Site of Old Headquarters of the Hashknife Ranch

Site of Old Headquarters of the Hashknife Ranch (HM1H9X)

Location: Abilene, TX 79601 Taylor County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 28.439', W 99° 43.244'

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(On hill east of Cedar Creek)

In December 1880, H.C. Whithers of the Texas & Pacific Railroad met local men here to decide on a site for a cattle shipping center. Bypassing the county seat of Buffalo Gap, the railroad platted a new town named Abilene for the famous cattle town in Kansas. Cattlemen meeting with Whithers were Dallas Banker and Hashknife Ranch co-owner John W. Simpson, and Confederate colonels Claiborne W. (Clabe) and J.D. Merchant, twin brothers and ranchers who moved to Callahan County six years earlier. Brisk bidding ensued at a sale of city lots in March 1881. Abilene grew quickly and became a significant regional city of west Texas.
HM NumberHM1H9X
Marker Number2403
Year Placed2007
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 8:06pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 432274 N 3593203
Decimal Degrees32.47398333, -99.72073333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 28.439', W 99° 43.244'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 28' 26.34" N, 99° 43' 14.64" W
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Area Code(s)325
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 208 Hair St, Abilene TX 79601, US
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