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Near La Grange in Fayette County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Site of Burnam's Ferry

 
 
Burnam's Ferry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, December 31, 2011
1. Burnam's Ferry Marker
Inscription. (obverse)
First ferry in present-day Fayette County. Established about 1824 at the crossing of the La Bahia Road by Jesse Burnam. After the Army of the Republic of Texas crossed on March 19, 1836, the ferry was destroyed by order of General Sam Houston to prevent its use by the advancing Mexican Army.

(reverse)
Colorado County
Located 1½ miles northeast on the Colorado River established about 1824 by Jesse Burnam at the crossing of the La Bahia Road to southwest Louisiana. The Texas Army under General Sam Houston crossed here on March 19, 1836 in the retreat from Gonzales to San Jacinto. The ferry was destroyed to prevent its use by the Mexican Army.
 
Erected 1936 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 575.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments marker series.
 
Location. 29° 48.125′ N, 96° 47.825′ W. Marker is near La Grange, Texas, in Fayette County. Marker is at the intersection of Farm to Market Road 155 and Anton Salas Loop, on the left when traveling north on Road 155. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: La Grange TX 78945, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
Reverse side Burnam's Ferry Marker. image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, December 31, 2011
2. Reverse side Burnam's Ferry Marker.
This text appeared on the marker when it was located in Colorado County.
8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. James J. Ross (approx. 5.4 miles away); Dubina (approx. 5.5 miles away); Old Osage (approx. 6.5 miles away); The Oldest Czech Settlement (approx. 7.3 miles away); Monument Hill Tomb (approx. 7.6 miles away); Kreische Complex (approx. 7.6 miles away); Father Miguel Muldoon (approx. 8 miles away); Czech Catholic Union of Texas (approx. 8.1 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in La Grange.
 
More about this marker. This marker was located in Colorado County for many years and was restored to Fayette County in 2010.
 
Also see . . .
1. Burnam's Ferry. The Handbook of Texas Online, Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on March 5, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Burnam's Ferry Centennial Marker - The Story. From the Texas Escapes website. The story of the marker's journey, from its original placement in Fayette County in 1936, its alteration and removal to Colorado County in the 1970s, and its return and re-placement in Fayette County in 2010. (Submitted on June 25, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.) 
 
Categories. War, Texas Independence
 
Burnam's Ferry Marker Location. image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, December 31, 2011
3. Burnam's Ferry Marker Location.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 662 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 25, 2016.
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