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Historical Markers in Oldham County, Texas

 
Clickable Map of Oldham 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 Oldham County, TX (18) Deaf Smith County, TX (19) Hartley County, TX (7) Moore County, TX (11) Potter County, TX (75) Randall County, TX (54) Quay County, NM (15)  OldhamCounty(18) Oldham County (18)  DeafSmithCounty(19) Deaf Smith County (19)  HartleyCounty(7) Hartley County (7)  MooreCounty(11) Moore County (11)  PotterCounty(75) Potter County (75)  RandallCounty(54) Randall County (54)  QuayCountyNew Mexico(15) Quay County (15)
Vega is the county seat for Oldham County
Adjacent to Oldham County, Texas
      Deaf Smith County (19)  
      Hartley County (7)  
      Moore County (11)  
      Potter County (75)  
      Randall County (54)  
      Quay County, New Mexico (15)  
 
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1 Texas, Oldham County, Adrian — Midpoint Cafe and Gift Shop, Adrian, TexasRoute 66 Roadside Attraction
Located at the exact geo-mathematical center of Route 66, the café is one of the oldest eateries on the highway. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site worth seeingMap (db m183503) HM
2 Texas, Oldham County, Adrian — National Old Trails RoadNew York to Los Angeles
The above signs are replicas of originals that were installed in 1914 by the AAA clubs on the National Old Trails Road, today known as U.S. Route 66.Map (db m194959) HM
3 Texas, Oldham County, Boys Ranch — 454 — Boot Hill Cemetery
Along with law-abiding and God-fearing men and women were buried here, often without benefit of clergy, men who "died with their boots on". The name was borrowed from a cemetery in Dodge City, Kansas, while it was a resort of buffalo hunters and . . . Map (db m91783) HM
4 Texas, Oldham County, Boys Ranch — Cal Farley's Boys Ranch
Founded in 1939 by Cal Farley, champion athlete and successful businessman. Boys Ranch was a natural result of Mr. Farley's years of working with underprivileged boys, and the outgrowth of Kids, Inc. and the Maverick Boys Club, two excellent youth . . . Map (db m91773) HM
5 Texas, Oldham County, Boys Ranch — 3822 — Old Tascosa
Old Tascosa, cowboy capital of the plains, lay one-half mile northeast. In its brief span it became the center of the open-range world. Stomping ground for some of the West's most notorious bad men and focal point for cattle thieves and ranchmen. . . . Map (db m91776) HM
6 Texas, Oldham County, Boys Ranch — 3845 — Oldham County
Formed from Young and Bexar Territories Created August 21, 1876 Organized January 12, 1881 Named in honor of Williamson Simpson Oldham 1813-1868 Arkansas lawyer and jurist member of the Confederate Senate from Texas County seat, . . . Map (db m91774) HM
7 Texas, Oldham County, Boys Ranch — 23 — Quanah Parker TrailTexas Plains Trail Region
1786-1874 Comanches met Comancheros at Atascosa Creek to feast, gamble, race horses & exchange trade goods. Arrow sculptor: Charles A. SmithMap (db m167224) HM
8 Texas, Oldham County, Boys Ranch — 5199 — Tascosa
Cowboy capital of the Texas Panhandle, 1877-1888. "Billy the Kid" and cowboys from many ranches added to its liveliness. Made famous by wild west fiction. Its name is a corruption of Atascoso (boggy) first given to nearby creek. County seat of . . . Map (db m91784) HM
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9 Texas, Oldham County, Boys Ranch — 5201 — Tascosa Courthouse, 1884
Served 12 counties in Panhandle. Site of trials for killings that had filled Boothill Cemetery. Until 1915 Oldham County seat. Many years headquarters, Julian Bivins Ranch. Birthplace of Cal Farley's Boys Ranch, 1939. Recorded Texas . . . Map (db m91785) HM
10 Texas, Oldham County, Boys Ranch — 5352 — The Historic LS(Headquarters 3 miles southeast)
Great early ranch well known to badman Billy the Kid and other famed western characters. The LS was founded in 1870's by former Indian territory trader W. M. D. Lee and New York financier Lucien Scott. Through Lee's efforts, the LS had water and . . . Map (db m91775) HM
11 Texas, Oldham County, Vega — 2518 — Doctor Oscar H. Loyd(1868-1959) — Home County of —
Oldham County's first physician. A civic leader, weather researcher and humanitarian. Born in Kansas, he attended medical school in Missouri, and in 1907 moved to Vega with his wife, Lulu Mills Loyd. Despite opposition from ranchers, he . . . Map (db m91756) HM
12 Texas, Oldham County, Vega — Dot's Mini Museum, Vega, TexasRoute 66 Roadside Attraction
A collection dedicated to the Mother Road, the museum houses items from Vega Zero Lockers. Established in 1944 at the "crossroads of the nation" on Route 66. Recognized by Hampton Hotels Save-A-Landmark program as a site worth . . . Map (db m183506) HM
13 Texas, Oldham County, Vega — 2016 — Fort Smith-Santa Fe Trail
What came to be known as the Fort Smith - Santa Fe Trail was first blazed in 1840 by Josiah Gregg, a trader seeking a route to Santa Fe along the south side of the Canadian River. In 1849, Gregg's route was closely followed by a military escort led . . . Map (db m91758) HM
14 Texas, Oldham County, Vega — Oldham County Courthouse, Vega, TexasRoute 66 Roadside Attraction
. . . Map (db m183505) HM
15 Texas, Oldham County, Vega — 71 — Quanah Parker Trail
Comanches camped at playa lakes here traveling trail N to Tascosa & E/W to Tecovas Springs & Tucumcari Arrow Sculptor: Charles A. SmithMap (db m155109) HM
16 Texas, Oldham County, Vega — 1088 — Senator W. S. Oldham1813-1868 — County Named for Texas Confederate —
Legislator, judge, newspaperman. Came to Texas from Arkansas. Member 1861 Texas Secession Convention. Chosen delegate to provisional Confederate Congress, Montgomery, Ala. Sent Arkansas to work for secession by Jefferson Davis 1861. Texas . . . Map (db m91755) HM
17 Texas, Oldham County, Vega — 4861 — Site of Old Tascosa(23 miles N.E.)
Contains one of the famous Boot Hill cemeteries of wild west days and was the gathering place for pleasure-seeking cowboys, gamblers and "bad men" of the Panhandle in the 1870s and '80s. Outlaws such as Billy the Kid and lawmen like Pat Garrett and . . . Map (db m91757) HM
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18 Texas, Oldham County, Vega — The Mother Road of Historic Route 66
The Mother Road of Route 66 ran north from I-40 on First Street then west on Main across Vega. A number of abandoned concrete bridges are the only readily visible signs of the old route across the Texas panhandle.Map (db m185111) HM
 
 
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Mar. 4, 2024