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Albany in Shackelford County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

City of Albany

 
 
City of Albany Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2016
1. City of Albany Marker
Inscription. Chosen county seat of Shackelford in 1874, Albany had a 43-acre townsite donated by Sheriff Henry C. Jacobs. County Clerk W.R. Cruger named city for his old home, Albany, Ga. A wooden picket courthouse was erected. The post office opened Aug. 1, 1876. By late 1877 there were 16 buildings—homes, hotels, saloons, a blacksmith shop. Merchants were T.E. Jackson and firm of Woody & Hatcher. Physicians W.T. Baird and W.M. Powell and Lawyer A.A. Clarke located here. D.H. Meyer and Edgar Rye began (1879) publishing “The Albany Tomahawk”. Already on the Western Cattle Trail, city expanded as a frontier shipping point when Houston & Texas Central Railroad built a terminus here in 1881.
†††††By 1882 a church building had been erected. Music lovers organized a cornet band. In 1883 an opera hall opened, and a permanent courthouse of native stone was built. Succeeding D.R. Britt as the school principal, W.S. Dalrymple founded an adult study club, “The Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle”.
†††††Albany had an academy, and then a college in 1898-1915. Local activities include ranching, petroleum production, small farming, and annual staging of the historical drama, “The Fort Griffin Fandangle”.
 
Erected 1975 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number
Bank Park image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2016
2. Bank Park
Marker is visible in right center background
879.)
 
Location. 32° 43.516′ N, 99° 17.851′ W. Marker is in Albany, Texas, in Shackelford County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 180) north of S. 1st Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located along the Main Street sidewalk fronting Bank Park. Marker is in this post office area: Albany TX 76430, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Georgia Battalion Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Ledbetter Picket House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Albany News (within shouting distance of this marker); Ledbetter Salt Works CSA (within shouting distance of this marker); Texas Central Railway Company (within shouting distance of this marker); The H.C. Jacobs House (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Griffin Fandangle (about 600 feet away); Albany's First Public School (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Albany.
 
Also see . . .  Albany, TX. From the Texas State Historical Associationís “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on April 19, 2016.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
View to South Towards Downtown Albany image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, March 23, 2016
3. View to South Towards Downtown Albany
Marker is next to sidewalk on west side of Main Street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 19, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 188 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 19, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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