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Map of Martin County Historic Sites

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Old Jail | Martin County | Martin County Historical Museum | Old Martin County Jail | Mustang Spring
Old Jail

Museum Name: Old Jail Mailing
Address: P.O. Box 615
City: Stanton
Zip Code: 79782
Street Address: 111 W. School
Area Code: 915
Phone: 756-3386
County: Martin
Types of Exhibits/Collections: Local/Pioneer History

Martin County

Marker Title: Martin County I
County: Martin
Year Marker Erected: 1936
Marker Location: From Stanton, take US 80 West about .5 mile
Marker Text: On lower great plains of west Texas. Formed from Young and Bexar territories. Created Aug. 21, 1876, and organized Nov. 4, 1884. Named for Wyly Martin, member of Austin's colony and Texas patriot. County seat established by the first commissioners court which authorized construction of courthouse in Stanton (then called Mariensfield). Early C.C. Slaughter ranch headquarters, 12 miles northwest of Stanton at Mustang Spring, best campsite west of Big Spring. Economy based on grain sorghum, cotton farming; cattle ranching; petroleum. (1936) Formed from Young and Bexar territories created August 21, 1876. Organized November 4, 1884. Named in honor of Wyly Martin 1776-1842. An alcalde in Austin's colony member of the consultation in 1835, soldier in the Texas revolution, member of the Texas congress. County seat, Marienfeld, 1884; Stanton since 1890.

Martin County Historical Museum

Museum Name: Martin County Historical Museum
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 929
City: Stanton
Zip Code: 79782
Street Address: 207 Broadway
Area Code: 915
Phone: 756-2722
County: Martin

Old Martin County Jail

Marker Title: Old Martin County Jail
County: Martin
Year Marker Erected: 1982
Marker Location: 300 St. Joseph St., Stanton
Marker Text: The cell block of this jail was originally included in the 1885 Martin County Courthouse, built the year after the organization of Martin County when Stanton was known as Marienfeld. When the courthouse was torn down following a 1908 bond election, the cells were retained as the nucleus of this rock jail building. Completed that same year, it included living quarters for the sheriff's family. It later served as a library and museum. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1982

Mustang Spring

Marker Title: Mustang Spring
County: Martin
Year Marker Erected: 1936
Marker Location: FM 1212, 12 mile NW of Cortwey
Marker Text: Watering place known as early as 1849, when Captain Randolph B. Marcy of the U.S. Army stopped here in route from Fort Smith, Arkansas, to El Paso. Described in 1859 as "Mustang Pond, two miles north of Emigrant's Road", first water west of Big Spring. (1936)

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