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Leatherwood, Texas

Leatherwood was located near FM 836 / CR 249 and CR 156, off of Highway 82/State Highway 114, twelve miles east of Crosbyton in extreme eastern Crosby County, near the Dickens county line.

History

A school district was started there on July 9, 1912, and a school was soon built on the M. G. Leatherwood farm and named for that family. The building also served as a church and community center. Leatherwood was one of eighteen school districts in Crosby County in the 1930s. The school served the area until August 15, 1949, when it was consolidated with Crosbyton school. Nothing remained of the community in the 1980s except a historical marker relating the history of the school. Source: Handbook of Texas Online.

Site of Leatherwood School. This area of Crosby County was settled in 1898 by the family and relatives of M. G. Leatherwood. As other families began to arrive, the need for a nearby school became apparent. As a result, the Leatherwood Common School District was created in 1912. The first classes, held in the spring of 1913 in a one-room schoolhouse on land donated by M. G. Leatherwood, were taught by Ellsworth Ham. The location of the school was changed twice before it was moved to this site at the eastern edge of the county. At the height of its growth, Leatherwood School employed three teachers who taught 36 students in a three-room schoolhouse. In 1935 the Zumalt School District consolidated with Leatherwood, but by 1945 only elementary students were being taught here. The final classes at Leatherwood were held in 1949, when the area was made part of the Crosbyton School District. Leatherwood was typical of many early Texas rural schools in that its longevity was influenced by the migration from farms to the city. Although rural schools were closed as farm populations decreased and improved roads and transportation made the cities more accessible, their histories play an important part in the heritage of public education in Texas. - Historical Marker Text. Marker erected 1983. Location: From Crosbyton, take US 82 East 12 miles to Intersection of US 82 and FM 836 and follow FM 836 North about .5 mile.

Location

33° 41' 21.156" N, 101° 3' 45.9" W