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

Friar-Cardwell Stage Stand

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By Larry D. Moore, September 20, 2018
1. Friar-Cardwell Stage Stand Marker
Inscription. In 1839 or 1840 at the junction of the La Grange - La Bahia and Victoria - Gonzales Roads (.5 miles east), Daniel Boone Friar (1800-58) built a home and store that served as a social, political, transportation, and trade center for early De Witt County. In 1841 the two-story frame structure became an overnight stop on stagecoach lines between San Antonio and coastal towns. It was designed as a temporary courthouse for the short-lived judicial county of De Witt in 1842. When the county was actually organized in 1846, the court met at Friar's place for several months. It was also the county's first post office, established on May 22, 1846, and named Cuero, with Friar as postmaster.

In 1849 Friar sold the building to Crockett Cardwell (1812-91), who continued to operate it as a stage stand, store, post office, and community meeting place. The county's first Masonic lodge, Cameron Lodge No. 76, A. F. & A. M., was organized in an upstairs room in Nov. 1850 and met there until Jan. 1853. When the Gulf, Western Texas, and Pacific Railroad located the town of Cuero four miles south of the Cardwell stand in 1873, the post office was moved to that site. As the town along the railroad grew, other activities at the old stage stand ended. It was torn down in 1916.
Erected 1974 by Texas Historical
Friar-Cardwell Stage Stand Marker Area image. Click for full size.
By Larry D. Moore, September 20, 2018
2. Friar-Cardwell Stage Stand Marker Area
Commission. (Marker Number 4802.)
Location. 29° 7.877′ N, 97° 16.558′ W. Marker is near Cuero, Texas, in DeWitt County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 183 and Lakeside Drive, on the right when traveling north on U.S. 183. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cuero TX 77954, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Chisholm Trail (here, next to this marker); Leonard Roy Harmon (approx. 3.1 miles away); Clinton (approx. 5.9 miles away); Dr. William Watt White (approx. 6.1 miles away); Hopkinsville Community (approx. 7.4 miles away); Concrete College (1865 - 1881) (approx. 7˝ miles away); Stagecoach Inn (approx. 11.2 miles away); Cuero I Archeological District (approx. 11.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cuero.
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2018. This page originally submitted on September 24, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 49 times since then and 2 times this year. Last updated on October 29, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 24, 2018, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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