The Texas Livery Stable

The Texas Livery Stable (HM292I)

Location: Cooper, TX 75432 Delta County
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N 33° 22.437', W 95° 41.383'

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Had animal-drawn vehicles and saddle horses for hire. Served doctors on calls; people arriving on or meeting trains; lawyers attending court;"drummers" (salesmen) on local rounds; land seekers; hunters and fishermen; young men courting; ladies out visiting.

Usually housed in a good frame or brick building; stalls, harness rooms, office might cover a block. Pasture was nearby. Boarded teams of businessmen and townspeople. Provided hearses, funeral carriages.

Stable was town's "club"—for men trading, meeting visitors, getting news. After school, used boys for deliveries; they took along horses to ride back to barn. They painted, polished carriages; groomed, fed horses. Tramps cleaned stables, slept in hay. Manager often "doctored" animals, sometimes was an undertaker.

Fine saddle horses and rigs stood out front, for show — top buggies, with storm curtains; plush-lined hacks; Studebaker dray wagons. Rent: $3 to $5 a day.

On this courthouse site (until 1912) was Blackwell Livery Stable. To the east (1880 - 1914) Nidever Livery Stable kept city fire engine team at its front. In minutes after an alarm, had fire wagon on its way.

A centuries-old institution, the livery stable vanished about 1915. No true successor replaced it. Early travel, communication and transportation series.
HM NumberHM292I
Year Placed1966
Placed ByThe Moody Foundation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, July 4th, 2018 at 10:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 249766 N 3695976
Decimal Degrees33.37395000, -95.68971667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 22.437', W 95° 41.383'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 22' 26.22" N, 95° 41' 22.98" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)903
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1 NW 2nd St, Cooper TX 75432, US
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