Roosevelt, Kimble County, Texas

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Roosevelt, Texas
Roosevelt, Texas is located in Texas
Roosevelt, Texas
Roosevelt, Texas
Location within the state of Texas
Coordinates: 30°29′28″N 100°03′18″W / 30.49111°N 100.05500°W / 30.49111; -100.05500Coordinates: 30°29′28″N 100°03′18″W / 30.49111°N 100.05500°W / 30.49111; -100.05500
Country United States
State Texas
County Kimble
Elevation 1,909 ft (582 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 325
FIPS code 48-63092[1]
GNIS feature ID 1366846[2]

Roosevelt is a ghost town located 16 miles west of Junction on State Highway Loop 291 in Kimble County, Texas, United States. In 1997, Recorded Texas Historic Landmark number 4343 was designated to acknowledge the community of Roosevelt, Texas.[3]

History[edit]

The establishment of Roosevelt happened when Alice C.E. Wagoner was appointed postmistress and a post office was established on August 22, 1898.[4] Wagoner applied for the community as a different name, but the United States Postal Service named the town Roosevelt.[5] It is presumed that the postal service chose the name for Theodore Roosevelt, who had made headlines the month before on July 1, 1898 with his charge up San Juan Hill with the Rough Riders. Roosevelt's 1st United States Volunteer Cavalry, known as the Rough Riders, was organized and trained at San Antonio on May 9–19, 1898.[6]

Roosevelt was a shipping point for feed and grain for local sheep and goat farmers. Horses were bred in Roosevelt for the United States Cavalry, and also for the national polo market. In the early part of the 20th century, Roosevelt hosted polo matches.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "THC-Roosevelt, Texas". Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Kimble County Post Offices". Jim Wheat. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Escape-Roosevelt, Texas". Texas Escapes. Texas Escapes - Blueprints For Travel, LLC. Retrieved 25 February 2011. 
  6. ^ Morgan, James (orig. 1907, reprint 2010). "Organizing the Rough Riders". Theodore Roosevelt, The Boy And The Man. Nabu Press. p. 114. ISBN 978-1-172-21340-5.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ Gaxiola, Anthony B. "TSHA-Roosevelt, Texas". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 25 February 2011.