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Rising Star in Eastland County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Rising Star

 
 
Rising Star Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 6, 2015
1. Rising Star Marker
Inscription. First settlers—families of Andrew Agnew, Isaac Agnew, Fletcher Fields, David McKinley, Allis Smith and W.W. Smith—arrived in a wagon train from Gregg County, Jan. 6, 1876. Area was known for hardships: Indian raids, vigilante activities, gunfights. But a stable community developed around log school-church building erected in 1876. First store was founded about 1879 by Thomas W. Anderson and son William.
     Post office established 1880. The most creditable story as to how the town gots its name is that the settlers suggested the name Star for the post office but it was rejected by the U.S. postal authorities as another Texas town had that name. The settlers argued all night over the name selection, looked up and saw the morning star as they started home from their meeting and agreed to call it Rising Star.
     The city was first incorporated in 1891, in a 1905 election. There was a vote to dissolve the corporation but the charter was restored later the same year.
     Rising Star is the home of Texas (1939-1941) poet laureate Lexie Dean Robertson. Unique local structure is city hall built of stone from buried petrified forest.
     Economy is based on ranching, farming (a chief crop is Spanish peanuts), commercial pecans, industry, oil.
 
Erected 1968 by Texas
Rising Star Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 6, 2015
2. Rising Star Marker
State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 4274.)
 
Location. 32° 5.758′ N, 98° 58.328′ W. Marker is in Rising Star, Texas, in Eastland County. Marker is on W. College Street (State Highway 36) west of Cooper Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located at the south end of Colquitt Williams Memorial Park. Marker is in this post office area: Rising Star TX 76471, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rising Star Area Veterans Memorial (a few steps from this marker); First United Methodist Church of Rising Star (approx. 0.3 miles away); Wolf Valley Cemetery (approx. 5.3 miles away); Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 6.5 miles away); Pioneer Cemetery War Memorial (approx. 6.5 miles away); The May Community (approx. 8.4 miles away); May United Methodist Church (approx. 9.6 miles away); Cross Plains Cemetery (approx. 11.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Rising Star.
 
Also see . . .  Rising Star, TX. From the Texas State Historical Association’s “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on October 12, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Rising Star Area Veterans Memorial<br>and Rising Star Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 6, 2015
3. Rising Star Area Veterans Memorial
and Rising Star Marker
Memorial and Marker in Colquitt Williams Memorial Park image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 6, 2015
4. Memorial and Marker in Colquitt Williams Memorial Park
View to north across W. College Street (SH 36)
View to West Along W. College Street (SH 36) image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, October 6, 2015
5. View to West Along W. College Street (SH 36)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 163 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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