City of Albany

City of Albany (HM1RS8)

Location: Albany, TX 76430 Shackelford County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 43.516', W 99° 17.851'

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Chosen county seat of Shackelford in 1874, Albany had a 43-acre townsite donated by Sheriff Henry C. Jacobs. County Clerk W.R. Cruger named city for his old home, Albany, Ga. A wooden picket courthouse was erected. The post office opened Aug. 1, 1876. By late 1877 there were 16 buildings—homes, hotels, saloons, a blacksmith shop. Merchants were T.E. Jackson and firm of Woody & Hatcher. Physicians W.T. Baird and W.M. Powell and Lawyer A.A. Clarke located here. D.H. Meyer and Edgar Rye began (1879) publishing "The Albany Tomahawk". Already on the Western Cattle Trail, city expanded as a frontier shipping point when Houston & Texas Central Railroad built a terminus here in 1881.
     By 1882 a church building had been erected. Music lovers organized a cornet band. In 1883 an opera hall opened, and a permanent courthouse of native stone was built. Succeeding D.R. Britt as the school principal, W.S. Dalrymple founded an adult study club, "The Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle".
     Albany had an academy, and then a college in 1898-1915. Local activities include ranching, petroleum production, small farming, and annual staging of the historical drama, "The Fort Griffin Fandangle".
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HM NumberHM1RS8
Marker Number879
Year Placed1975
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 472121 N 3620869
Decimal Degrees32.72526667, -99.29751667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 43.516', W 99° 17.851'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 43' 30.96" N, 99° 17' 51.06" W
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Area Code(s)325
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 117 S Main St, Albany TX 76430, US
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