Details for Baker Ranch School (Atlas Number 5135000280)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5135000280


Marker Number 280
Atlas Number 5135000280
Marker Title Baker Ranch School
Index Entry Baker Ranch School
City Odessa
County Ector
UTM Zone 13
UTM Easting 742788
UTM Northing 3545887
Subject Codes ranches/ranching; educational topics
Marker Year 1965
Marker Location From Ector County Courthouse, take US 385 East Service Road North about 12.5 mile (marker is before intersection of US 385 & SH 158)
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Since there were no public schools in rural Ector County, R.W. Smith and Teague Baker in 1906 erected an 8'x10' school building in Baker's pasture. They hired a teacher at $15 a month, plus room and board, which each furnished on alternate months. Ranch schools like this one taught not only children of ranchers, but also those of cowboys and nesters--small farmers coming west to homestead or to by land at nominal prices. Baker community later had a public school. Till the permian basin had good roads and buses, ranch schools served it well.