R.C. Crane and the promotion of West Texas
Bates, Larry R.
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Royston Campbell Crane, a lawyer, newspaperman, land speculator, and amateur historian played a significant role in the development of West Texas. A loyal booster of the region. Crane came to West Texas in 1886, settled first at Roby in Fisher County and in 1902 at Sweetwater in Nolan County, where he remained until his death in 1956. "Judge" Crane, as he affectionately became known, arrived in West Texas shortly after graduation from the University of Texas Law school. Over the next half century he led efforts to obtain a state university for the region, helped to found the West Texas Historical Association, promoted the development of Sweetwater, challenged a major railroad over relocation of its principal offices, and in general became a leading booster of the greater West Texas region.