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Historical Markers in Lamb County, Texas

 
Clickable Map of Lamb 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 Lamb County, TX (21) Bailey County, TX (16) Castro County, TX (13) Cochran County, TX (7) Hale County, TX (43) Hockley County, TX (11) Lubbock County, TX (101) Parmer County, TX (18)  LambCounty(21) Lamb County (21)  BaileyCounty(16) Bailey County (16)  CastroCounty(13) Castro County (13)  CochranCounty(7) Cochran County (7)  HaleCounty(43) Hale County (43)  HockleyCounty(11) Hockley County (11)  LubbockCounty(101) Lubbock County (101)  ParmerCounty(18) Parmer County (18)
Littlefield is the county seat for Lamb County
Adjacent to Lamb County, Texas
      Bailey County (16)  
      Castro County (13)  
      Cochran County (7)  
      Hale County (43)  
      Hockley County (11)  
      Lubbock County (101)  
      Parmer County (18)  
 
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1Texas, Lamb County, Amherst — 4331 — Rocky Ford Crossing and Community(The ford was 0.5 mile to the west)
On US 385, on the right when traveling north.
The 840-mile Brazos River was both friend and foe to settlers. Here, near the source of Double Mountain Fork, after XIT Ranch was sold to smaller operators about 1912, the river that had attracted settlers was found to obstruct wet-weather travel. . . . Map (db m151411) HM
2Texas, Lamb County, Amherst — 5519 — Town of Amherst
On Farm to Market Road 37, 0.9 miles east of U.S. 84, on the right when traveling east.
Began in 1913 as a cattle-shipping point on Pecos and Northern Texas Railroad. Served the 300,000-acre Spring Lake Ranch, which was established in 1902 by W.E. "Colonel Bill" Halsell (1850-1934) and his son Ewing Halsell (1877-1965). According to . . . Map (db m167649) HM
3Texas, Lamb County, Earth — 1364 — Earth
On East Main Street at South Cedar Street, on the right when traveling east on East Main Street.
Before white men entered this region in late 19th century, nomadic Apache, Comanche, and Kiowa Indians followed the buffalo from water hole to water hole. A favorite Indian camp was at a spring (5 miles w), near which the Springlake . . . Map (db m104454) HM
4Texas, Lamb County, Earth — 1733 — First Irrigation Well in Lamb County
On U.S. 70, 0.3 miles east of County Highway 99, on the right when traveling east.
Dug by hand in 1902 for crops, cattle, and household use of Ewing Halsell (1877-1965), son of land promoter and settler W. E. Halsell. An irrigation ditch carried water half a mile to headquarters of Halsell's "Mashed O" Ranch. Six . . . Map (db m104435) HM
5Texas, Lamb County, Earth — 8 — Quanah Parker TrailTexas Plains Trail Region
On East Main Street west of North Birch Street, on the right when traveling west.
Comanches followed Blackwater draw to camp by spring-fed Spring Lake and hunt in the Sand Hills south of Earth Arrow Sculptor: Charles A. SmithMap (db m167655) HM
6Texas, Lamb County, Earth — 13832 — Sod House Spring
On County Road 172, 1 mile east of County Road 1055, on the left when traveling east.
Indian camp and watering place. Took its name from first sod house built in 1876 by George and John Causey and Frank Lloyd, buffalo hunters. First permanent settlement in this region. In 1882 a cow camp was established at this point by Estes . . . Map (db m151360) HM
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7Texas, Lamb County, Earth — 5018 — Spring Lake
On U.S. 70, 0.1 miles west of County Highway 99, on the left when traveling west.
Indian camp and watering place extensively used in hunting buffalo. Became cattle territory in 1882 when Tom Lynch drove his herds from New Mexico. After acquisition by the Capitol Syndicate this became headquarters of largest division of the . . . Map (db m104434) HM
8Texas, Lamb County, Earth — 5021 — Springlake-Earth School(in 202-Square-Mile District)
On Farm to Market Road 302 at Farm to Market Road 2901, on the left when traveling north on Highway 302.
Opened 1908 as one-room school, Springlake became an independent district in 1924 when Halsell ranch land was sold to settlers and local population increased. Enlarged school opened 1925 in new $30,000 brick structure on site bought from J. F. . . . Map (db m104457) HM
9Texas, Lamb County, Fieldton — 3863 — One of the Trails of Col. Ranald S. MacKenzie
On FM 1072, on the left when traveling south.
Colonel Ranald S. Mackenzie (1840-89) of the United States Army was ordered in the 1870s to conquer Indians of Texas frontiers. He led 240 enlisted men and eight officers in an expedition along the draw here. Heading toward New Mexico, he hoped to . . . Map (db m151361) HM
10Texas, Lamb County, Littlefield — 997 — Comanchero Trail
On FM 54, on the right when traveling west.
One of several routes used by traders dealing with Indians, primarily Comanches (hence name). Weapons, whiskey and trade goods were swapped for stolen Texas cattle, horses and captives. Pursuit apparently begun in the 1760s, when Mexican hunters . . . Map (db m151356) HM
11Texas, Lamb County, Littlefield — 16065 — In Memory of George W. Littlefield
On West 6th Street, on the right when traveling east.
In Memory of George W. Littlefield, a pioneer plainsman, soldier and state benefactor. Founder and developer of Yellow House Ranch and the city of Littlefield. Born June 20, 1842. Died November 10, 1920.Map (db m151358) HM
12Texas, Lamb County, Littlefield — 4248 — Replica of XIT's Giant Windmill
On XIT Drive at Delano Avenue, on the right when traveling east on XIT Drive.
Yellowhouse Division of 3,050,000-acre XIT Ranch built (1887) a 132-foot windmill southwest of here. Set in a canyon, it had to be tall to catch breezes and pump water. It was known as the World's Tallest Windmill until it was toppled by winds in . . . Map (db m121963) HM
13Texas, Lamb County, Olton — 14413 — First Baptist Church of Olton
On Avenue M south of 5th Street, on the right when traveling south.
In 1903, the Rev. J.W. Winn, a missionary with the Staked Plains Missionary Baptist Association, led a meeting at a farmhouse northeast of what became Olton. That day, the first Missionary Baptist Church in Lamb County was organized. The members . . . Map (db m104459) HM
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14Texas, Lamb County, Olton — 14202 — Lamb County
On U.S. 70, 0.3 miles east of County Highway 311, on the right when traveling west.
. . . Map (db m167658) HM
15Texas, Lamb County, Olton — 3858 — Olton's Union Church Bell
On South Main Avenue south of 7th Street, on the left when traveling south.
When the Soash Land Company founded Olton in 1908, lots were provided for a school, church and bank. Residents of the new town erected a Union church for all denominations about 1909. Soon afterward, they purchased this 950-pound steel bell. Its . . . Map (db m104460) HM
16Texas, Lamb County, Olton — Quanah Parker TrailTexas Plains Trail Region
On Main Street near 7th Street, on the right when traveling north.
In 1877, Comanches hunting for bison skirmished with buffalo hunters and retreated to sand hills S of Olton Arrow sculptor: Charles A.SmithMap (db m151436) HM
17Texas, Lamb County, Olton — 4930 — Site of the First Lamb County Courthouse
On Main Avenue at 8th Street, on the left when traveling south on Main Avenue.
Created in 1876, Lamb County was unorganized until it could muster 21 qualified voters, 1908. Citizens donated labor for first 9-room frame courthouse, which served until it burned in 1922. First county officials were: Judge H. R. Miller; . . . Map (db m104521) HM
18Texas, Lamb County, Spring Lake — 3019 — Lamb County Sand Hills
On U.S. Highway 385.
A natural landmark, this chain of sand dunes extends for 130 miles and is three to five miles wide. Archeological findings show that the area was inhabited 6,000 years ago. Comanches camped in the sand hills because of wild game, vegetation, . . . Map (db m151959) HM
19Texas, Lamb County, Springlake — 5020 — Springlake Cemetery
On County Highway 189, 1.3 miles north of Farm to Market Road 2901, on the right when traveling north.
This burial ground served the original residents of Springlake Community. The area was opened for settlement in 1908 by the George C. Wright Land Company. It was named for the nearby Springlake Ranch. D. B. Shiplet donated the first two acres for . . . Map (db m104458) HM
20Texas, Lamb County, Sudan — 3832 — Old Watering Trough
On US 84, on the right when traveling east.
One of Sudan's oldest structures. Built 1916, when Santa Fe Railway terminus here shipped out cattle of early ranches. Here ranchers watered herds and horses, traded, told yarns, hired hands. Trough also served mule teams, after the farming era . . . Map (db m151355) HM
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21Texas, Lamb County, Sudan — 7 — Quanah Parker TrailTexas Plains Trail Region
On US 84 when traveling east.
Comanches used lush grassland in Sudan area as waypoint for trading horses & cattle with Comancheros Arrow sculptor: Charles A. SmithMap (db m167652) HM
 
 
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Feb. 6, 2023