Eastland

Eastland (HM1ZJT)

Location: Eastland, TX 76448 Eastland County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 24.07', W 98° 49.097'

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County seat, Eastland County. Named for William M. Eastland—Texas War for Independence hero who was in Mier Expedition against Mexico, and was executed in "Black Bean" lottery at Rancho Salado in 1842.

Most noted early local people were Comanches, who resisted occupation of area by white settlers. The last recorded Indian raid in county was in 1874.

Eastland was named county seat in an election on Aug. 2, 1875. With 250 people it was incorporated on June 6, 1891, and W.Q. Connellee was elected mayor.

After a discovery in 1917, one of the fabled oil booms of Texas occurred nearby, with Eastland center for legal matters. With oil priced $2.60 a barrel, many wells flowed at 10,000 barrels a day. The city quickly grew to 25,000 people; 5 banks prospered.

Coming here to seek "black gold" were celebrities, including evangelist Billy Sunday, circus owner John Ringling, sports figures Jess Willard, Tex Rickard.

An international wonder-story happened here: the old courthouse cornerstone was opened (on this site) in 1928 to reveal survival of "Old Rip", a horned toad placed there with other mementoes on July 19, 1897.

Continuing oil production, agricultural processing and clay products bolster the present economy.
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HM NumberHM1ZJT
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Year Placed1968
Placed ByThe State Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, July 9th, 2017 at 3:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 517088 N 3584917
Decimal Degrees32.40116667, -98.81828333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 24.07', W 98° 49.097'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 24' 4.2" N, 98° 49' 5.82" W
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Area Code(s)254, 817
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 165-199 Hwy 6, Eastland TX 76448, US
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