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Hurst in Tarrant County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

William Letchworth Hurst


William Letchworth Hurst Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jackson Frye
1. William Letchworth Hurst Marker

A native of Tennessee, William Letchworth "Uncle Billy" Hurst (1833-1922) served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. As a member of the Sixty-First Tennessee Infantry, he was involved in fighting near Vicksburg, Mississippi. Following the surrender of his unit to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in 1863, and his subsequent release, he joined in the reorganization of his outfit as the Sixty-First Tennessee Mounted Infantry. Captured in December 1863 near Tazwell, Tennessee, Hurst spent the remainder of the war in military prisons in Kentucky and Illinois.

In 1870 Hurst and his wife Mary (Lynch) (1835-1908) joined other residents of Claiborne County, Tennessee, who had migrated to Texas. By adding property to his first land purchase in 1872, Hurst became a prominent land speculator in the area. In 1903 he granted a right-of-way across his farm for the construction of a Rock Island rail line. In exchange, the company named a rail stop and depot for him. Later it became the town of Hurst.

Honored for many years by his friends and relatives with festive birthday celebrations, Hurst was the father of 14 children and had
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over 100 grandchildren. Many family descendants still live in the area.
Erected 1981 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 5836.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil.
Location. 32° 49.389′ N, 97° 11.393′ W. Marker is in Hurst, Texas, in Tarrant County. Marker is on Heritage Circle south of West Pipeline Road, on the left when traveling south. The marker is located in Heritage Village Plaza. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hurst TX 76053, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Florence School (approx. 1˝ miles away); Arwine Cemetery (approx. 2 miles away); a different marker also named Arwine Cemetery (approx. 2 miles away); Smithfield Masonic Lodge No. 455 A.F. & A.M. (approx. 3.3 miles away); Smithfield Baptist Church (approx. 3.3 miles away); Site of Bedford School (approx. 3.3 miles away); Smithfield Cemetery (approx. 3.3 miles away); Veterans and First Responders Memorial flag pole (approx. 3.3 miles away).
William Letchworth Hurst Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jackson Frye
2. William Letchworth Hurst Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on October 11, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 11, 2021, by J Frye of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 240 times since then and 91 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 11, 2021, by J Frye of Fort Worth, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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