Hackberry Groves - Plainview, Hale County, Texas
Address: FM 400 at 2nd Street, in city park
Directions: 2nd Street and FM 400, City Park, Plainview
Marker #: 5189002327
Year Dedicated: 1972
Size, type: 27" x 42"
Last reported condition: Faded; Refinish
Hackberry Groves - At this site in early days stood the South Plains' most significant trees-- twin hackberry groves, on 1870s trail used by buffalo hunters, surveyors, law officers, and early settlers. On public domain, this site was unappropriated until mid-1880s when Zachary Taylor Maxwell (1848-1935), a sheep rancher, staked a quarter section claim here. Former Arkansas legislator Edwin L. Lowe, his friend, claimed adjacent 160 acres. They had surveyor R. P. Smyth plat public square half from Maxwell's land, half from Lowe's. Ranchers scoffed; one said he would eat everything ever built here. But claims were staked by others, including families of J. H. Bryan, J. C. Burch, J. M. Carter, Horace Griffin, Thornton Jones, Hugh McClelland, C. W. Marsalis, John Pendley, Poliet Smith, and J. W. Smylie. Jones opened a store. Lowe named town and became first postmaster on March 18, 1887. When Hale County was organized in 1888, Plainview fulfilled dreams of its founders by becoming county seat. Lowe died July 13, 1889; Maxwell moved away, 1892. Pioneers continued to arrive, see the green trees and rich land, and settle nearby. Other men led city to obtain railroad and highway connections, develop trade and commerce and build enduring institutions. 1972
Decimal degrees:  N 34.180245   W -101.698118
Degrees, minutes: N 34 10.815   W 0101 41.887
UTM: Zone 14, Easting 251328, Northing 3785432
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