James Harrison Parramore

James Harrison Parramore (HM1MDW)

Location: Abilene, TX 79601 Taylor County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 27.384', W 99° 44.319'

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(August 13, 1840 - July 4, 1917)

Born in Georgia to Rebecca (Norwood) and William W. Parramore, James Harrison Parramore moved with his family to Gonzales County in 1849. James attended Gonzales College before joining the Confederate army. He married Mary Jane Goodson in 1866; they began their life together farming 100 acres of land near Gonzales.
     Parramore formed a partnership with his brother-in-law, Hugh Lewis, that launched their careers as prominent Southwestern ranchers. After several years in Runnels County, Parramore bought ten acres west of Hickory Street in Abilene for his large family in 1881.
     The San Simon Cattle and Canal Company was organized in 1883 by Parramore, Lewis, and Claiborne W. Merchant. The company stocked its vast Arizona and New Mexico ranches with Texas Longhorns for twenty years.
     J.H. Parramore was active in local, state, and national organizations for cattlemen. A member of the Board of Trustees of Simmons College, he donated $10,000 for a dormitory named Mary-Frances Hall. The home that J.H. Parramore shared with his wife and ten children was located at 810 Orange Street in the area later developed by his heirs as the Parramore Addition. A Victorian mansion with French Second Empire details, the home was dismantled in 1960.
Marker Number12223
Year Placed1998
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Thursday, July 30th, 2015 at 10:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 430577 N 3591266
Decimal Degrees32.45640000, -99.73865000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 27.384', W 99° 44.319'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 27' 23.04" N, 99° 44' 19.14" W
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Area Code(s)325
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 704 Beech St, Abilene TX 79601, US
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