Established in 1891, Crowell was
decided on for the seat of Foard County and became the retail center for
agricultural and oil production.
On Nov.10, 1886, George T. Crowell purchased school section #446. Then on Jan.23, 1891 he sold to
James F. Witherspoon, M. F.
Thacker, and C. A. Andrews a three-fourth undivided interest in the north half of the section. Feb. 26,1891 M. F. Thacker, C. A. Andrews, James F. Witherspoon and an 11 man Pack bought railroad section #445. These men met and formed a
town site and decided to call it Crowell in honor of
George T. Crowell. When Crowell won the county seat in an election on April 27, 1891, the courthouse was placed on the dividing lines of the above mentioned sections.
In the mid 1800's this part of
Texas was the domain of Comanche Indians who figured in the area's most
famous case of a white girl captured and reared by red men. The girl was
Cynthia Ann Parker, taken by Indians in 1836, reared with the Comanche
as one of their own, and recaptured by white men in 1860. The site where
Cynthia Ann was recaptured, Pease River Battlefield, is marked by an
historical marker, some nine miles northeast on F.M. 98.
Depot Library -
In an old Santa Fe depot (c. 1908);
houses public library; museum features local history and extensive
collection on Cynthia Ann Parker, and other items dealing with Crowell's
frontier history. (There's also an exhibit in the Foard County Courthouse
open during weekday business hours.)
Open Monday through Friday, 1:30 -
5 p.m. At 203 North main Street.
A pioneer schoolroom and old fashioned family
settings in the charming museum preserve rustic accents of the county's
heritage. Household, farm and ranch implements plus a detailed
scale model of a country town in the early 1900's are among the
displays. There is also an exhibit on the Gen. George B. McClellan's 1877
copper mine, including artifacts from his campsite.
McClellan was Commander in Chief of the Union
Army for a time in the War Between the States, and was the Democratic
nominee opposing Abraham Lincoln in the 1864 presidential election.
Open Monday through Friday, 2:30 - 5p.m.
Turkey, Wild Hog,
Copper Breaks State Park is just 8 miles North
Truscott Brian lake, 17 miles South
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