Site of Epworth - Hale Center, Hale County, Texas
Address: 702 Main Street
Directions: 702 Main Street, Hale Center
Marker #: 5189004778
Year Dedicated: 1971
Size, type: 18" x 28" Subject
Last reported condition: Faded; Refinish
Site of Epworth - (1883 - 1892) First settlement in county. Established as a post office in 1884 by Horatio Graves of New York, a Methodist minister. Then only county resident, he planned to found religious colony here; named place for Epworth, England, birthplace of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. Graves carried the mail from Estacado; also sold supplies to settlers and XIT Ranch cowboys. In 1891 he moved his post office several miles and started New Epworth; but drouth caused site to be abandoned in 1893. The residents joined with those of Hale City to found Hale Center. 1971
Decimal degrees:  N 34.064413   W -101.844690
Degrees, minutes: N 34 03.865   W 0101 50.681
UTM: Zone 14, Easting 237457, Northing 3772950
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