in a Pecan Shell
there is a Borden County (in the Panhandle)
named after the same man, Borden, the village is here in Colorado County. Tiny
Gail (population 202) is the
Borden County seat. Both county and seat were named some years after Mr. Borden's
death in 1874. He never got anywhere near either place.
Borden is most famous for originating the process of condensing milk,
but in 1837 he was a humble Justice of the Peace in the recently formed Colorado
County. He had also been a surveyor for Austin's Colony and was in the printing
business in Galveston.
While in Galveston
he reportedly sold over 2,500 lots.
experiments in Colorado County included canning beef. Ironically, the railroad
charged more for transporting canned beef more than it did beef "on-the-hoof"
and while it was feasible, it wasn't profitable until after Borden's death. He
also worked on a "Beef Biscuit" which wasn't well received.
dairy interests were what made him wealthy, primarily by supplying condensed
milk during the Civil War. Carnation
Dairies came to nearby Schulenburg
in 1928 based mostly on Borden's earlier choice of land. Today in Borden there's
the pictured store and no other business. Although Borden
died in Borden, he was sent back to his native New York for burial.
by Mike Cox
A New Yorker who grew up in Indiana, Gail Borden came to Texas
in 1829, five years after his brother Thomas arrived as one of Stephen F. Austinís
Gail Borden Beef Canning Plant Marker|
Photo courtesy Barclay
Gibson, September 2010
| There are several
small picturesque cemeteries in the Borden / West Colorado County area.|
Stapleton Cemetery in far West Colorado County|
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