“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Port Lavaca in Calhoun County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Green Lake

Green Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, October 18, 2012
1. Green Lake Marker
Inscription. Named for the nearby tidal lake of the same name, the community of Green Lake began to develop in the late 1840s, although records indicate there were some settlers in the area before that time. A group of wealthy planters from Kentucky migrated to the area about 1849, along with their families and many slaves. They established extensive cotton plantations and built large and impressive homes.

Early in its history, in 1851, a tornado struck the settlement, but miraculously caused little property damage and no injuries. A private school was established in 1852 and served children of the Green Lake and surrounding communities.

The outbreak of the Civil War caused many changes in Green Lake. Following the U.S. surrender by General David Twiggs in 1861, Federal troops camped near here awaiting transport ships. With its agricultural economy based largely upon slave labor, Green Lake declined following the war when landowners, facing a labor shortage, began to leave the area. By 1875, most of the original settlers were gone.

Although in existence a relatively short period of time, Green Lake contributed to the history of Calhoun County.
Erected 1988 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2268.)
Location of Green Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, October 18, 2012
2. Location of Green Lake Marker
28° 31.503′ N, 96° 47.645′ W. Marker is near Port Lavaca, Texas, in Calhoun County. Marker is at the intersection of Texas Route 35 and Texas Route 185, on the right when traveling west on State Route 35. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Lavaca TX 77979, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of the Town of Linnville (approx. 12.1 miles away); Halfmoon Reef Lighthouse (approx. 13.2 miles away); Port Lavaca (approx. 13.2 miles away).
Categories. Settlements & SettlersWar, US Civil
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 270 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. 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 16, 2016.
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