Huntsville in Walker County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
The Huntsville Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1867
The first instance of yellow fever in Walker County occurred in 1853. Mosquitos from the Trinity River bottomlands northeast of Huntsville spread the disease rapidly through nearby Cincinnati. Town doctors did their best, but yellow fever was a relatively new disease in Texas and little was known about it. The second instance came in 1867 when a stagecoach passenger, who arrived sick from a coastal city, stayed at a Huntsville tavern. Soon after his death on August 9, the disease spread through Huntsville, claiming many lives. Many residents panicked and
Erected 2016 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18491.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Disasters • Science & Medicine. A significant historical year for this entry is 1867.
Location. 30° 43.607′ N, 95° 32.823′ W. Marker is in Huntsville, Texas, in Walker County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Avenue I and 9th Street. Marker is located in Oakwood Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Huntsville TX 77320, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General John Slater Besser (a few steps from this marker); Anthony Martin Branch (a few steps from this marker); Henderson Yoakum (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sam Houston Monument (within shouting distance The Death of Sam Houston (within shouting distance of this marker); Sam Houston (within shouting distance of this marker); Oakwood Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); James Addison Baker (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 6, 2019. It was originally submitted on February 6, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas. This page has been viewed 219 times since then and 56 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 6, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Humble, Texas.