Details for Odessa Land & Townsite Company (Atlas Number 5135003667)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5135003667


Marker Number 3667
Atlas Number 5135003667
Marker Title Odessa Land & Townsite Company
Index Entry Odessa Land & Townsite Company
Address 205 N. Grant Ave.
City Odessa
County Ector
UTM Zone 13
UTM Easting 749063
UTM Northing 3526429
Subject Codes railroads; land surveys, land companies, promotional towns
Marker Year 1967
Marker Location 205 N. Grant St., Odessa
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text The Texas & Pacific Railroad transferred 640 acres of its land grants here in 1886 to John Hoge of Zanesville, Ohio. He formed the Odessa land & townsite company to promote sale of town lots. Prime house lots sold for $150 and business lots for $200. Literature was distributed in eastern states citing rich soil, pure water, healthful climate, and railroad sponsored excursion trains with free sleeping cars for prospective Byers form 1886 to 1889. A small frame building on this site, razed in 1911, served as the land office, and later as a school and church.