Site of Homestead of William C. Sublett

Site of Homestead of William C. Sublett (HM29NE)

Location: Odessa, TX 79761 Ector County
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N 31° 51.436', W 102° 20.655'

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Born 1835 in Alabama. Moved to north Texas before the Civil War, in which he served as a Confederate.

After his wife died in 1874, he went to the Texas frontier to hunt Buffalo, taking his three young children with him. In 1881-1882 he supplied game to Texas & Pacific Railroad construction crews. (such hunting was important to development of west Texas and to transcontinental railroad construction).

Settling later in Odessa, Sublett built near this site a dugout-and-tent home, and homesteaded a 160 acre claim. To support his family, he hauled wood and "water-witched" to locate wells for settlers.

In the 1880's he attracted notice by using gold nuggets to trade for supplies. In explanation, he said an Apache Indian had directed him to a mine in the Guadalupe Mountains, about 150 miles west of here. Periodically he disappeared and returned with gold, but efforts to follow him to the mine always failed. He once took his young son there, but the boy could not find the way later. In 1889, Sublett sold his Ector County property. He died Jan. 6, 1892, in Barstow, without disclosing the location of his mine. However, stories of his treasure still lure explorers into the Guadalupe Mountains.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1967
HM NumberHM29NE
Year Placed1967
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, July 22nd, 2018 at 1:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13R E 751277 N 3527690
Decimal Degrees31.85726667, -102.34425000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 51.436', W 102° 20.655'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 51' 26.16" N, 102° 20' 39.3" W
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Area Code(s)432
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 220 N Grandview Ave, Odessa TX 79761, US
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