Early Settlers

Early Settlers (HM15PI)

Location: Andrews, TX 79714 Andrews County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 19.028', W 102° 33.278'

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of Andrews County

One of last frontiers of Texas. Anglo settlement here lagged 60 years behind rest of state due to Indians and scarcity of water.

In 1886 O.B. Holt became first man to file for county land. First settlers included the Cowden brothers and Peter Von Holebeke.

In 1900 county had 87 people; it was finally organized in 1910. With windmill pumps and drift fences, ranching became feasible, although soil was so dry that a grazing cow crashed through a dugout roof into a bed one day.

In 1930 the discovery of oil brought wealth and rewarded the tenacity of first pioneers.
HM NumberHM15PI
Marker Number1350
Year Placed1970
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 8:34pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 730209 N 3578215
Decimal Degrees32.31713333, -102.55463333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 19.028', W 102° 33.278'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 19' 1.68" N, 102° 33' 16.68" W
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Area Code(s)432
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 700 W Broadway St, Andrews TX 79714, US
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