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Historical Markers in Upton County, Texas

 
Clickable Map of Upton 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 Upton County, TX (24) Crane County, TX (7) Crockett County, TX (46) Ector County, TX (53) Glasscock County, TX (4) Midland County, TX (30) Reagan County, TX (9)  UptonCounty(24) Upton County (24)  CraneCounty(7) Crane County (7)  CrockettCounty(46) Crockett County (46)  EctorCounty(53) Ector County (53)  GlasscockCounty(4) Glasscock County (4)  MidlandCounty(30) Midland County (30)  ReaganCounty(9) Reagan County (9)
Rankin is the county seat for Upton County
Adjacent to Upton County, Texas
      Crane County (7)  
      Crockett County (46)  
      Ector County (53)  
      Glasscock County (4)  
      Midland County (30)  
      Reagan County (9)  
 
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1Texas (Upton County), McCamey — 444 — Bobcat Hills (West of Highway)
Named for dens of Lynx (Bobcats) found here 1919 by a University of Texas geology team mapping the resources of the county. These hills, Cretaceous formations are part of an uplift in the southern Permian Basin. Associated with this uplift are the . . . Map (db m201352) HM
2Texas (Upton County), McCamey — 754 — Castle Gap
Castle Gap, famous early pass for southwestern trails, lies 14 miles northwest along the Upton-Crane County line. Through this mile-long gap between Castle and King Mountains flowed the full panorama of Texas history - Indian, Spaniard, Stage and . . . Map (db m201265) HM
3Texas (Upton County), McCamey — 1344 — Early Humble Camp in Permian Basin
The world's largest complex of oil wells in the 1920's was developed in this area. Key to success of this vast petroleum field lay in finding ways to convey oil to growing fuel markets. First efficient transportation came in 1925 with the laying of . . . Map (db m201325) HM
4Texas (Upton County), McCamey — 2948 — King Mountain
Probably named for Guy King, rancher who drilled first water well on top of mountain about 1900. Elevation is 3,000 feet. Part of an uplift in southern Permian Basin; associated with county oil fields. Many Indian relics have been found along the . . . Map (db m201337) HM
5Texas (Upton County), McCamey — 3276 — McCamey
Founded 1926. Had 10,000 people in 1927. Named for Geo. B. McCamey, driller of discovery well that by 1964 had led way to opening of 31 oil and gas fields in Upton County. (discovery well is 2.3 miles north of town.) Center for horse, sheep, . . . Map (db m201341) HM
6Texas (Upton County), McCamey — 3277 — McCamey Junior High School
Site is "Old High School," an outgrowth of 1920s oil boom. No school existed in McCamey prior to 1925, when 20 students were taught in a tin shack on 5th street. A year later school had 550 pupils in classes held in dance halls, skating rinks and 2 . . . Map (db m194512) HM
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7Texas (Upton County), McCamey — 3330 — Mendoza Trail
Route taken, 1683-1684, by the party of Lt. General Juan Dominguez de Mendoza, whose purpose was to explore the Pecos Plains, obtain pearls from Texas rivers, and Christianize the Jumano Indians. Starting twelve miles below El Paso, the party of . . . Map (db m201336) HM
8Texas (Upton County), McCamey — Nancy Ethie EagletonJuly 27, 1890 - December 6, 1973
Outstanding historian, naturalist and educator, taught 53 years in Texas schools, retiring in 1961. Organized Junior Historians # 76 in 1947; founder of Mendoza Trail Museum; first chairman of Upton County Survey Committee; author of first Upton . . . Map (db m201342) HM
9Texas (Upton County), McCamey — 4205 — Rattlesnake Butte
Rattlesnake Butte was named for wildlife seen here in 1919 by students and professors of the University of Texas Bureau of Economic Geology, who were working to map county resources. A meandering formation, approximately 2,600 feet in elevation, the . . . Map (db m201263) HM
10Texas (Upton County), McCamey — 4334 — Rodman-Noel Oil Field
Discovered 1953. Initial well, about 2 miles south of this spot was drilled by E.G. Rodman and W.D. Noel as No.1 Radford Grocery. It was completed January 13, 1953. For a natural flowing potential of 960 barrels in 24 hours. From Grayburg Formation . . . Map (db m201261) HM
11Texas (Upton County), McCamey — 14304 — T.P. Tavern
McCamey residents and visitors remember this site of a well-known nightclub. Co-owners Tom Bargesser and Perry Fitzsimmons used their first initials to name the T.P. Tavern in 1927. The first location near Shell Pipeline road served large crowds . . . Map (db m201324) HM
12Texas (Upton County), McCamey — 5371 — The Little House on the Corner
Built 1940-1941, on site furnished by Independent School District, to house McCamey Girl Scout troops. First stone veneer structure in McCamey. Girl Scout's prized rock collections, plus stone hauled from Bobcat Hills by oil firm trucks and . . . Map (db m201350) HM
13Texas (Upton County), Rankin — 16 — "Weir No.1" Oil Well
Except for the original Yates Ranch Gusher of 1926, most dramatic oil discovery in Upton County brought in December 6, 1961. West of this site 3.5 miles. First quadruple completion in west Texas, called by American Association of Petroleum . . . Map (db m201227) HM
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14Texas (Upton County), Rankin — 2771 — Colonels John C. and William F. UptonUpton County
(Front): County Named for Texas Confederates John C. Upton and W. F. Upton (Brothers) Colonel John Cunningham Upton (1828-1862) Born Tennessee. Came to Texas 1859. Raised company outbreak of Civil War. Attached to 5th Texas . . . Map (db m118234) HM
15Texas (Upton County), Rankin — 14417 — First Baptist Church of Rankin
Local residents formed a Baptist congregation in A.F. Schnaubert's home in 1914. Names of early members include Schnaubert, Taylor, Pool, Felps, Miller, Hickox and Blanton. Later in 1914, the community built a church for local denominations; it was . . . Map (db m201217) HM
16Texas (Upton County), Rankin — 1872 — First State Bank of Rankin
Founded in 1911 on the Kansas City, Mexico & Orient Railroad, the town of Rankin saw four immense oil fields discovered in its trade area in 1923-1926. Local business expanded greatly. The First State Bank of Rankin — Upton County’s first financial . . . Map (db m201211) HM
17Texas (Upton County), Rankin — 4200 — Rankin
Made Upton County seat in 1921. Named for F.E. Rankin, who gave site for railroad station - the center of community life over and above its business dealings; was scene of cowboy dances on Saturday nights and church services on Sundays. Home of . . . Map (db m118236) HM
18Texas (Upton County), Rankin — 4201 — Rankin Cemetery
This cemetery was established in 1915, soon after the founding of Rankin, by Civic leaders Ira Yates, J.H. Felps, Tom F. Hickox, and Dr. J.H. Johnson. Johnson's niece, Mary Evelyn Johnson, was the first to be buried here in 1916. Many burials . . . Map (db m201209) HM
19Texas (Upton County), Rankin — 16271 — Rankin's All Kid Rodeo
Since 1952, the community of Rankin has annually hosted an all-kid rodeo, an event unique to the sport, which has its roots in the American cattle industry. Ranching has been the backbone of the Rankin economy since the town's establishment in 1911. . . . Map (db m201220) HM
20Texas (Upton County), Rankin — 4785 — Site of First Church in Upton County
After pioneers of Upland (12 Mi.N) resettled here in 1912 on Kansas City, Mexico & Orient Railway, they held religious services in the railroad depot, then acquired a non-denominational church site on this corner. Ira G. Yates, later an oil baron, . . . Map (db m201218) HM
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21Texas (Upton County), Rankin — 5219 — The Benedum Oil Field and Townsite(About 9 mi. East)
Field named in 1950 by the Texas Railroad Commission in honor of Michael Late (Mike) Benedum, 1869-1959, who devoted 69 years of his 90 years to the oil business,and won fortune and fame as "The Great Wildcatter". His work began in 1890. With a . . . Map (db m34699) HM
22Texas (Upton County), Rankin — 5611 — UplandFirst Upton County Seat
Now abandoned, the town of Upland (10 miles N) was intended as a station on the rail line from St. Louis to Chihuahua, Mexico. It was also located near the stage route of the Butterfield mail line. Henry Halff and his son platted the townsite in . . . Map (db m118237) HM
23Texas (Upton County), Rankin — 5613 — Upton County
Formed from Tom Green County created February 26, 1887 - organized May 7, 1910. Named in honor of John Cunningham Upton 1828-1868. A distinguished Confederate officer killed at Manassas, August 30, 1862. County Seat, Upland, 1910-1921; . . . Map (db m118235) HM
24Texas (Upton County), Rankin — 5924 — Yates Hotel
Built as show place by Ira Yates, for boom crowds drawn by his $15,000,000 gusher of 1926, on dry ranch with which he was “stuck” in swap-off of a general store. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1964Map (db m194503) HM
 
 
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Dec. 8, 2022