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Old Fredonia Townsite

 
 
Old Fredonia Townsite Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 17, 2015
1. Old Fredonia Townsite Marker
Inscription. The community of Fredonia was founded by Haden Edwards, a land grantee who contracted in 1825 with the Mexican government to establish 800 families of settlers in East Texas. A later misunderstanding with Mexico caused him to organize the famous Fredonian Rebellion and flee to the U.S. in 1827 in failure. The town of Fredonia prospered, though, as an important ferry crossing and river port. The numerous structures built by residents included a brick kiln, homes and warehouses, mainly for cotton. After the Civil War, the population declined and the post office closed. Residents abandoned the town after it was bypassed by the railroad circa 1870.
 
Erected 2005 by The Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9959.)
 
Location. 32° 26.082′ N, 94° 47.208′ W. Marker is in Longview, Texas, in Gregg County. Marker is at the intersection of Old Kilgore Highway (County Road 2087) and Interstate 20, on the right when traveling north on Old Kilgore Highway. Click for map. Marker is off to the right in a sand parking area. Marker is at or near this postal address: Old Kilgore Highway, Longview TX 75603, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Big Inch Pipeline (approx. 4.3
Marker looking north on County Road 2087. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 17, 2015
2. Marker looking north on County Road 2087.
miles away); King Cotton (approx. 4.9 miles away); Longview Municipal Building and Central Fire Station (approx. 4.9 miles away); Timber – The First Industry (approx. 4.9 miles away); Kelly Plow Company (approx. 4.9 miles away); When Mule Power Moved People (approx. 4.9 miles away); Then Came the Railroad (approx. 5 miles away); From Subsistence to Cash Crops (approx. 5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Longview.
 
More about this marker. The marker was originally erected in 1967.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on the Fredonian Rebellion. (Submitted on September 25, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & SettlersWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels
 
Old Fredonia Townsite Marker protected by railings. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 17, 2015
3. Old Fredonia Townsite Marker protected by railings.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 150 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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