Claiborne Walker Merchant

Claiborne Walker Merchant (HM1HA0)

Location: Abilene, TX 79601 Taylor County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 27.438', W 99° 43.434'

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(August 31, 1836 - March 9, 1926)

Claiborne W. Merchant and his twin, John, were born in Nagodoches. "Clabe" married Frances Bell in 1856. He served in the Confederate army and later became a cattle rancher. Merchant established his first ranch in 1874 in Callahan County and began acquiring land in neighboring Taylor County prior to the arrival of the railroad in 1881. When Abilene was established, Merchant, a city founder, named the new town after Abilene, Kansas. For many years he contributed his time and money to the development of Abilene. He is lauded as a respected benefactor and beloved citizen.
HM NumberHM1HA0
Marker Number12220
Year Placed1999
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 9:43am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 431964 N 3591356
Decimal Degrees32.45730000, -99.72390000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 27.438', W 99° 43.434'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 27' 26.28" N, 99° 43' 26.04" W
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Area Code(s)325
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 801 Cottonwood St, Abilene TX 79601, US
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