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Gainesville in Cooke County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Gainesville-Fort Sill Road

 
 
Gainesville-Fort Sill Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
1. Gainesville-Fort Sill Road Marker
Inscription. The U.S. Cavalry constructed roads to improve logistical routes in the west during the 19th century. Henry O. Flipper, the first African American graduate of West Point, was an officer in the Tenth Cavalry regiment “Buffalo Soldiers” at Fort Sill, Indian Territory (Oklahoma). By late 1879, Fort Sill required a more significant railroad town than nearby Caddo Station, and the Army placed Flipper in command of building a road from Fort Sill to Gainesville. Two years later, the railroad reached Henrietta and replaced Gainesville as a Fort Sill supply town. Nevertheless, the construction of the Gainesville-Fort Sill Road is a historic example of the Buffalo Soldiers’ contributions to the west’s economic development.
 
Erected 2006 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 13613.)
 
Location. 33° 37.467′ N, 97° 8.431′ W. Marker is in Gainesville, Texas, in Cooke County. Marker is at the intersection of Depot Lane and East California Street (Texas Highway 51), on the right when traveling north on Depot Lane. Touch for map. Located at the Gainesville AMTRAK rail station. Marker is at or near this postal address: 605 East California Street, Gainesville TX 76240, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
Gainesville-Fort Sill Road Marker at Gainesville Depot. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
2. Gainesville-Fort Sill Road Marker at Gainesville Depot.
are within walking distance of this marker. Santa Fe Passenger Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); The Great Hanging at Gainesville, 1862 (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Barbed Wire in Cooke County (approx. ¼ mile away); Cooke County Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Old California Trail (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gainesville Community Circus (approx. 0.6 miles away); American Paint Horse Association (approx. ¾ mile away); Cooke County C.S.A. / 2nd Frontier Regiment (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gainesville.
 
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View of marker looking east on California Street. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, July 21, 2016
3. View of marker looking east on California Street.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 8, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 8, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 136 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 8, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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