Kaufman County Poor Farm
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 32° 33.973 W 096° 19.085
14S E 751791 N 3606372
Quick Description: Texas Historical Marker at the remains of the Kaufman County Poor Farm, noting its establishment and history, all the way into the 1970s.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 4/17/2015 7:48:44 PM
Waymark Code: WMNQ8C
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
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Marker Number: 11988

Marker Text:
As did many Texas counties of the era, Kaufman County created a poor farm in 1883 in order to provide the indigent residents and families of the area with food, shelter, and medicine. This work program replaced earlier relief efforts. All able-bodied persons were required to work, including resident guards and county inmates convicted of minor crimes who were originally brought from the jail daily for labor; by 1893 they were housed on the farm. In the 1930s the farm was used to demonstrate new agricultural techniques. Usually filled to capacity, the farm operated until the 1970s. By 1997, a cemetery and a few buildings remained. (1997)

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