Great Spanish Road / First Ranch in Potter County / First Store in Potter County

Great Spanish Road / First Ranch in Potter County / First Store in Potter County (HM1ZCD)

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N 35° 28.553', W 101° 52.983'

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Great Spanish Road

Near course of the Canadian River, early as days of the American Revolution, men from Santa Fe went past this spot on trips to meet traders from San Augustine, Nacogdoches, and other Spanish towns of East Texas. In 1786, Pedro Vial was commissioned by the Spanish Governor at Santa Fe to establish this route, and secure direct connection from Santa Fe to San Antonio, Texas, with access to East Texas towns. The Great Spanish Road served well colonial Texas and foreshadowed 20th Century usage of the route for a segment of a great intercontinental highway.

First Ranch in Potter County

Established 1877 at point 1½ miles east of this site, by Bates and Beals, northern investors. Ran the LX Brand, and once had a cowboy named Will Rogers—later internationally famous as a humorist.

First store in Potter County

Opened 1878 a few hundred feet west of this marker, by William Pitcher, whose name was given to nearby creek, and who figured in a desperate robbery from which LX cowhands rescued him.
Year Placed1965
Placed ByThe State Historical Survey Committee
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Date Added Sunday, July 2nd, 2017 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)31N E 166021 N 0
Decimal Degrees35.47588333, -101.88305000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 28.553', W 101° 52.983'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 28' 33.18" N, 101° 52' 58.98" W
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 24 US-287, TX , US
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