Walter Prescott Webb's Formative Years

Walter Prescott Webb's Formative Years (HM2E9S)

Location: Breckenridge, TX 76424 Stephens County
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N 32° 45.335', W 98° 54.273'

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Noted historian Walter Prescott Webb (1888-1963) came with his family to Stephens County at the age of four. Over the next seventeen years, Webb received an education in frontier life that formed the basis of his intellectual development and his theories on the role of the Great Plains in American History.
Webb's father, Casner, was a rural schoolteacher and farmer. As he moved to different teaching assignments, the family moved with him. W. P. Webb thus was exposed to the physical geographical variety within the county that was so important to his western thesis. His neighbors were prime sources of frontier lore.

Although Webb's public school experience were infrequent. It was during these formative years in Stephens County that he developed his love of books and his desire to attend college. Also during this time, Webb was contacted by William Hinds of New York, who was to become his benefactor and a great source of encouragement for the young scholar.

In 1906 Walter P. Webb received his teaching certificate and spent the next three years as a rural educator. In 1909, at the age of 21, Webb left his home in Stephens County to pursue his college education at the University of Texas in Austin.
HM NumberHM2E9S
Year Placed1985
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Monday, February 11th, 2019 at 10:04pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 508941 N 3624195
Decimal Degrees32.75558333, -98.90455000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 45.335', W 98° 54.273'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 45' 20.1" N, 98° 54' 16.38" W
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Area Code(s)254, 940
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200 W Walker St, Breckenridge TX 76424, US
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