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Hillsboro in Hill County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Hill County

 
 
Hill County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 14, 2012
1. Hill County Marker
Inscription.
Created February 7, 1855
Organized May 14, 1853
Named in honor of
Dr. George W. Hill
1814-1860
Member of the Texas Congress
and Legislature
Secretary of War of the
Republic of Texas, 1843-1845
Lexington, first village
1853
Hillsboro, county seat since

 
Erected by 1936 Centennial - Texas Highway Department. (Marker Number 2480.)
 
Location. 32° 0.679′ N, 97° 7.825′ W. Marker is in Hillsboro, Texas, in Hill County. Marker is on North Waco Street (State Highway 81), on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Located east side of Courthouse, between West Franklin and West Elm Streets. Marker is in this post office area: Hillsboro TX 76645, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hill County Courthouse (here, next to this marker); Hill County Confederate Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Courthouse History (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Old Lexington Village (within shouting distance of this marker); Bond's Alley (about 300
Hill County Marker base; 1936 Texas Highway Department image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 14, 2012
2. Hill County Marker base; 1936 Texas Highway Department
feet away, measured in a direct line); Pioneer Bank Building (about 300 feet away); Hill County Jail (about 400 feet away); Hillsboro Post Office Building (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Hillsboro.
 
Regarding Hill County. Although the county seat of Hillsboro is close to a busy highway (I-35), it still retains that small-town charm. But back in 1853 when Hill County was created from Navarro County, Indians, bear, antelope, buffalo, wild horses, and deer made up most of the population.
Since the animals didn't threaten the settlers too much but the Indians did, a fort was built about fifteen miles west of present-day Hillsboro. Fort Graham, built in the late 1840s, helped keep the more hostile Indians at bay and served as a scouting and reporting station. Major Ripley Arnold, who founded Fort Worth back when it was just a camp, was supervisor of the fort. ...
Both Hill County and Hillsboro are named for Dr. George W. Hill, a pioneer Navarro County settler who served both as a congressman and as Secretary of War for the Republic of Texas. He was a surgeon with a degree from Transylvania University who married a gal named Slaughter. Not long after
Hill County Marker,east lawn, along North Waco Street parking image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 14, 2012
3. Hill County Marker,east lawn, along North Waco Street parking
the county was established, the first courthouse, 12' X 12', was constructed of elm poles, clapboard, and dirt floors. It took the county five tries to build a courthouse that they could be proud of. (Texas Escapes - Blueprints For Travel, LLC.)
 
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Fifth and present Hill County Court House and Confederate Monument, southeast lawn image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 14, 2012
4. Fifth and present Hill County Court House and Confederate Monument, southeast lawn
Hill County Courthouse and Veterans Monument, northeast lawn image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 14, 2012
5. Hill County Courthouse and Veterans Monument, northeast lawn
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 239 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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