Roadside Park on Hamblen Drive

Roadside Park on Hamblen Drive (HMFWC)

Location: Claude, TX 79019 Armstrong County
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N 34° 47.899', W 101° 26.16'

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Named for Will H. Hamblen (1878 - 1952), who in 1890's pioneered a crude road (about 6 mi. N) into Palo Duro Canyon along old Indian trails. This cut 120 mi off the settlers' trips to courthouse in Claude, but was steep and dangerous.

Hamblen and his wife Ada (1883 - 1955) ranched near Wayside after 1905. He worked unceasingly to get a passable road through Palo Duro. Elected county commissioner in 1928, he at last had a graded road built. By decision of the commissioners' court, road was dedicated in 1930 as Hamblen Drive. With its paving in 1954, a dream of a lifetime was realized.
Year Placed1968
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
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Date Added Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 6:00am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 277143 N 3853382
Decimal Degrees34.79831667, -101.43600000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 47.899', W 101° 26.16'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 47' 53.94" N, 101° 26' 9.60" W
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Area Code(s)806
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1604 Unnamed Road, Claude TX 79019, US
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