Historical Marker Dedication

EAGLE LAKE — The Eagle Lake Preservation Alliance Inc. invites the public to the Texas Historical Marker Dedication ceremony for Zeno Smith, Texas Ranger, Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m. with the ceremony beginning at the Prairie Edge Museum in Eagle Lake.

Sandra C. Thomas featured Smith in the Nov e m b e r 2017 “Eagle Lake Remembers” article:

Eagle Lake’s Zeno came by it naturally. His interest in becoming a Texas Ranger was likely inspired by the history of his grandfather, Reuben Smith, (c1826-1864) who was an early Texas Ranger, and a Mason. Rube Smith was a cattleman with a sizeable herd. He lived and served in the hill country, and was slain and scalped by the Comanches, in 1864, near Hondo.

Both Reuben’s grandsons, Zeno and his brother “Red” Smith, also of Eagle Lake became Texas Rangers. The small building where the Smith brothers and their father had their successful meat market on East Main Street, in Eagle Lake, still stands. It was bought and restored by the Eagle Lake Preservation Alliance. (ELPA)


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