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Near Huntsville in Walker County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Henderson Yoakum Homesite

 
 
Henderson Yoakum Homesite Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 21, 2021
1. Henderson Yoakum Homesite Marker
Inscription.  Soldier and politician Henderson Yoakum (1810-1856) arrived in Texas in Oct. 1845 from Tennessee. In Dec. 1847, he purchased 640 acres from J.H. Shepherd seven miles east of Huntsville. At this site Yoakum built a center hall country home from hand-hewn logs and mill-sawn framing and moved from Huntsville. He divided his time between practicing law, teaching at Austin College, and researching and writing. It was here that he wrote a comprehensive two volume history of Texas, published in 1855 and still significant among historical writings. In 1876, the Texas Legislature created and named Yoakum County in his honor. A Texas centennial historical marker was placed at the site of his home in Shepherd's Valley in 1936.
 
Erected 2016 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18421.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: CommunicationsEducationWar, Texas Independence. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1847.
 
Location. 30° 39.636′ N, 95° 27.133′ W. Marker is near Huntsville, Texas, in Walker County
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. Marker is at the intersection of Four Notch Road and Dorrell Road, on the left when traveling north on Four Notch Road. The marker is located on the west side of Four Notch Road and south of the railroad tracks. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Huntsville TX 77340, 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. Black Jack Methodist Church and Cemetery (approx. one mile away); Sam Houston (approx. 3½ miles away); Elijah Collard (approx. 5.7 miles away); Boswell Baptist Church (approx. 5.8 miles away); Minnie Fisher Cunningham (approx. 6.1 miles away); Captain Joe Byrd Cemetery (approx. 6.2 miles away); Site of Boettcher's Mill (approx. 6.3 miles away); Josey Boy Scout Lodge (approx. 6.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Huntsville.
 
Also see . . .  Yoakum, Henderson King (1810–1856).
On October 6, 1845, Yoakum established residence at Huntsville, Texas, and on December 2, 1845, was admitted to the Texas bar. In 1846 he was instrumental in making Huntsville the county seat of Walker County. At the outbreak of the Mexican War he volunteered as a private under John C. (Jack) Hays and served at Monterrey as a lieutenant under James Gillaspie. With the expiration of his enlistment on October 2, 1846, he returned to his law practice at Huntsville, where Sam Houston was his close friend
Henderson Yoakum Homesite Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 21, 2021
2. Henderson Yoakum Homesite Marker
and client.  Source: The Handbook of Texas
(Submitted on August 24, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
The view of the Henderson Yoakum Homesite Marker from the road image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 21, 2021
3. The view of the Henderson Yoakum Homesite Marker from the road
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 24, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 205 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 24, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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