Details for Waddell Pecan Tree (Atlas Number 5135005697)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5135005697


Marker Number 5697
Atlas Number 5135005697
Marker Title Waddell Pecan Tree
Index Entry Waddell Pecan Tree
Address 321 N. Lee
City Odessa
County Ector
UTM Zone 13
UTM Easting 748815
UTM Northing 3526469
Subject Codes lumber topics; agriculture, general; Botany
Marker Year 1972
Marker Location 321 N. Lee, Odessa
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text A few years after Odessa was founded in 1881, a squirrel stole a pecan from a neighbor's porch, and buried it in the yard of W. T. Malone, planting this tree. A rarity in the downtown area, it became a well-known landmark. When R. T. ("Cotton") Waddell (1889-1964) and his wife Mary Lee moved from their ranch to this home on July 1, 1926, they found entire neighborhood enjoying the native pecans from their tree. The R. T. Waddells, younger generation of a family influential in this region since the 1870s, gave time and talent to civic works as freely as their tree gave shade.