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Keywords:Texas Historical Marker, Comanche County Historical Marker, De Leon Peanut Company
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Dimensions4288 x 2848
Original file size5.73 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken15-Oct-11 15:07
Date modified15-Oct-11 15:07
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Camera makeNIKON CORPORATION
Camera modelNIKON D90
Focal length48 mm
Focal length (35mm)72 mm
Max lens aperturef/4.8
Exposure1/250 at f/8
FlashNot fired, auto mode
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeAuto
Exposure prog.Unknown
ISO speedISO 200
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Digital zoom1x
De Leon Peanut Company

De Leon Peanut Company

De Leon
Comanche County, Texas
32 06.649' N 98 32.200' W

Text: Cotton was the major cash crop for farmers in Comanche County until the early 20th Century. The combined effects of distastrous weather conditions in 1908-09, a national economic downturn, and a major infestation of the Mexican boll weevil in 1914 caused many Comanche County farmers to abandon their decades-long reliance on cotton and turn to the more lucrative prospect of peanut farming. Because shipping peanuts to Fort Worth for processing reduced local farmers' profits, N. T. Haskins organized the De Leon Peanut Company in 1912. Its first board of directors included R. W. Higginbotham, W. H. Williams, B. T. Higginbotham, Jr., J. B. Wilson, A. E. Hampton, and W. E. Lowe. By 1914, peanuts were the leading cash crop in the county, and the company enlarged its operations to meet growing demand. A six-story main building was completed in 1917; soon the plant was processing up to ten railroad carloads of peanuts per day. The business survived an economic crisis in the 1920s and remained a strong force in the local community, which has been called "The Peanut Capital of the World." Acquired by a national company in 1967, the De Leon Peanut Company has played a vital role in Comanche County history.