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Site of FIRST Post Office in Wise County, TX - Newark, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 32° 59.888 W 097° 29.872
14S E 640331 N 3652081
Quick Description: Before Newark, TX was Newark, there was a settlement here called Odessa, which hosted the first post office in Wise County.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 2/25/2015 8:56:44 PM
Waymark Code: WMNE5M
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Zork V
Views: 1

Long Description:
There is no building, no ruins, no evidence of Odessa, not to be confused with the bigger city in West Texas bearing that name. A Texas Historical Marker stands on the perimeter of someone's front yard, and provides some background:

Established September 8, 1855. First white settler in Wise County, Benjamin B. Haney, was the first postmaster. Second was Martha E. Marshall, appointed December 5, 1856; third, Nathan Huff, served from March 16, 1860, until office was discontinued on December 5, 1866.

David C. Haynes and William Quagle, contractors, brought mail every Saturday by stagecoach from Birdville (25 mi. SE), arriving Odessa 12:00 noon. Stayed at George Wilmouth Inn two hours, arriving in Birdville 8:00 p.m. Second post office, Newark, opened 1893, after another Odessa was founded in Ector County.
FIRST - Classification Variable: Place or Location

Date of FIRST: 8/8/1855

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