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Near Nemo in Somervell County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Barnard's Trading Post No. 2

 
 
Barnard's Trading Post No. 2 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 15, 2021
1. Barnard's Trading Post No. 2 Marker
Inscription.  The Torrey Brothers of Connecticut and their childhood friend George Barnard, with President Sam Houston as a partner, contracted to build a series of trading posts along the Brazos River in 1843. Barnard's friendly manner made the Indians his friends, paving the way for more peaceful frontier settlement. In 1846, George ransomed a young girl, Juana Cavasos, from a group of Comanches at the post on Tehuacana Creek near Waco for $300. By 1847 she had married his brother Charles.

In 1849, Charles and George established a post within this valley where Charles and Juana would live, in view of Comanche Peak in modern-day Hood County, the second post was four miles north of this site and near a Shawnee-Delaware village. Trading goods from a bulletproof "Dog-Run" log house, the brothers did an excellent business, and Juana's influence on the region equaled theirs. Two Anglo communities sprang up in the area: George's Creek and Fort Spunky.

The government relocated the area's Indian population to Oklahoma in 1859; the need for a trading post dwindled. 1860 found Charles and Juana beginning a community on the Paluxy River, where
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he built a large stone gristmill. The town that grew around the mill was called Barnard's Mill, later renamed Glen Rose.
 
Erected 1998 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12197.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1843.
 
Location. 32° 16.835′ N, 97° 37.277′ W. Marker is near Nemo, Texas, in Somervell County. Marker is at the intersection of U.S. 67 and County Highway 308, on the right when traveling west on U.S. 67. The marker is located along a small roadside pullout. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Nemo TX 76070, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. George's Creek Baptist Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); Squaw Creek Indian Fight, 1864 (approx. 6.6 miles away); Dry Cleaners Building (approx. 8.3 miles away); Telephone Switchboard (approx. 8.3 miles away); Lanham Mill Schoolhouse (approx. 8.3 miles away); Wheeler-Epps-McMahon Cabin (approx. 8.3 miles away); Captain J.J. Farr House (approx. 8.3 miles away); a different marker also named Captain J.J. Farr House (approx. 8.3 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Barnard, George (1818–1883)
The Barnard's Trading Post No. 2 Marker along the highway image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 15, 2021
2. The Barnard's Trading Post No. 2 Marker along the highway
. (Submitted on September 21, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
2. Barnard, Charles E. (1823–1900). (Submitted on September 21, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
3. Barnard, Juana Josefina Cavasos (1822–1906). (Submitted on September 21, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
 
The view of the Barnard's Trading Post No. 2 Marker from the highway image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, September 15, 2021
3. The view of the Barnard's Trading Post No. 2 Marker from the highway
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 21, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 753 times since then and 255 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 21, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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