(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.
|Placed By||Texas Historical Commission|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 9:43am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||14S E 431964 N 3591356|
|Decimal Degrees||32.45730000, -99.72390000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 32° 27.438', W 99° 43.434'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||32° 27' 26.28" N, 99° 43' 26.04" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 801 Cottonwood St, Abilene TX 79601, US|
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