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Sulphur Springs in Hopkins County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Townsite of Tarrant

Townsite of Tarrant Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, June 25, 2018
1. Townsite of Tarrant Marker
Inscription.  Eldridge Hopkins, for whose family Hopkins County was named in 1846, donated this site for the county seat. Named for Gen. Edward H. Tarrant (1796-1858), Texas Ranger and Mexican war veteran, Tarrant Post Office was established in March 1847. A two-story frame courthouse was begun in 1851, but lack of funds delayed completion for two years.

Tarrant quickly grew into a thriving frontier town with a tannery, steam mill, blacksmith shop, brick kiln, and hotel. After 1851, it had a Masonic Lodge and school. During the 1850s, a newspaper, the "Texas Star," began publication, and a Methodist college opened.

Encircled by creeks, the town was difficult to reach in bad weather. The inconvenience of travel to Tarrant led Capt. Thomas M. Tolman in 1868 to transfer county records to Sulphur Springs, where Federal troops under his command were stationed after the Civil War to enforce Reconstruction laws. Despite local protests, county government remained there until civilian rule was restored in 1870. The return to Tarrant was brief, because the State Legislature in 1870 named Sulphur Springs as permanent county seat. Soon Tarrant
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began to decline. A rural community and old cemetery now mark the site of the first Hopkins County Seat.
Erected 1975 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 7330.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommercePolitical SubdivisionsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1847.
Location. 33° 11.924′ N, 95° 35.296′ W. Marker is in Sulphur Springs, Texas, in Hopkins County. Marker is on Texas Route 154, 0.4 miles south of County Road 4761, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sulphur Springs TX 75482, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Roadside Park (approx. 3.1 miles away); Confederate Refugees in Texas, C. S. A. (approx. 3.1 miles away); Sulphur Springs Volunteer Fire Department and Fire Bell of 1889 (approx. 3.9 miles away); George and Myra Wilson (approx. 4 miles away); Hopkins County Echo-Daily News-Telegram (approx. 4.1 miles away); First United Methodist Church of Sulphur Springs (approx. 4.2 miles away); Sulphur Springs Loan and Building Association (approx. 4.2 miles away); Hopkins County Courthouse (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sulphur Springs.
View looking south towards Sulphur Springs. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, June 25, 2018
2. View looking south towards Sulphur Springs.
View looking north towards. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Hilton, June 25, 2018
3. View looking north towards.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 5, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 440 times since then and 120 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 5, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.

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