Details for Town of Whitsett (Atlas Number 5297005795)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5297005795


Marker Number 5795
Atlas Number 5297005795
Marker Title Town of Whitsett
Index Entry Whitsett
Address US 281 and FM 99
City Whitsett
County Live Oak
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 571254
UTM Northing 3167559
Subject Codes cities and towns; settlements
Marker Year 1973
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Private Property No
Marker Location US 281, south of intersection with FM 99, Whitsett
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Situated on 1835 land grant of Mexico to John Houlihan. At this site in 1800's was water and a camp for cross-country drives of cattle, hogs. Town arose in 1913 when San Antonio, Uvalde & Gulf railroad was built here and post office opened. Named for ranch family donating right of way and townsite. Soon shipped steers by thousands to northern markets. International fame began 1924 when H.A. Coffey acquired 125 bee colonies, bred and sold queens. Besides beekeeping, area has oil and uranium production; farming; horse and cattle ranching; rock-gems and game hunting; fishing.