Knickerbocker (HM26OR)

Location: San Angelo, TX 76904 Tom Green County
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N 31° 16.192', W 100° 37.416'

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Attracted by irrigable land and the available water supply in Dove Creek, farmers, sheepmen, and cattlemen came to this area in the 1870s. First to arrive were the Baze brothers, who dug an irrigation ditch in 1875 to grow melons and hay for nearby Fort Concho. Others soon followed, including cattleman Joseph Schmidt, cotton farmer S.D. Arthur, and the Ryan, Martinez, Jaques, Villareal, Soto, Byler, Atkins, Beck, Duncan, Foster, and Etheridge families. In 1877 New Yorkers Morgan and Lawrence Grinnell, Joseph Tweedy, and J.B. Reynolds drove their sheep into the valley. They named their ranch headquarters after Washington Irving's character Diedrich Knickerbocker.

The Knickerbocker post office was established in 1881. In 1889 the town was moved to a location just south of the original site in order to tap a new water supply. By 1890 the settlement had stores, hotels, saloons, blacksmith shops, two churches, and two schools.

As was typical of many West Texas rural areas, Knickerbocker declined with the advent of the automobile and improved road systems. Farmers left to find work in San Angelo (18 mi. NE). The settlers of Knickerbocker, however, left a rich heritage. Many of their descendants still live in the area.
HM NumberHM26OR
Year Placed1983
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2963.)
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, April 9th, 2018 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 345429 N 3460647
Decimal Degrees31.26986667, -100.62360000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 16.192', W 100° 37.416'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 16' 11.52" N, 100° 37' 24.96" W
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Area Code(s)325
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 14400-14416 S Farm to Market Rd 2335, San Angelo TX 76904, US
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