Ranch - Connected to Cleo, Texas, the story of
Meliton Morales and his family was worthy of a historical marker, which makes
it worthy of being added to our ghost town list. |
historical marker is within walking distance south of the old store and community
center in Cleo." - Erik
southwest stands a small rock house
built in 1881 by settler Meliton Morales (1837-1924).
Born in Mexico,
Morales was kidnapped by Indians as a youth and spent 9 years in captivity.
to Texas in 1855. Came here from Duval County in
1874, bringing 200 Spanish goats and 2,000 sheep to start ranching.
He and wife Ramona (Pena) had 9 children. He served on jury of first court
convened after organization of county. He and wife are buried on the Manuel Morales
Ranch in Schleicher County, near Kimble County Line.
Descendants own this
1881 rock house built by settler Meliton Morales|
Ranch ruins - I should probably refer it to the Morales House ruins, since it
is just the one building. As the historical marker indicates, it is about 350
yards west of the marker, but it is also about 150 yards from the road that runs
closest to it. It is on fenced in property, but I didn't see any No Trespassing
Ranch Historical Marker closeup|
Photo courtesy Erik
Whetstone, August 2005
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