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

Jacob de Cordova

(June 6, 1808 - January 26, 1868)

Jacob De Cordova Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 14, 2016
1. Jacob De Cordova Marker
Inscription. Born to a Jewish family in Spanishtown, Jamaica, British West Indies, Jacob de Cordova immigrated to Philadelphia about 1830. After a brief return to Jamaica where he founded a newspaper, he became engaged in trade between New Orleans and Texas. He and his brother Phineas (1819-1903) opened a shop in Galveston in 1837, then Jacob moved to Houston to establish a highly successful land agency.
     When Galveston’s John S. Sydnor (1812-1869) acquired a large tract of land here on the Brazos River’s west bank in 1847, De Cordova was retained to survey and sell the property. He in turn hired George Bernard Erath (1813-1891) to conduct the survey. By 1848 De Cordova obtained control of the tract and journeyed here with Erath to lay out the town of Waco. About 1849 De Cordova also was retained to sell a vast tract near here on the east bank of the Brazos River.
     De Cordova donated several lots to the new town, including this Waco Spring site, the common square, and sites for numerous schools and churches. He died while formulating a scheme to industrialize the Brazos River Valley and was buried at Kimball in Bosque County (about 45 mi. NW). In 1935 De Cordova’s remains were moved to the state cemetery in Austin.
Texas Sesquicentennial 1836 - 1986

Erected 1986 by
Jacob De Cordova Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 14, 2016
2. Jacob De Cordova Marker
Located in Indian Spring Park between the Waco Suspension Bridge and the Washington Avenue Bridge
Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2708.)
Location. 31° 33.646′ N, 97° 7.692′ W. Marker is in Waco, Texas, in McLennan County. Marker can be reached from University Parks Drive east of Washington Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located west of the Waco Suspension Bridge in Indian Spring Park. Marker is in this post office area: Waco TX 76701, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Waco Suspension Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Waco Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Waco Suspension Bridge (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Going Up The Chisholm Trail (about 800 feet away); Gerald-Harris Shooting (approx. ¼ mile away); Brann-Davis Shootings (approx. 0.3 miles away); Doris Miller (approx. 0.9 miles away); Elite Cafe (approx. 2.5 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Waco.
Also see . . .  Jacob Raphael De Cordova. From the Texas State Historical Association’s “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on May 17, 2016.) 
Categories. Notable Persons
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 173 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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