Near site of Baker Ranch School

Near site of Baker Ranch School (HM1MAR)

Location: Gardendale, TX 79758 Ector County
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N 32° 1.264', W 102° 25.737'

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Since there were no public schools in rural Ector County, R.W. Smith and Teague Baker in 1906 erected an 8'x10' school building in Baker's pasture. They hired a teacher at $15 a month, plus room and board, which each furnished on alternate months.
Ranch schools like this one taught not only children of ranchers, but also those of cowboys and nesters—small farmers coming west to homestead or to by land at nominal prices.
Baker community later had a public school. Till the Permian Basin had good roads and buses, ranch schools served it well.
Marker Number280
Year Placed1965
Placed ByState Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 at 10:06am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 742829 N 3545660
Decimal Degrees32.02106667, -102.42895000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 1.264', W 102° 25.737'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 1' 15.84" N, 102° 25' 44.22" 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 US-385, Gardendale TX 79758, US
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