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Borden County Historical Markers

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Map of Borden County Historic Sites

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1902-1904 Land Rushes | Borden County | Borden County Museum
1902-1904 Land Rushes

Marker Title: 1902-1904 Land Rushes
City: Gail
County: Borden
Year Marker Erected: 1970
Marker Location: At Borden County Museum, Courthouse Square, Gail.
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 Title: Borden County
City: Gail
County: Borden
Year Marker Erected: 1936
Marker Location: On north side of courthouse square
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 Museum

Museum Name: Borden County Museum
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 23
City: Gail
Zip Code: 79738
Street Address: Courthouse Square
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

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