The Branding Wall
The Branding Wall was a project of the Ex-Students Association, now the Alumni Association, to recognize and honor those who had supported and contributed significantly to the formation and growth of Sul Ross State University. From the initial gift of land on which the college was built to gifts received today, the school is indebted to individuals, families and groups.
The Ex-Students decided that since the Bar SR Bar had become the insignia of the university, it was only logical to have "brands of those who had made significant and lasting contributions to the University be permanently displayed with the Bar SR Bar." Included among the 30+ brands is the Diamond E belonging to Senator Benjamin Franklin Berkley. Dr. Berkley worked with area citizens to secure the establishment of Sul Ross. William Box Hancock, owner of the Seven U brand, donated the land on which Sul Ross is built. The Honorable Claude B. Hudspeth made sure that Sul Ross would be built in Alpine. The Lazy S was Hudspeths brand.
Joseph Daniel Jackson, owner of the TL (connected) brand, took a leading role in the promotion of the Alpine Summer Normal and creation of Sul Ross Normal College. Jackson field is named for him. IK brand owner, Ida Cochran Kokernot, along with her sons donated 35 acres of land to Sul Ross for recreational purposes. Judge Wigfall Van Sickle, V up and down, was active in securing the establishment of Sul Ross Normal College in Alpine, Texas.