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Arcola in Brazoria County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Duke Community

 
 
Duke Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, February 29, 2020
1. Duke Community Marker
Inscription.  

In 1824, Old Three-Hundred settlers David Fitzgerald, Thomas Barnett and Moses Shipman received land grants in this area. Fitzgerald fought at Anahuac in 1832; Barnett signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. This location on the northeastern high bluff of Clear Lake, an ample supply of water for steam engines, led to the construction of railroads here by the mid-1800s. Duke was terminus of the Sugar Land Railway for loading sugarcane. The area developed as a major shipping point with a store, hotel, livestock pen, and sugar mills. It was named for Duke Hessey, the storekeeper. Duke had a post office from 1883 to 1922; the first Postmaster was J.R. Fenn. Today, Duke Cemetery is the only remnant of this once-thriving community.
Marker is property of the State of Texas
 
Erected 2008 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15315.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 29° 30.718′ N, 95° 28.229′ 
Duke Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, February 29, 2020
2. Duke Community Marker
The marker is in this group of three markers.
W. Marker is in Arcola, Texas, in Brazoria County. Marker is on State Highway 6 one mile west of Farm to Market Road 521, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rosharon TX 77583, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Daniel Perry (here, next to this marker); The Fitzgerald and Fenn Families (here, next to this marker); Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado (approx. 8.7 miles away); Stafford's Point (approx. 10.3 miles away); Booth (approx. 10.9 miles away); The 1937 Pearland High School (approx. 11.8 miles away); First United Methodist Church of Pearland (approx. 11.8 miles away); Zychlinski Park (approx. 11.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arcola.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 4, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 58 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 4, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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