Near Willis in Montgomery County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Site of former town of Danville
Founded before 1840 as trade center, rich plantation area. Many prominent families had Texas beginnings here. At peak, town had 15 businesses, several churches, good schools; refusing right-of-way to Houston & Great Northern Railway in 1870s, lost its people and commerce to new town of Willis, on the railroad. Sheperd Hill Cemetery (at this site) is all that remains of the once-thriving town.
Claim to enduring fame lies in memory of Jonathan Lindley, a Danville man who lost his life defending cause of Texas at the Alamo, March 6, 1836.
Erected 1970 by Texas Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 7872.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Settlements & Settlers • War, Texas Independence.
Location. 30° 28.85′ N, 95° 31.288′ W. Marker is near Willis, Texas, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Shepard Hill Road 1˝ miles west of Interstate 45, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 11249 Shepard Hill Road, Willis TX 77318, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of Willis Cigar Factory (approx. 4˝ miles away); Willis (approx. 4.6 miles away); Former Homesite of Joseph L. Bennett (approx. 10.3 miles away); Telegraph Road (approx. 10.3 miles away); Old Waverly (approx. 10˝ miles away); Montgomery County Jail (approx. 12.1 miles away); Montgomery County, C.S.A. (approx. 12.1 miles away); Town of Montgomery (approx. 12.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Willis.
Also see . . . Ghost town of Danville. (Submitted on September 3, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
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