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Ochiltree, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 36° 16.853 W 100° 48.694
14S E 337300 N 4016625
Quick Description: Town picked up and moved, buildings and all
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 9/15/2014 4:58:58 AM
Waymark Code: WMMFZV
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
Views: 1

Long Description:

Marker Erected by: Texas Historical Commission
Date Marker Erected: 1976
County of Marker: Ochiltree County
Location of Marker: TX-70, 8 miles S. of Perryton

Marker text:

OCHILTREE TOWNSITE
Bordering This Highway
This county was created in 1876 and named for noted Texas Jurist William Beck Ochiltree (1811-1867). In 1876 it was attached for judicial purposes to Clay and later to Wheeler County. In 1886 pioneers began to settle in dugouts here on the prairies near Wolf Creek, saying they lived "in Ochiltree." For convenience in making land and tax transactions, and establishing law and order, they organized the county in 1889, making their village the county seat. First elected officials were William J. Todd, County Judge; Dave C. Kettell, Sheriff and tax collector; George M. Perry, county clerk; Myrtle L. Daily, treasurer. In 1891 a 2-story courthouse was built (100 yds. E.) of lumber freighted from Dodge City, Kansas. This also served as church, schoolhouse, and social hall for the town. By 1903, Ochiltree had 600 people, churches, a high school, a newspaper, bank, flour mill, and other facilities.

In 1919, the Santa Fe Railway founded a new town between Ochiltree and Gray, Okla., and induced people from both places to relocate by offering free lots. In 1919 steam engines and heavy equipment hauled the improvements from Ochiltree to the new site (8 mi. N), called Perrytown, in honor of veteran county official George M. Perry."

Reason for Abandonment: Economic

Date Abandoned: 1/1/1919

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