Thomas Trammell, "Father of Sweetwater."
This historic marker is located at the former home of Thomas Trammell, and influential rancher and banker who is often called the "Father of Sweetwater." The house was built between 1911 and 1913. After Trammel passed away in 1919, the building housed a hospital-the only one in the area until 1936.
Backstory and Context
Rancher and banker Thomas Trammell (1848-1919) was called the "Father of Sweetwater." He hired noted California architect John Young to design this house. Trammell, who helped bring railroads to Sweetwater, knew of Young's design work for the Santa Fe Railway. Built in 1911-13, this house reflects the Mission Revival-Prairie School style of architecture and features a unique atrium. From 1923 to 1936 the house served as the only hospital in the area. Later Trammell's daughter and her family occupied the home.