Kerrville in Kerr County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Joshua D. Brown
Kerrville began when Joshua D. Brown (1816-1876) convinced nine men from Gonzales, Texas, to join him making shingles from the plentiful cypress trees along the Guadalupe River. They first arrived in 1846, though the local Indian tribes soon proved troublesome and drove them away. When Brown and the others returned two years later his shingle camp thrived, growing into the tiny village of Brownsborough. In 1856, Brown persuaded the first county commissioners to make the village the county seat, which he renamed "Kerrsville," in honor of his friend and fellow Kentucky native Major James Kerr (1790-1850). Brown fought for Texas Independence at the Battle of San Jacinto in 1836, he was a Civil War veteran, a family man, and the founder of Kerrville.
Erected by Kerr County Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers • War, Texas Independence. A significant historical year for this entry is 1846.
Location. 30° 2.836′ N, 99° 8.431′ W. Marker is in Kerrville, TexasTouch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kerrville TX 78028, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Charles A. Schreiner (here, next to this marker); Kerrville (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Settlers of Kerr County (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kerr County (about 300 feet away); James Kerr (about 300 feet away); The Schreiner Building (about 300 feet away); Floyd A. Cailloux (about 400 feet away); Old Kerrville Post Office (1936) (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kerrville.
Also see . . . Kerrville Texas. The Handbook of Texas (Submitted on December 13, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 13, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 27 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 13, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.