Ochiltree Townsite

Ochiltree Townsite (HM1RGT)

Location: Perryton, TX 79070 Ochiltree County
Country: United States of America

N 36° 16.854', W 100° 48.682'

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This county was created in 1876 and named for noted Texas jurist William Beck Ochiltree (1811-1867). In 1876 it was attached for judicial purposes to Clay and later to Wheeler County. In 1886 pioneers began to settle in dugouts here on the prairies near Wolf Creek, saying they lived "in Ochiltree." For convenience in making land and tax transactions, and establishing law and order, they organized the county in 1889, making their village the county seat. First elected officials were William J. Todd, county judge; Dave C. Kettell, sheriff and tax collector; George M. Perry, county clerk; Myrtle L. Daily, treasurer. In 1891 a 2-story courthouse was built (100 yds E) of lumber freighted from Dodge City, Kans. This also served as church, schoolhouse, and social hall for the town. By 1903, Ochiltree had 600 people, churches, a high school, a newspaper, bank, flour mill, and other facilities.
In 1919, the Santa Fe Railway founded a new town between Ochiltree and Gray, Okla., and induced people from both places to relocate by offering free lots. In 1919 steam engines and heavy equipment hauled the improvements from Ochiltree to the new site (8 mi. N), called Perryton, in honor of veteran county official George M. Perry.
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HM NumberHM1RGT
Marker Number3663
Year Placed1967
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, April 4th, 2016 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 337318 N 4016627
Decimal Degrees36.28090000, -100.81136667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 16.854', W 100° 48.682'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 16' 51.24" N, 100° 48' 40.92" W
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Area Code(s)806
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near TX-70, Perryton TX 79070, US
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