Town of Cummins

Town of Cummins (HM2CJI)

Location: Sterling City, TX 76951 Sterling County
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N 31° 50.446', W 101° 1.144'

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The pioneer settlement of Cummins developed at this site about 1890 around the saddle and harness shop of the earliest permanent settler, Mississippi native Robert Benjamin Cummins (b. 1848). A post office opened here in 1890 with J. H. Kellis as Postmaster. The following year the nearby town of Sterling City (1.9 mi. e) was founded.

The two towns became rivals for the designation of county seat when the Texas Legislature created Sterling County from Tom Green County on March 4, 1891. An intense publicity campaign developed, aided by the writings of the respective town newspaper editors: W. L. Thurman of the Cummins paper, the "North Concho News," and S. R. Ezzell of the "Sterling Courier". An election, conducted May 20, 1891, appeared to be a victory for Cummins until several voting boxes were dismissed for technical reasons, resulting in a tie. A second election on July 7 gave Sterling City a 13-vote margin and it was named the county seat.

Most Cummins businesses and residents had moved to Sterling City by the end of 1891. Nothing remains of the early townsite, which once included a school, saloon, meat market, mercantile, blacksmith shop, and grocery stores.
Year Placed1981
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Sunday, October 21st, 2018 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 308941 N 3524562
Decimal Degrees31.84076667, -101.01906667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 31° 50.446', W 101° 1.144'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds31° 50' 26.76" N, 101° 1' 8.64" W
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Area Code(s)325
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Hunt Rd, Sterling City TX 76951, US
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