R W Smith ranch
Known by the R Brand, the R. W. Smith Ranch was started in 1906. Founder R. W. Smith, first saw Odessa on December 13, 1887 when he was a cowboy working for C. C. Slaughter for only $20.00 a month. After Ranching in Culberson County, R.W. Smith returned to Odessa to establish a ranch 12 miles northwest, paying $5.00 an acre. At that time Mr Smith recalls that there were only 600 people in the County.

Along with Mr. Teague Baker, Smith built the first country school in Ector County. Miss Lora Shackleford, their first teacher, was paid $15.00 per month plus room and board. Photograph [no date].

Courtesy: The Flavor Of Odessa, 1891-1991; editor:Ann Sherburn.
The Heritage of Odessa Foundation.

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Updated: May 23, 1998