Details for Howard Bland, Sr. (Atlas Number 5491009032)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5491009032


Marker Number 9032
Atlas Number 5491009032
Marker Title Howard Bland, Sr.
Index Entry Bland, Howard, Sr.
Address FM 112/FM 619 intersection, .5 mi. E
City Taylor
County Williamson
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 672455
UTM Northing 3374766
Subject Codes journalists; agriculture, general; state official; Business topics, general; fairs and festivals
Marker Year 1986
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Private Property No
Marker Location 1/2 mile E of Taylor at FM 112/FM 619 intersection
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text (1848-1933) Born in Zanesville, Ohio, Howard Bland, Sr., came to Texas in 1878 and began raising sheep on his homestead near this site. An annual sheep shearing contest evolved into a community fair, and Bland donated land for the annual event. His other business interests included real estate, a commodities warehouse, a flour mill, and ice house, a hotel, a local power company, theater, and the Taylor Daily Press, an anti-prohibition newspaper. A community leader, he served on the city council and chamber of commerce, and was a member of the 34th Texas legislature.