Details for Thomas Cree Homesite (Atlas Number 5065005467)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5065005467


Marker Number 5467
Atlas Number 5065005467
Marker Title Thomas Cree Homesite
Index Entry Cree, Thomas, Homesite
City Panhandle
County Carson
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 276244
UTM Northing 3910245
Subject Codes land surveys, land companies, promotional towns; Botany
Marker Year 1967
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location from Panhandle, take Hwy. 60 about 4.5 miles southwest (on Highway R.O.W.)
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text After serving as a teamster in the Civil War (1861-65), Thadium (Thomas) B. Cree worked for the Union Pacific Railroad. In 1888 he and his wife came to the High Plains. They acquired this land and, with no trees for lumber, they built a dugout home. Cree traveled 35 miles at his wife's request to find a sapling and planted it here. He watered it from a nearby lake that he dug from a buffalo wallow. The tree never grew but lived many years despite blizzard, heat, and drought. Gov. John Connally dedicated an historical marker in 1963 to the first tree in the Panhandle.


Thomas Cree Homesite (RTHL)
Thomas Cree Homesite (RTHL)