Bishop (HM27Z8)

Location: Bishop, TX 78343 Nueces County
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N 27° 35.113', W 97° 48.013'

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The town of Bishop was established in 1910 by F.Z. Bishop on land he had purchased from the Driscoll Ranch. The townsite was staked on both sides of the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico railroad line.

F.Z. Bishop, who dreamed of building a model town on the prairie, managed construction of the town. Bishop planned the townsite and designed the business district to have a uniform appearance with brick facades. He began construction of an electric plant and water system, planted 600 palm trees along the streets, and laid three miles of sidewalks in town. A 40-acre city park with a lake, band pavilion and deer park were underway. A frame schoolhouse was built, and opened in September 1910.
The town grew quickly and within two years the population had grown to 1,000. The town was incorporated in April 1912; R.R. Hall, business manager for F.Z. Bishop, was elected first mayor. Churches were built. A two story brick school with a raised basement replaced the first school.

Although F.Z. Bishop declared bankruptcy in 1916, the town continued to grow and prosper. Oil and gas discoveries in the 1940's caused petroleum-related industries to supplant agriculture as the chief economic base. F.Z. Bishop was buried in Bishop in 1950.
HM NumberHM27Z8
Year Placed1996
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, May 31st, 2018 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 618419 N 3051830
Decimal Degrees27.58521667, -97.80021667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 27° 35.113', W 97° 48.013'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds27° 35' 6.78" N, 97° 48' 0.77999999999989" W
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Area Code(s)361
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near US-77 BUS, Bishop TX 78343, US
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