Dr. James Odiorne (1816 - 1887)
Marker Text: Prominent pioneer physician, civic leader. Practiced medicine in Illinois and Kentucky before settling in Texas in 1857; moved to Blanco County in 1860. He was Civil War surgeon at Fort Mason, Tex. Served as commissioner and chief justice of Blanco County, 1860s; owned a newspaper, 1885-87.
As doctor he went by horseback or gig, regardless of weather. Scarcity of drugs led him to use native herbs for medication; for a sedative (opium), grew and milked garden poppies. He died of burns when alcohol exploded during the compounding of medicine in his drugstore near this site. (1972)
Marker No: 3671
Aluminum 18 x 28 Subject Marker
Geographic: 30.278433, -98.412003
Location: 6th and Nugent Streets, adjacent to Courthouse Square, Johnson City