Borden County TX

 Borden County Texas


Historical Markers 

1902-1904 Land Rushes 

Borden County

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Borden County Courthouse


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Borden County Jail

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Marker Number:27
Marker Title:1902-1904 Land Rushes
Index Entry:1902-1904 Land Rushes
UTM Zone:14
UTM Easting:270941
UTM Northing:3628452
Subject Codes:LD
Year Marker Erected:1970
Marker Location: At Borden County Museum, Courthouse Square, Gail.
Marker Size:18" x 28"
Repairs Completed: Refinish.
Marker Text: Cowboys and settlers fought here in early days for right to claim lands placed in public domain in 1902 by Texas courts. To keep land they were using, ranchers sent their men, wearing blue ribbon armbands, to file claims at office of county clerk. Nesters, with red ribbons, rushed for same land. To avoid bloodshed, Sheriff W. K. Clark disarmed the men. For 3 days prior to deadlines, the cowboys and nesters had knockdown, dragout fights at the filing window. Later, nesters starved out, because of drouths; land they took up reverted to grazing. (1970)

Borden County

Marker Number: 456
Marker Title: Borden County
Index Entry: Borden County
City: Gail
County: Borden
UTM Zone: 14
UTM Easting: 270941
UTM Northing: 3628452
Subject Codes: CO
Year Marker Erected: 1936
Designations: na
Marker Location: On north side of courthouse square
Marker Size: Centennial highway - at courthouse
Repairs Completed: Weathered; Refinish
Marker Text: Originally a part of Bexar District; created August 21, 1876; organized March 17, 1891. Named in honor of Gail Borden, 1801-1874, pioneer surveyor, newspaper editor, and inventor of the process of condensing milk; Gail, county seat.

Borden County Courthouse

ID: 27
County: Borden
City: Gail
Current Use: Active Courthouse
Owner: County
Service Dates: 
Construction Date: 1939
Architect: David S. Castle
Contractor: Dunlap & Coughrun
Style: Moderne
Square Footage: 
RTHL Date: no
SAL Date: no
National Reg. District: no
Nat. Register Listing: no
Description: One story, post-depression type, brick structure with decorative relief panels of chevron motif.

Borden County Jail

Marker Number: 457
Marker Title: Borden County Jail
Index Entry: Borden County Jail
City: Gail
County: Borden
UTM Zone: 14
UTM Easting: 270941
UTM Northing: 3628452
Subject Codes: BG; JA
Year Marker Erected: 1967
Designations: Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location: Courthouse Square
Marker Size: Medallion and Plate
Repairs Completed: Weathered; Refinish
Marker Text: Built of hand-hewn native stone from Gail Mountain, this jail planned for maximum security. Is one of the oldest jails in use in West Texas. Diebold Safe and Lock Co. was awarded the $4,500 contract in 1896. Behind two-foot thick outside walls, the cell walls and floor are of 1/3 inch case hardened steel plates, impervious to hack saw blades. Doors fastened with huge hasps and padlocks opened by six-inch key. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1967.

Borden County Museum

Form Number: 629
Update: 1997-07-17 00:00:00
Date of Last Survey: 


Intersection of Highway 180 & FM 669

Museum Name:
Borden County Museum
Mailing Address: P O Box 23
City: Gail
Zip code: 79738
Street Address: Courthouse Square
Area Code: 
County: Borden
Admission Charges: 
Senate District: 
House of Representatives District: 
: Dorothy Browne
Area Code: 806
Phone Number: 756-4338
Governing Authority: Federal, State, County, City, Private
Days/Hours Open: 
Annual Attendance: 400
Number of Volunteers: 4
Approximate Number of Volunteer Hours Per Year: 90
Number of Paid Staff: Full Time: 0
Number of Trustees on Board: 19
Director: Kenny Bennett
Other Key Staff: 
Museum Classification: General, History, Art, Science, Historic Site, Historic House, Children's Museum, Aviation, Natural Science, Nature Center, Military, Planning Stage/Not Open, Other, Non-Historic Structure, Museum Building Type: Historic Structure
Historic Designations: 1
Historic Designation: Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, Subject Marker, National Register of Historic Places, Local Designation
Constructed for Museum Purposes?: 1
Original Purpose: Jail, Depot, Hotel, House, Courthouse, Library, Mission, School, Theater, Post Office, Military Fort, Bank, Fire Station, Multiple Buildings, Other
Comments on Original Purpose: 
Types of Exhibits/Collections: Science, Art, Military, Aviation, Natural History, Archeology, Interactive, Photos, Historical, Local/Pioneer History, Archives, Other
Type of Exhibits/Other: 
Funding Sources: Federal, State, County, City, Grants, Memberships, Special Events, Donations, Admission Fees, Hotel/Motel Tax, Other
Changing Exhibits? Yes: 1
Changing Exhibits? No: 1
Changing Exhibits? Occasionally: 1
Comments on Changing Exhibits: 
Educational Programs: Guided Tours, Self-guided tours, Traveling Trunks, Films, Museum Classes, School Tours, Hands-on Activities for Children, Lectures, Demonstrations, Living History Programs, Intrepretive Drama, School/Museum Cooperative Curriculum, Special Programs/Accomodations for Disabled Visitors, Other
Facility Accessible to Disabled?: 1
Facility Partialy Accessible to Disabled?: 1
Programs Accessible to Disabled?: 1
Programs Somewhat Accessible to Disabled?: 1
Has Developed: Master Plan, Collection Policy, Collection Management Forms, Disaster Plan
Fax Number: 
Email Address: 
Web Site URL: 
Phone Extension: 

Number of Paid Staff: Part Time: 0.0
Photos?: 1
Fax Area Code: 
Festival: 1
Elderhostel: 1
Basic Info: 







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