Hamilton in Hamilton County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Elizabeth (Ann) Whitney, a native of Missouri, accepted a teaching position at a newly erected rural school located about seven miles north of present day Hamilton in 1867. This school, called the Leon River School, was situated on a rise overlooking the Warlene Valley. On a hot summer afternoon in 1867 Ann and her students were suddenly attacked by Comanche Indians. According to local tradition Ann was repeatedly struck by arrows fired through cracks in the schoolhouse walls. Although fatally injured she nevertheless bravely aided the escape of all but one of her young students.
Erected 1993 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5794.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers • Women. A significant historical year for this entry is 1867.
Location. 31° 42.664′ N, 98° 7.262′ W. Marker is in Hamilton, Texas, in Hamilton County. Marker is at the intersection of East Francis Marion and North Rice Street (U.S. 281), on the right when travelingTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 567 North Rice Street, Hamilton TX 76531, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Ann Whitney (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); John J. ("Jack") Durham (about 500 feet away); Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hamilton National Bank (approx. half a mile away); Historic Leon River Bridge (approx. half a mile away); Lest We Forget (approx. half a mile away); Chesley Building (approx. half a mile away); James Drugstore (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hamilton.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 20, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 20, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 173 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 20, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.