. ("Uncle Bud") Roberts Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 11, 2015
2. W.T. ("Uncle Bud") Roberts Marker
32° 14.378′ N, 101° 21.582′ W. Marker is near Big Spring, Texas, in Howard County. Marker is on South Moss Lake Road 2˝ miles south of Interstate 20, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Big Spring TX 79720, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Big Spring School District (approx. 6.1 miles away); First Christian Church (approx. 6.4 miles away); Settles Hotel (approx. 6.8 miles away); First National Bank in Big Spring (approx. 6.9 miles away); Route of Marcy’s Trail (approx. 6.9 miles away); A Historical Big Spring Meat Market (approx. 7 miles away); Big Spring Hardware Company (approx. 7 miles away); The J. & W. Fisher Company (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Big Spring.
 
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W.T. ("Uncle Bud") Roberts Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 11, 2015
3. W.T. ("Uncle Bud") Roberts Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 3, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 215 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 3, 2015, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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