Hamblen Drive

From Wayside, take SH 207 8 miles northeast to roadside park.

Lat 34.796016
Lon -101.437793

Marker Text:
Roadside Park on Hamblen Drive
Named for Will H. Hamblen (1878-1952), who in 1890’s pioneered a crude road (about 6 mi. N) into Palo Duro Canyon along old Indian trails. This cut 120 miles off settlers’ trips to courthouse in Claude, but was steep and dangerous. Hamblen and his wife, Ada (1883-1955) ranched near Wayside after 1905. He worked unceasingly to get a passable road through Palo Duro. Elected county commissioner in 1928, he at last had a graded road built. By decision of the commissioners’ court, road was dedicated in 1930 as Hamblen Drive. With its paving in 1954, a dream of a lifetime was realized. (1968)