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"THOSE WHO CAME BEFORE........." and Other Poems.....by Cowboy Poet DARIN BROOKMAN

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ROMERO CEMETERY
Old Tascosa Cemetery


Tascosa, Oldham County, Texas


NAMEBIRTH DATEDEATH DATE
BRIGGS, YENASA18471897
BALFOUR, HENRY DAWSONAugust 19, 1918January 27, 1938
BALFOUR, MYRA MAYJuly 20, 1888September 27, 1942
BALFOUR, WILLIAM CARBONJuly 13, 1862
Perthshire Scotland
March 5, 1935
BALFOUR, JAMES ANDERSONSeptember 20, 1924August 30, 1936
UREN, UNCLE BILLIEAye Ahoy77 Years
LENARD, UNCLE JACKNovember 27, 1909.
WILSON, ALEXANDER..
WILSON, EMELINE..
McCORMICK, ELIZABETH (FRENCHY)August 11, 1852January 12, 1941
McCORMICK, MFebruary 17 1846October 7, 1912
WAGNER, KENNYAugust 12, 1941December 7, 1992
COMMENTS....Some Headstones are damaged or missing!
Yenasa Briggs wife of Theo Biggs "Simply To the Cross I Cling"
Wm C Balfour "He died as he lived an honorable man"
Uncle Jack Lenard "One of Custer's Gallant Scouts"
Elizabeth McCormick -Monument Erected by ex-Boys Ranchers
and interested friends 1965
List typed from records at Cal Farley's Boys Ranch. October 27, 2001... jpc

HISTORY
The first permanent settlement of the Texas Panhandle is considered to have begun in 1876. Late that spring Charles Goodnight, ex-Texas Ranger and trail blazer, drove a heard of cattle from New Mexico to a tributary of the Canadian and on to Palo Duro Canyon early the next year. In September 1876, New Mexico sheepman CASIMERO ROMERO brought his family to settle at future TASCOSA on the Canadian in what would become Oldham County. His entourage included 3,000 sheep with their herders, plus 12 freight wagons loaded with lumber, supplies and household goods.

The same year that ROMERO and GOODNIGHT entered the Panhandle, the citizens of Texas voted to accept a new state constitution, replacing the one forced on them at the close of the Civil War. Included in the reshuffling and reorganization was a act dividing the unorganized territories in western Texas and the Panhandle into counties.
Tascosa village grew up around ROMERO's home when other New Mexico sheepmen followed ROMERO to this ancient crossing on the Canadian. A blacksmith shop, a store and saloon were the first businesses. Soon cowboys and cattlemen were trading, drinking and carousing in the village. see Boothill Cemetery List and Photos
In 1880 when the census takers made their rounds of the Panhandle, there were 285 persons in the unorganized area. Mobeetie,Tascosa and Clarendon were the first three villages in the Panhandle. Dodge City, Kansas, at the end of the rails, was the supply center. The Tascosa to Dodge City Trail ran 242 Miles, crossing MOORE COUNTY from southwest to northeast. It was 35 miles from Tascosa to the Little Blue station in MOORE COUNTY.
see story in "100 Moore Years" by Martha Crabb.

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