San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Old Powder Mill
Started here by early Spanish settlers; for making powder to hunt meat and resist Indians. Used charcoal made of wood of Hill Country. From bat guano in such caves as Longhorn Caverns, got saltpeter. Sulphur came by ox-cart or wagon from Mexico. These ingredients blended were highly explosive. Though powder was dampened during the work of grinding it fine, fires at the mill were not uncommon. In the Civil War, 1861-1865, supplied powder to state and frontier troops and the home guard. Workers were young boys and men past military age.
Erected 1965 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 4102.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US Civil • Wars, US Indian.
Location. 29° 25.17′ N, 98° 28.1′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker is at the intersection of East Commerce Street and North Monumental Street, on the left when traveling east on East Commerce Street. The marker is located on the street corner of Commerce and Monumental.Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Antonio TX 78203, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Clara Driscoll (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Lang Sinclair (about 300 feet away); James Nathaniel Fisk (about 400 feet away); D.A. (Jack) Harris (about 500 feet away); Lost Burial Place of the Alamo Defenders (approx. 0.2 miles away); San Antonio National Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); A National Cemetery System (approx. 0.2 miles away); Captain Lee Hall (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Antonio.
Also see . . . Powder mill. A powder mill was a mill where gunpowder is made from sulfur, saltpeter and charcoal. Source: Wikipedia (Submitted on December 26, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
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