Emerald Townsite

Emerald Townsite (HM27OF)

Location: Ozona, TX 76943 Crockett County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 41.953', W 101° 5.49'

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The first platted town in Crockett County, Emerald was founded in 1889 by Fort Worth & Rio Grande Railway Immigration Agent T. W. Wilkinson. It was to be an agricultural shipping point on a planned extension of the F.W. & R.G. Publicized from Maine to Minnesota for mild climate and fertile land, it acquired a post office on April 8, 1890. Mail came from San Angelo via Knickerbocker (50 miles northeast). Charles Hatch and E. C. Moore were successive postmasters.

In August 1890 the town was in the path of a prairie fire. Although valiant work turned the fire, it was visible for two nights before and two nights after it circled the town. Also in 1890, the county's first school session was held in a tent in Emerald by Mrs. John Noyes. After a frame schoolhouse was built, Mrs. John Ketchpaw taught there. Miss Ada Williams taught the last school term in the spring of 1893.

Confident it would be the county seat, Emerald nevertheless lost in the election of 1891 to the E. M. Powell water well site (now Ozona). Wilkinson protested, to no avail. After the residents began to move to the Powell Well, Emerald Post Office closed on December 7, 1891. The townsite thus became one of the many colonization failures in West Texas.
HM NumberHM27OF
Year Placed1978
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1471.)
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 at 1:04pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 299687 N 3398135
Decimal Degrees30.69921667, -101.09150000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 41.953', W 101° 5.49'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 41' 57.18" N, 101° 5' 29.4" W
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Area Code(s)325, 432
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Co Rd 108, Ozona TX 76943, US
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