The Runnels County Historical Commission has released Historical Markers of Runnels County and Post Offices of Runnels County, the third book on the history of Runnels County and the fourth book published by the RCHC in recent years.

The Runnels County Historical Commission has released Historical Markers of Runnels County and Post Offices of Runnels County, the third book on the history of Runnels County and the fourth book published by the RCHC in recent years.  

Volume III Historical Markers of Runnels County and Post Offices of Runnels County was compiled by Ruth Cooper and Randall Conner with considerable help from numerous contributors.  It is published by Ballinger Printing & Graphics.  The book contains 282 pages and includes many pictures.   

Runnels County has been granted 46 Texas Historical Markers and 14 Texas Historical Landmarks that record the history of the area from the San Clemente Mission in 1684 to the soon-to-be-dedicated Rowena Marker. Twenty-eight post offices have been located in the county with only five remaining today.

One marker in Runnels County marks the grave site of Billy Brown, a former Texas Ranger who was the last person killed by Indians in the county in 1875.  Another marker recognizes the magnificent horse and cowboy Noyes Statue on the Ballinger Courthouse square.  The first chartered Future Farmers of America chapter in Texas is honored with a marker in Winters.  

Many communities, churches, buildings, and organizations are recognized with Texas Historical Markers, and each includes interesting bits of history of the area.  One marker records that $8,500.50 was raised and placed on the barrel head one Sunday morning.  Others tell of the German and Czech culture in the county.  

Most of the early buildings which have been recognized were made of limestone rock native to the area.  Some had magnificent architecture for the early period of Runnels County in which they were constructed.  A couple of markers tell of the development of industry and transportation in the area.  A marker for cotton production in Runnels County is actually located in an area that is now totally ranching, however, this is where the first cotton was grown in the county.

The book includes a history of all of the post offices from Fort Chadbourne (which was originally thought to be in Runnels County) to Pony, and includes the early-day post offices of Walthall and Blue Gap.  Pictures of some early postmarks from the county are included, along with many of the postmasters.  

Volume III Historical Markers of Runnels County and Post Offices of Runnels County is available for $30 and shipping is an additional $7.  The book is available at Ballinger Printing & Graphics and JK Hair Salon in Ballinger; The Attic, Bee's Quilting, and the Z. I. Hale Museum Gift Shop in Winters; Beverly Teplicek in Rowena or from members of the Runnels County Historical Commission. 

The book can be ordered from Ballinger Printing & Graphics at ballingerprinting.com, Amazon.com, or by mailing payment to Runnels County Historical Commission, PO Box 211, Winters  79567.  Volume I The Organization of Runnels County is also available for $25.00 or $31.00 if shipped, and Volume II Schools of Runnels County is available for $30 or $37  if shipped.