Rath City

Name:

Rath City

County:

Stonewall

Zip Code:

 

Latitude / Longitude:

33°00’35″N 100°10’54″W

Elevation:

1,660 ft (510 m)

Time Zone:

Central (CST) (UTC-6)

Comments:

Rath City was a frontier town which existed for fewer than five years and is now a ghost town. The town was located on the Double Mountain Fork Brazos River, 14 miles northwest of Hamlin in southern Stonewall County, Texas, United States.

Remains:

The town was founded in 1876. Its original establishment was meant to capitalize on the buffalo trade and it was Stonewall County’s first settlement. In 1877, the town housed a store, two saloons, a dance hall, and a few tents and dugouts. The town’s namesake was Charles Rath, whose store, built in 1875, was the structure around which the village grew. A declining buffalo population ended the settlement and it was abandoned in 1880.

Established:

1876

Disestablished:

 

Current Status:

In February 1877, after buffalo hunter Marshall Sewell was killed by Native Americans, Rath City became a rallying point for over 300 frontiersmen. A group of 45 men left Rath City in pursuit of a Comanche war party led by Black Horse, in a campaign known as the Buffalo Hunters’ War or Staked Plains War. The men pursued the Comanche to a site in present-day Lubbock. A battle ensued on March 18, 1877, at Yellow House Canyon; its results were inconclusive. The hunters returned to Rath City, thus ending one of the last Indian campaigns on the southern plains.

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