Details for Prairie Dog (Atlas Number 5135004106)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5135004106


Marker Number 4106
Atlas Number 5135004106
Marker Title Prairie Dog
Index Entry Prairie Dog
City Odessa
County Ector
UTM Zone
UTM Easting
UTM Northing
Subject Codes animals
Marker Year 1964
Marker Location Prairie Pete Park, 44th at East Co. Rd., Odessa
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Actually a squirrel. Gets name from its bark. It was food for settlers, especially in drouths. Lives in cluster of burrows called a "Town". Burrows, hazardous to running horses, often have caused broken bones among horses and riders. Also prairie dogs ate grass roots, destroying cattle feed. One old-time town was 100 miles wide and extended, almost unbroken, 250 miles southward from prairie dog town fork of Red River. Extermination has wiped out most colonies. This colony was established in 1959 by Odessa rotary club.