| Morales 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.
"The historical marker is within walking distance south of the
old store and community center in Cleo."
350 yards 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.
Moved to Texas in 1855. Came here from
Duval County in 1874, bringing 200 Spanish goats and 2,000 sheep to
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
Descendants own this land.
|The 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 signs posted."
Photo courtesy Erik
Whetstone, August 2005
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