Near Big Spring in Howard County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
W.T. ("Uncle Bud") Roberts
(1849 - 1940)
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. 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); The Seventh Earl of Aylesford (approx. 6.9 miles away); First National Bank in Big Spring (approx. 6.9 miles away); Howard County (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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Big Spring.
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