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Near Mexia in Limestone County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Old Springfield

 
 
Old Springfield Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, October 18, 2020
1. Old Springfield Marker
Inscription.  

Named for the large spring on townsite donated Jan. 6, 1838, by Moses Herrin, who gave 4 lots to any person agreeing to settle in the town. 12 families later in 1838 were forced out by Indian hostility. Post office was established in 1846. When Limestone County was created April 11, 1846. Springfield - its only town of any size - became county seat. First courthouse was built 1848 near Navasota River; new 2-story brick courthouse in 1856 on the hill.

Home of Springfield District of Methodist Church from which stemmed the Northwest Texas Conference.

Also had active Baptist and Disciples of Christ Churches. Springfield college was established, but closed during the Civil War. The Navasota Stock Raisers Association was organized here.

When Houston & Texas Central Railroad was built some miles to the east in 1870. Population dwindled.

In 1873 there were 2 great fires in the town - one burning the courthouse. Surviving buildings were moved away. Groesbeck became the county seat. The old cemetery and Springfield Lake, both in Fort Parker State Park, retain the historic name of the once important town. Lake Springfield
Old Springfield Marker image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, October 18, 2020
2. Old Springfield Marker
Looking toward the north along Highway 14.
provides recreation, irrigation and municipal water.
 
Erected 1966 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 3816.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: DisastersIndustry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 31° 35.403′ N, 96° 31.429′ W. Marker is near Mexia, Texas, in Limestone County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 14 and County Highway 456, on the right when traveling south on State Highway 14. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mexia TX 76667, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Civilian Conservation Corps at Fort Parker State Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Joseph Penn Lynch (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sanders Walker (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Springfield Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Fort Parker (approx. 2.3 miles away); Mrs. C.D. Kelly (approx. 3.3 miles away); Fort Parker Memorial Park (approx. 3.3 miles away); Groesbeck Independent School District (approx. 3.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mexia.
 
Regarding Old Springfield. The courthouse of Springfield was burned last week by incendiaries. It was a very good building valued at $15,000. The bound books of the District
The namesake spring of Springfield image. Click for full size.
By James Hulse, November 21, 2020
3. The namesake spring of Springfield
The spring is located 1/2 mile west of the marker at the Fort Parker State Park.
Clerk's office, containing the record of deeds and other land affairs, were saved. Other documents and papers were lost. We regret to learn that Judge Prendergast lost his valuable law library valued at $3,000.
Source - The Austin Weekly Statemen, July 3, 1873
 
Also see . . .  Springfield, Texas. TSHA Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on November 1, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 1, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 1, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.   3. submitted on December 2, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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