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Hempstead in Waller County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Waller County

 
 
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By Brian Anderson, October 28, 2018
1. Waller County Marker
Inscription.  
Created from Austin and Grimes counties, April 28, and organized Aug. 16, 1873. Named for Edwin Waller (1800-1861), a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, 1836; Postmaster General, Texas Republic; First mayor of Austin.

Site of rich 1831-1874 Groce plantations, later home of sculptress Elisabet Ney.

Hempstead, founded 1857 during building of Houston & Texas Central Railroad, an important transportation center, is the county seat.

Since 1876, county has been site of Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College.

Economy is based on industry, diversified agriculture and oil production.

 
Erected 1936 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 8118.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Political SubdivisionsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities 🎓, and the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments series lists. A significant historical date for this entry is April 28, 1873.
 
Location. 30° 5.875′ 
Waller County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Anderson, October 28, 2018
2. Waller County Marker
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N, 96° 4.611′ W. Marker is in Hempstead, Texas, in Waller County. Marker is on Austin Street (Business U.S. 290), on the right when traveling west. Marker is located on the east end of the courthouse grounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 836 Austin Street, Hempstead TX 77445, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hempstead, C.S.A. (within shouting distance of this marker); Former Waller County Post Offices (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Courthouse Clock and Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); First United Methodist Church of Hempstead (approx. ¼ mile away); Ahrenbeck-Urban Home (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hempstead High School (approx. half a mile away); Captain Alfred H. Wyly (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Camp Site of the Texas Army (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hempstead.
 
More about this marker. Marker was originally placed in 1936. The inscription plaque was replaced in 1967.
 
Also see . . .  Waller County - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on October 29, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 1, 2018. It was originally submitted on October 29, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 78 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 29, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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