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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Donley County, Texas

 
Clickable Map of Donley County, Texas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Donley County, TX (32) Armstrong County, TX (25) Briscoe County, TX (22) Carson County, TX (48) Collingsworth County, TX (15) Gray County, TX (28) Hall County, TX (11) Wheeler County, TX (41)  DonleyCounty(32) Donley County (32)  ArmstrongCounty(25) Armstrong County (25)  BriscoeCounty(22) Briscoe County (22)  CarsonCounty(48) Carson County (48)  CollingsworthCounty(15) Collingsworth County (15)  GrayCounty(28) Gray County (28)  HallCounty(11) Hall County (11)  WheelerCounty(41) Wheeler County (41)
Adjacent to Donley County, Texas
    Armstrong County (25)
    Briscoe County (22)
    Carson County (48)
    Collingsworth County (15)
    Gray County (28)
    Hall County (11)
    Wheeler County (41)
 
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GEOGRAPHIC SORT
1Texas (Donley County), Clarendon — 12977 — The Clarendon News
The town of Clarendon began with an effort led by the Rev. Lewis H. Carhart as he strived to create a colony based on Christianity, temperance and education. To promote the settlement, he created The Clarendon News, publishing the first . . . Map (db m100419) HM
2Texas (Donley County), Clarendon — 480 — Boydstun Cemetery
Pioneer area settler Henry S. Boydstun (1858-1942), a native of Illinois, moved his family to this area in 1890. That year, his infant son, Eddie, died and was buried in the southwest corner of the family farm. In 1898, Boydstun deeded two acres at . . . Map (db m100418) HM
3Texas (Donley County), Clarendon — 854 — Church of St. John Baptist
Oldest church continuously in use (in earliest Episcopal parish) in the Texas Panhandle. The first services were held by the Rev. Mr. Townsend of Dallas Diocese in the J. B. McClelland Ranch house, Nov. 1877. On site given 1891 by Isaac W. Carhart, . . . Map (db m100427) HM
4Texas (Donley County), Clarendon — 903 — Clarendon Cemetery — 1878-1886
In this first cemetery of Donley County, sixteen rods west lie the first dead of Old Clarendon. Here white civilization sank its roots in sadness and from the graves in this sacred acre strong pioneer spirits turned to face the future with greater . . . Map (db m151697) HM
5Texas (Donley County), Clarendon — 18210 — Clarendon College
On April 2, 1898, the first college in the Texas Panhandle, Clarendon College and University Training School (Clarendon College), was organized by the Methodist Church Conference. The college's doors opened in the town of Clarendon on . . . Map (db m151615) HM
6Texas (Donley County), Clarendon — 1250 — Donley County
Formed from Young and Bexar territories Created • Organized August 21, 1876 • March 22, 1882 Named in honor of Stockton P. Donley 1821 – 1871 a Confederate officer elected to the Texas Supreme Bench in 1866 . . . Map (db m96829) HM
7Texas (Donley County), Clarendon — 13596 — Donley County Courthouse
Designed by the architectural firm of Bulger and Rapp, and built by Troutman Brothers Contractors, both of Trinidad, Colorado, this distinctive public building opened in November 1891. The original Romanesque Revival design included prominent . . . Map (db m96676) HM
8Texas (Donley County), Clarendon — 1884 — First United Methodist Church of Clarendon
When the Rev. Lewis H. Carhart, a Methodist minister, founded Clarendon, he envisioned it as a religious and educational center. The town was established in 1878 near the junction of Carroll Creek and the Salt Fork of the Red River, six miles north . . . Map (db m100426) HM
9Texas (Donley County), Clarendon — 13942 — Funeral Business in Clarendon
For more than a century, this site has been the location of a funeral home, a vital community business serving a widespread area of the Panhandle. Kentucky native Pleasant Andrew Buntin (1849-1941) brought his family to Texas in 1879, settling . . . Map (db m96828) HM
10Texas (Donley County), Clarendon — 2735 — James T. Patman
Outstanding peace officer. Sheriff of Donley County, Nov. 1905 to Jan. 1, 1916 - era when large ranches were being subdivided into farms. Born in Sulphur Springs. Was a Methodist. Married Allie Graves. Had a son and daughter. Died in Clarendon. . . . Map (db m170332) HM
11Texas (Donley County), Clarendon — 12613 — Jericho Cemetery — (1 mile west)
Settlement of this area of Donley County began in the late 19th century, before the town of Jericho was founded as a station on the Chicago, Rock Island and Gulf rail line about 1902. Early community burials took place in the pasture near this . . . Map (db m100417) HM
12Texas (Donley County), Clarendon — 56 — Quanah Parker Trail — Texas Plains Trail Region
Quanah Parker & Charles Goodnight shared mutual respect, reflected in letters at Saints' Roost Museum. Arrow Sculptor: Charles A SmithMap (db m152657) HM
13Texas (Donley County), Clarendon — 4403 — S. W. Lowe House
There are two markers on a single post Local merchants J. G. and F. D. Martin built this house in 1904. Rancher James M. Calhoun owned the property from 1910 to 1914 and cattleman Robert H. Muir from 1914 to 1926. Muir sold the residence . . . Map (db m100428) HM
14Texas (Donley County), Clarendon — 14341 — St. Mary's Catholic Church
The community of Clarendon was established in 1878 as a Protestant community by Methodist Minister Lewis Henry Carhart. The construction of the Fort Worth-Denver railway in the Panhandle in 1887, and the selection of Clarendon as a division point on . . . Map (db m100430) HM
15Texas (Donley County), Clarendon — 18141 — St. Stephen's Baptist Church
Following the relocation of Clarendon along the railroad in 1887, the African American population began to grow. By the 1890s, African Americans were searching for their own place of worship in the growing community. For a time, they gathered in . . . Map (db m151616) HM
16Texas (Donley County), Clarendon — 5127 — Stockton P. Donley — County Named for Texas Confederate — 1821 — 1871 —
County named for Texas Confederate Stockton P. Donley 1821 - 1871 Came to Texas from Kentucky 1846. Dist. Attorney 1853. Enlisted private 7th Tex. Infantry 1861, made Lieutenant. Captured with regiment after bitter fight at Seige Fort Donelson Tenn. . . . Map (db m96827) HM
17Texas (Donley County), Hedley — 3769 — Old Mobeetie Trail — (To early town, about 40 mi. NE)
A road older than recorded history; carved out in centuries of wintertime travel to the south, spring migration to the north, by millions of bison and by Indians who lived by hunting these large animals. Important in era of Texas Panhandle . . . Map (db m169815) HM
18Texas (Donley County), Hedley — 12485 — Rowe Cemetery
Historically significant for its associations with rancher Alfred Rowe and the now-extinct community of Rowe, this burial ground is a reflection of early area farming and ranching efforts and the harshness of pioneer life as permanent settlement . . . Map (db m151619) HM
19Texas (Donley County), Howardwick — "A Cultural Calamity" — Donley County Historic Route 66 Safety Rest Area —
Route 66, known as "The Main Street of America", "The Mother Road" and "The Will Rogers Highway" served as the lifeline for the World War II effort and thousands of families that fled to escape "The Dust Bowl Era". Passage along Route 66 . . . Map (db m163912) HM
20Texas (Donley County), Howardwick — "Crossing Cattle County" — Donley County Historic Route 66 Safety Rest Area —
"Between Shamrock and Amarillo, Route 66 crossed cattle country where four wire gates blocked auto traffic in the 1920's. Travelers had to stop, open each gate, pass through, and close the gate behind them." (From "Along Route 66", by Quinta . . . Map (db m163940) HM
21Texas (Donley County), Howardwick — "Crossing The Native American Nations"
US 66 snakes its way through 2448 miles of the American Midwest and southwest along its journey it crosses many territories of varying scenic terrains. Including in these territories are the lands of many Native American nations. . . . Map (db m163938) HM
22Texas (Donley County), Howardwick — "East-West Connection" — Donley County Historic Route 66 Safety Rest Area —
Completed by 1938, runs a distance of 2448 miles across three time zones, and through eight states: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. The original intent was that the alignment would connect the . . . Map (db m163911) HM
23Texas (Donley County), Howardwick — "Gateway To The Southwest" — Donley County Historic Route 66 Safety Rest Area —
For westbound travelers crossing into Texas, Route 66 provided the first glimpses of changes in the landscape and architecture. Buildings of the Southwest featured Adobe, Art Deco, and Mission styles amid landscapes of prairie and . . . Map (db m163923) HM
24Texas (Donley County), Howardwick — "Main Street USA" — Donley County Historic Route 66 Safety Rest Area —
The new Route 66 grew quickly in use and legend and was named "Main Street USA" and "The Mother Road" by travelers who required services never before known. Blacksmith shops became garages, sidewalk gas pumps grew to service stations. Hotel . . . Map (db m163939) HM
25Texas (Donley County), Howardwick — "The Beginning" — Donley County Historic Route 66 Safety Rest Area —
Route 66 was conceived in the mid 1920's by Oklahoma Highway Commissioner Cyrus Stevens Acery and the U.S. Bureau of Public Roads. The vision was of an all-weather paved highway stretching from densely populated Chicago and the Midwest to the . . . Map (db m163910) HM
26Texas (Donley County), Howardwick — "The Bunion Derby" — Donley County Historic Route 66 Safety Rest Area —
The first legendary event to take place along Route 66 was in 1923 when sports promoter C.C Pyle and the US Highway 66 Association promoted a transcontinental footrace that later became known as the Bunion Derby. The race started in . . . Map (db m163930) HM
27Texas (Donley County), Howardwick — "The Convertible And The Open Road" — Donley County Historic Route 66 Safety Rest Area —
Route 66 was finished just as the first wave of new cars came off the post war assembly lines. For many Americans, it symbolized an unparalleled freedom and mobility for every individual who could own and operate an automobile. Route 66 . . . Map (db m163925) HM
28Texas (Donley County), Howardwick — "The Dust Bowl Days" — Donley County Historic Route 66 Safety Rest Area —
Poor agricultural practices and sustained drought throughout the Southern Plains during the 1930's left the land barren of growing crops. Strong winds whipped across the empty fields creating huge black clouds of dust traveling across . . . Map (db m163918) HM
29Texas (Donley County), Howardwick — "The Naming Of Route 66" — Donley County Historic Route 66 Safety Rest Area —
Route 66 was pieced together from rural dirt roads, farm-to-market roads, and by connecting U.S. highways 25, 31, 52, 60, 62 and 150. The name was assigned on November 11, 1926 when state politicians discovered, after a heated debate, that the . . . Map (db m163921) HM
30Texas (Donley County), Howardwick — "Transportation History" — Donley County Historic Route 66 Safety Rest Area —
Route 66 was the first paved road to link the Midwest to the Pacific Coast. Prior to its construction in 1926, there had been no roadway on which anyone in a motor vehicle could easily travel cross-country. Route 66 represents the . . . Map (db m163917) HM
31Texas (Donley County), Howardwick — "Wartime Impact" — Donley County Historic Route 66 Safety Rest Area —
Route 66 was a major lifeline in the single largest wartime manpower mobilization effort in US history. Route 66 provided the rapid transportation of raw materials from the Southwest to the manufacturing facilities of the Midwest and Northeast. . . . Map (db m163935) HM
32Texas (Donley County), Howardwick — Route 66 Timeline
1900's 1903 - W.C. Rogers becomes last elected Cherokee Chief 1910's 1916 - Legislation for public transports 1920's 1926 - US highway 66, first highway to link the Midwest and Pacific Coast is born 1930's 1938 - Route 66 completely . . . Map (db m163949) HM
 
May. 16, 2021