Texas Landmarks - Crosby County

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Crosby County - TXGenWeb County Index

Crosby County, Texas - Index of Landmarks & Vanished Communities

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Feature Name

St

County Name

Type

Latitude
Longitude

Description

Submitters Name
E-mail address

Alfalfa Draw

TX

Crosby

valley

333736N
1010750W

 

USGS

Big Bull Tank

TX

Crosby

reservoir

333231N
1011250W

 

USGS

Blanco Canyon

TX

Crosby

valley

333957N
1010936W

 

USGS

Blue Hole

TX

Crosby

reservoir

333310N
1011035W

 

USGS

Blue Hole Creek

TX

Crosby

stream

333308N
1010848W

 

USGS

Bridwell Ranch

TX

Crosby

locale

334629N
1011524W

 

USGS

Broadway

TX

Crosby

pop place

334213N
1010420W

 

USGS

Bunker Hill

TX

Crosby

summit

333249N
1010237W

 

USGS

Camp Rio Blanco

TX

Crosby

locale

334054N
1011009W

 

USGS

Canyon Valley

TX

Crosby

pop place

332404N
1012005W

 

USGS

Cap Rock

TX

Crosby

locale

332929N
1012353W

 

USGS

Cedar Hill

TX

Crosby

cape

333226N
1010850W

 

USGS

Collett Springs

TX

Crosby

spring

333534N
1010739W

 

USGS

Cone

TX

Crosby

pop place

334750N
1012314W

 

USGS

Cone Airport

TX

Crosby

airport

334840N
1012346W

 

USGS

Cone Cemetery

TX

Crosby

cemetery

334750N
1012518W

 

USGS

Cottonwood Tank

TX

Crosby

reservoir

333154N
1010714W

 

USGS

Courthouse Mountain

TX

Crosby

summit

332605N
1012420W

 

USGS

Crawfish Creek

TX

Crosby

stream

334700N
1011337W

 

USGS

Crosby County

TX

Crosby

civil

333600N
1011800W

 

USGS

Crosbyton

TX

Crosby

pop place

333936N
1011415W

 

USGS

Crosbyton Cemetery

TX

Crosby

cemetery

333928N
1011236W

 

USGS

Crosbyton Municipal Airport

TX

Crosby

airport

333725N
1011427W

 

USGS

Davidson Creek

TX

Crosby

stream

332920N
1010555W

 

USGS

Davidson Tank

TX

Crosby

reservoir

333018N
1010915W

 

USGS

Dry Trap Windmill

TX

Crosby

locale

333301N
1011402W

 

USGS

East Herd Windmill

TX

Crosby

locale

333432N
1011314W

 

USGS

Estacado

TX

Crosby

pop place

334508N
1013341W

 

USGS

Fairview School

TX

Crosby

school

334425N
1011902W

 

USGS

Farmer

TX

Crosby

pop place

334700N
1012724W

 

USGS

Forbes Oil Field

TX

Crosby

oilfield

332420N
1012604W

 

USGS

Gannon Creek

TX

Crosby

stream

333831N
1010759W

 

USGS

Grape Creek

TX

Crosby

stream

333542N
1010732W

 

USGS

Ha-Ra Oil Field

TX

Crosby

oilfield

333239N
1013208W

 

USGS

Home Creek

TX

Crosby

stream

332623N
1010508W

 

USGS

Hornet Stadium

TX

Crosby

locale

334022N
1013150W

 

USGS

Indian Hill

TX

Crosby

summit

333709N
1010837W

 

USGS

Indian Ridge

TX

Crosby

ridge

332516N
1012429W

 

USGS

KCLR-AM (Ralls)

TX

Crosby

tower

334000N
1012244W

 

USGS

Kalgary

TX

Crosby

pop place

332432N
1010853W

 

USGS

Lions Park

TX

Crosby

park

334011N
1012312W

 

USGS

Lorenzo

TX

Crosby

pop place

334014N
1013205W

 

USGS

Lorenzo Cemetery

TX

Crosby

cemetery

334004N
1013337W

 

USGS

Lorenzo Cemetery

TX

Crosby

cemetery

334145N
1013208W

 

USGS

Meadow Windmill

TX

Crosby

locale

334636N
1011405W

 

USGS

Mount Blanco

TX

Crosby

pop place

334856N
1011134W

The community was named for a mesa and Blanco Canyon, each located nearby. A trail was first mapped through this part of Bexar Land District in 1872 by the 4th U. S. Cavalry under command of Col. Ranald S. Mackenzie. Early in 1877 Charles P. Tasker, whom J. Evetts Haley called "a young Philadelphia spendthrift," asked Fort Griffin businessman, Henry Clay [Hank] Smith (1836-1912), to recommend a site for a cattle ranch. Smith chose the site in Blanco Canyon that became Mount Blanco as the headquarters of Tasker's proposed ranch. Tasker gave the ranch the romantic name of Hacienda Glorieta. Sometime later in 1877 Smith arrived at Mount Blanco with a herd of 500 to 600 cattle to stock Tasker's ranch. A two-story stone ranch house was built with walls 22 inches thick. Stone blocks for its construction were taken from Blanco Canyon. Before the ranch was established, Tasker found himself strapped for cash. He and his coachman loaded up his hounds and departed, abandoning the ranch. Since Tasker had borrowed $11,000 from Smith, the businessman seized the ranch and house as payment. The Smith family moved to the ranch in November 1878 and became the first permanent Anglo settlers in the area that became Crosby County eight years later, on 11 September 1886. At Mount Blanco, Smith ran a small store, operated a small ranch of sheep and cattle, and experimented with different types of crops. A post office named Mount Blanco opened at the Smiths' rock house in 1879 with Elizabeth Boyle Smith, the wife of Smith, as postmaster. A public school was established sometime after the Smiths arrived with their six children. Smith was active in county government, serving as first tax collector and as a county commissioner. The family lived in the rock house until Smith died in the spring of 1912. By 1913 the one-room Blanco Canyon school was moved to a site 8 miles northeast of the rock house. In 1916 a new Mount Blanco school was constructed, serving also as a union church and community center. A Missionary Baptist church was formed in 1918. The post office closed in 1920. At the end of the 1940s, Mount Blanco began its decline when its school consolidated with Crosbyton, depriving the community of its main focus. In 1952 the rock house burned, leaving only its thick walls standing. Although a cotton gin was built in 1954 and continued operation at the end of the 1980s, the community lost its last focus in 1965 when the Baptists voted to disband. In the early years of its existence, the rock house became legendary as a lonely outpost that offered hospitality to all who traveled the only road that crossed the high plains. By the 1990s the site was known as the Hank Smith Memorial Park. By 1998 the Texas Almanac listed Mount Blanco as a populated place, but it gave no population figure. Sources: State Department of Highways and Public Transportation, General Highway Map of Crosby County, Texas, revised 01 October 1984; Mary L. Cox, "Mount Blanco, Texas," in The New Handbook of Texas, Vol. 4 (Austin: The Texas State Historical Assn., 1996), 863; William M. Pearce, "Smith, Henry Clay," in The New Handbook of Texas, Vol. 5 (Austin: TSHA, 1996), 1100; J. Evetts Haley, The XIT Ranch of Texas and the Early Days of the Llano Estacado, reprint edition (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1953), 44; Luke Gournay, Texas Boundaries: Evolution of the State's Counties (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1995), 90, 98; Charles Deaton, Texas Postal History Handbook (Houston: by author, 1980), 122; 1998-1999 Texas Almanac, 310.

USGS &
Julia Cauble Smith
cauble@apex2000.net

Negro Hill

TX

Crosby

summit

333059N
1010759W

 

USGS

North Windmill

TX

Crosby

locale

333553N
1010916W

 

USGS

Old Emma Cemetery

TX

Crosby

cemetery

333642N
1012441W

 

USGS

Owens

TX

Crosby

pop place

333330N
1012109W

 

USGS

Pansy Church

TX

Crosby

church

334214N
1010424W

 

USGS

Pete Creek

TX

Crosby

stream

333040N
1010433W

 

USGS

Plum Creek

TX

Crosby

stream

332639N
1012923W

 

USGS

Poe Hollow

TX

Crosby

valley

333015N
1010401W

 

USGS

Ralls

TX

Crosby

pop place

334027N
1012314W

 

USGS

Ralph Bunche School

TX

Crosby

school

334004N
1013243W

 

USGS

Robertson

TX

Crosby

pop place

333351N
1013048W

 

USGS

Rock Trail Tank

TX

Crosby

reservoir

333410N
1011148W

 

USGS

Sand Creek

TX

Crosby

stream

332753N
1010532W

 

USGS

Sand Rock Creek

TX

Crosby

stream

333615N
1010744W

 

USGS

Sand Rock Spring

TX

Crosby

spring

333941N
1010736W

 

USGS

Savage

TX

Crosby

pop place

333534N
1012557W

 

USGS

Shaw Tank

TX

Crosby

reservoir

333257N
1010254W

 

USGS

Silver Falls

TX

Crosby

falls

333958N
1010936W

 

USGS

Smith Tank

TX

Crosby

reservoir

332426N
1010418W

 

USGS

Spindle Top Windmill

TX

Crosby

locale

333603N
1011223W

 

USGS

Spring Creek

TX

Crosby

stream

332337N
1012659W

 

USGS

Turkey Creek

TX

Crosby

stream

332546N
1011350W

 

USGS

Turkey Draw

TX

Crosby

valley

332719N
1012922W

 

USGS

Twenty Foot Falls

TX

Crosby

falls

333944N
1010920W

 

USGS

V Ranch

TX

Crosby

locale

332409N
1013118W

 

USGS

Wake

TX

Crosby

pop place

334657N
1010539W

 

USGS

White River Dam

TX

Crosby

dam

332730N
1010459W

 

USGS

White River Reservoir

TX

Crosby

reservoir

332730N
1010459W

 

USGS

Wood Ranch

TX

Crosby

locale

332456N
1013053W

 

USGS

Yankee Creek

TX

Crosby

stream

332959N
1010855W

 

USGS

Yellow House Canyon

TX

Crosby

valley

332710N
1013210W

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11 May 2007