Site of Leatherwood School

Site of Leatherwood School (HM1Z85)

Location: Crosbyton, TX 79322 Crosby County
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N 33° 41.032', W 101° 3.797'

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This area of Crosby County was settled in 1898 by the family and relatives of M. G. Leatherwood. As other families began to arrive, the need for a nearby school became apparent. As a result, the Leatherwood Common School District was created in 1912.
The first classes, held in the spring of 1913 in a one-room schoolhouse on land donated by M. G. Leatherwood, were taught by Ellsworth Ham. The location of the school was changed twice before it was moved to this site at the eastern edge of the county.
At the height of its growth, Leatherwood School employed three teachers who taught 36 students in a three-room schoolhouse. In 1935 the Zumalt School District consolidated with Leatherwood, but by 1945 only elementary students were being taught here. The final classes at Leatherwood were held in 1949, when the area was made part of the Crosbyton School District.
Leatherwood was typical of many early Texas rural schools in that its longevity was influenced by the migration from farms to the city. Although rural schools were closed as farm populations decreased and improved roads and transportation made the cities more accessible, their histories play an important part in the heritage of public education in Texas.
HM NumberHM1Z85
Year Placed1983
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4822.)
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 at 6:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 308741 N 3729015
Decimal Degrees33.68386667, -101.06328333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 41.032', W 101° 3.797'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 41' 1.92" N, 101° 3' 47.82" W
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Area Code(s)806
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near US-82, Crosbyton TX 79322, US
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