Details for Claiborne Walker Merchant

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5441012220


Marker Number 12220
Atlas Number 5441012220
Marker Title Claiborne Walker Merchant
Index Entry Merchant, Claiborne Walker
Address 1133 Cottonwood St.
City Abilene
County Taylor
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 431964
UTM Northing 3591358
Subject Codes ranches/ranching; Civil War; Business topics, general; cattle, cattle industry topics; military topics
Marker Year 1999
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Private Property No
Marker Location Abilene Municipal Cemetery, 10th & Cottonwood
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size grave marker
Marker Text (August 31, 1836 - March 9, 1926) Claiborne W. Merchant and his twin, John, were born in Nacogdoches. "Clabe" married Frances Bell in 1856. He served in the Confederate army and later became a cattle rancher. Merchant established his first ranch in 1874 in Callahan County and began acquiring land in neighboring Taylor County prior to the arrival of the railroad in 1881. When Abilene was established, Merchant, a city founder, named the new town after Abilene, Kansas. For many years he contributed his time and money to the development of Abilene. He is lauded as a respected benefactor and beloved citizen. Recorded - 1999

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