Leonard in Fannin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Settlers began arriving in this area in the 1840s and 1850s. Solomon L. Leonard (1811-1861) planned to move here from Missouri because of his sympathy with the Confederate cause. Before his death, he accumulated holdings of 10,000 acres on the prairie around Wildcat Thicket, where fugitives and outlaws often hid. Bob Lee (1834-1869), a leader in the Lee-Peacock feud, and a Confederate Army captain, was ambushed in the thicket by Union sympathizers.
In 1880 when the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad came through, the Leonard heirs had the 100-acre townsite of Leonard laid out. They donated land for a depot, streets, a small park, and this town square. On July 22, 1880, a public auction took place here to sell town lots. A picnic was held and continues as an annual event. Mark Daniels bought the first lot and erected a saloon. Soon there was a hotel, a post office, and "The Graphic" newspaper. By 1881 a schoolhouse was built and area churches moved into town.
Leonard was incorporated in 1889 and the town boundaries were extended one-half mile in each direction from the city hall building on the town square. For years Leonard
Erected 1979 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 8908.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 33° 22.789′ N, 96° 14.897′ W. Marker is in Leonard, Texas, in Fannin County. Marker is on Fannin Street west of South Main Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Leonard TX 75452, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First United Methodist Church of Leonard (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Presbyterian Church of Leonard (approx. 0.3 miles away); Dr. William Chamberlayne Jones (approx. 0.4 miles away); John Cadwallader Neale (approx. 0.4 miles away); Burns Cemetery (approx. 5.8 miles away); Ashley Lodge No. 681, A. F. & A. M. (approx. 6 miles away); Indian Creek Baptist Church and Cemetery (approx. 6.2 miles away); First Methodist Church of Trenton (approx. 6.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leonard.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 25, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 24, 2020, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. This page has been viewed 21 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 24, 2020, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.