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Near Yantis in Wood County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Site of Little Indiana School

 
 
Site of Little Indiana School marker (with bullet holes). image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 1, 2019
1. Site of Little Indiana School marker (with bullet holes).
Inscription.  In 1900 a group of Indiana families, led by John M. Hart and Roland Alexander, migrated to this area of Texas. They arrived to find the land, which had been promoted as abundant in timber and rich soil, to be unfertile and susceptible to flooding. Many of the pioneers returned to their home state, but those who remained established a community they named Little Indiana.

Soon after their arrival, the settlers of Little Indiana set aside land for a school. Construction of the schoolhouse was a community effort. Logs were hauled by oxen-drawn wagons to the local sawmill, where they were cut for use in the building project. The seven-grade Little Indiana School opened about 1901, with Alta Alexander Hart as the sole teacher. Later teachers included Hazel Alexander, Harrison Bullock, William McCreight, and Ola McCreight.

The community grew for several years; by 1907, however, illness and poor crops brought about the abandonment of Little Indiana. The school and other establishments closed, and though many of the settlers returned to Indiana, others moved to different parts of Texas.

Little Indiana School, while short-lived, remains

The view northerly towards Lake Fork. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 1, 2019
2. The view northerly towards Lake Fork.
part of the history of Wood County's early pioneering efforts.
 
Erected 1983 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 8975.)
 
Location. 32° 55.432′ N, 95° 29.563′ W. Marker is near Yantis, Texas, in Wood County. Marker is on County Road 1388 0.4 miles east of Farm to Market Road 2225, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Yantis TX 75497, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Baptist Church of Quitman (approx. 9.1 miles away); The Cathey Buildings (approx. 9.1 miles away); Wood County Courthouse (approx. 9.2 miles away); James Stephen Hogg (approx. 9.2 miles away); County Divided into School Districts (approx. 9.2 miles away); Ambrose Fitzgerald (approx. 9.2 miles away); James Stephen Hogg's Early Home (approx. 9 miles away); J. H. Jones and the Old Settlers Reunion Grounds (approx. 9 miles away).
 
Categories. AgricultureEducationSettlements & Settlers
 
Looking west on County Road 1388. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, September 1, 2019
3. Looking west on County Road 1388.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 7, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 7, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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