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

Rabb's Prairie

Rabb's Prairie Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, December 19, 2010
1. Rabb's Prairie Marker
Inscription. This portion of Fayette County is named for William Rabb (1770-1831), a prosperous miller from Pennsylvania who came to Texas in 1821 with members of his family. Rabb claimed a site on the east side of the Colorado River he had selected during an exploratory trip in 1819. He was a member of Stephen F. Austin's first colony in Texas, and recipient of one the earliest and largest land grants of more than 22,000 acres, of which 13,285 acres comprised Rabb's Prairie. Part of Rabb's agreement with Austin was to build a grist mill for future settlers of the colony.

Two grinding stones for the mill weighing about one ton each were imported from Scotland and unloaded at the mouth of the Colorado River on the Gulf of Mexico. In order to transport the heavy stones to the site of the grist mill, Rabb constructed a wooden axle and attached a round stone on both ends to serve as wheels. He then hitched oxen to the vehicle and pulled it about 100 miles overland to his mill. Rabb and his sons completed the mill in 1831; Rabb died shortly afterward. Through the years his descendants played significant roles in the development of Texas. The community of Rabb's Prairie was named for this pioneer family.
Erected 1996 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4161.)
Location of Rabb's Prairie Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, December 19, 2010
2. Location of Rabb's Prairie Marker
29° 57.997′ N, 96° 52.731′ W. Marker is near La Grange, Texas, in Fayette County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 77 and Rabb's Prairie Road, on the right when traveling south on U.S. 77. 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 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. La Fayette Masonic Lodge No. 34 A.F. & A.M. (approx. 3.6 miles away); Old City Cemetery (approx. 3.9 miles away); Fayette County, C.S.A. (approx. 3.9 miles away); Hermes House (approx. 4 miles away); Bradshaw-Killough House (approx. 4.1 miles away); The First U.S. Postal Rural Mail Route in Texas (approx. 4.2 miles away); Site of a Twin Blockhouse (approx. 4.2 miles away); The Dawson Expedition / Historic Oak Tree (approx. 4.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in La Grange.
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 372 times since then and 53 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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