Details for Mrs. Cordia Sloan Duke (Atlas Number 5111003509)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5111003509


Marker Number 3509
Atlas Number 5111003509
Marker Title Mrs. Cordia Sloan Duke
Index Entry Duke, Mrs. Cordia Sloan
City Dalhart
County Dallam
UTM Zone 13
UTM Easting 723738
UTM Northing 3994881
Subject Codes ranches/ranching; women, women's history topics; writers and poets
Marker Year 1969
Marker Location intersection of US 87 and US 385 -Dalhart
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text (Jan. 10, 1887 - July 23, 1966) Chronicler of a unique era in the history of the Southwest. Born in Belton, Mo. At 17, taught school in Indian Territory (Okla.) In 1907, she married Robert L. Duke, a ranch hand who had risen to division manager of the XIT Ranch (then world's largest). In addition to ther own family, she "looked after" the 150 cowboys who worked the 3,000,000-acre spread. Kept a diary of everyday events in ranch life around her and successfully encouraged 81 others to do likewise. Thus was preserved an authentic account of a passing phase of American life -- the cowboy and his work. (1969)