“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers in Hale Center, Texas

Clickable Map of Hale County, Texas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Hale County, TX (43) Castro County, TX (13) Crosby County, TX (35) Floyd County, TX (20) Hockley County, TX (11) Lamb County, TX (21) Lubbock County, TX (100) Swisher County, TX (23)  HaleCounty(43) Hale County (43)  CastroCounty(13) Castro County (13)  CrosbyCounty(35) Crosby County (35)  FloydCounty(20) Floyd County (20)  HockleyCounty(11) Hockley County (11)  LambCounty(21) Lamb County (21)  LubbockCounty(100) Lubbock County (100)  SwisherCounty(23) Swisher County (23)
Plainview is the county seat for Hale County
Hale Center is in Hale County
      Hale County (43)  
      Castro County (13)  
      Crosby County (35)  
      Floyd County (20)  
      Hockley County (11)  
      Lamb County (21)  
      Lubbock County (100)  
      Swisher County (23)  
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1Texas (Hale County), Hale Center — 784 — Center Plains Community
Early settlers to Hale County referred to the territory west of Hale Center (9 mi. E) as the Center Plains community. A cemetery and a schoolhouse, established to serve the vast area, were located at this site on property donated by William S. . . . Map (db m152057) HM
2Texas (Hale County), Hale Center — 1637 — First Baptist Church of Hale Center
Organized religion in Hale County can be traced to 1883, when Methodist minister Horatio Graves and his family became the first permanent settlers of the area. Their home became a community gathering place, school, and Union church. A post office . . . Map (db m91325) HM
3Texas (Hale County), Hale Center — 2663 — J. Frank Norfleet(1865 - 1967)
Son of a rancher and Texas Ranger, J. Frank Norfleet was born in Lampasas County. With little schooling, he grew up working on ranches. He served as foreman for 20 years on the Spade Ranch. Norfleet married Mattie Eliza Hudgins . . . Map (db m91329) HM
4Texas (Hale County), Hale Center — 3597 — Nils Akeson(1866 - 1944)
In the late 1880s Swedish born Nils Akeson moved from Iowa to this sparsely populated area of north Texas. As an officer of the Hale County Townsite Company Nils helped establish the town of Hale Center. He worked for the famous XIT Ranch from 1893 . . . Map (db m91326) HM
5Texas (Hale County), Hale Center — 4179 — Ranching and Farming in Hale County
Pioneer ranchers began to settle Hale County in the early 1880s. Land was plentiful and cheap, but life was hard. Many settlers lived in dugouts. Supplies were freighted from Colorado City until the railroad reached Amarillo. Cattle roamed the free . . . Map (db m91324) HM
6Texas (Hale County), Hale Center — 4778 — Site of Epworth(1883 – 1892) — (1 ¼ miles southwest) —
First settlement in county. Established as a post office in 1884 by Horatio Graves of New York, a Methodist minister. Then only county resident, he planned to found religious colony here; named place for Epworth, England, birthplace of John Wesley, . . . Map (db m91328) HM
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7Texas (Hale County), Hale Center — 5431 — Stant Rhea Stage Stand(6 miles east, on private property)
Early settlers in this area kept in touch with the world by picking up their mail at railheads. Federal mail delivery to post offices began when W. L. Tharp took a route from the new railroad town of Amarillo to Plainview and Estacado in July and . . . Map (db m152058) HM
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Sep. 28, 2022