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Lyons in Burleson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Lyons

 
 
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Photographed By James Hulse, August 9, 2022
1. Lyons Marker
Inscription.  An 1878 railway work camp; in 1880 became town of Lyon's Station, named for site donor, W.A. Lyon. Soon had 3 cotton gins, an oil mill, many businesses. In 1894 hosted first auto ever seen in this county, with rides for the daring. Now gateway to Lake Somerville Recreation Area.
 
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 8641.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EntertainmentIndustry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1878.
 
Location. 30° 23.192′ N, 96° 33.84′ W. Marker is in Lyons, Texas, in Burleson County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 36 and West Magnolia Drive on State Highway 36. The marker is located in front of the Lyons Community Center facing Highway 36. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Caldwell TX 77836, 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. Lyons Methodist Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Oaklawn Cemetery
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(approx. 2.1 miles away); First United Methodist Church of Somerville (approx. 3.3 miles away); Site of the Somerville Harvey House (approx. 3˝ miles away); 1906 Reunion of Hood's Texas Brigade (approx. 3˝ miles away); Somerville (approx. 3˝ miles away); James W. Lauderdale (approx. 3˝ miles away); Thomas J. Gary (approx. 3˝ miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Lyons, TX (Burleson County). Texas State Historical Association
Lyons is on State Highway 36 two miles from Lake Somerville in south central Burleson County. When the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway built its main line through Burleson County in 1880, a construction workers' camp, known as Camp Pennington, was established near what is now the site of Lyons. Saloons, established near the camp to serve the railroad workers, soon formed the basis for a small railroad community. Early settler W. A. Lyon gave fifty acres of land to the railroad for a right-of-way and established the first general store near the settlement. It was first called Lyon's Station but later became known as Lyons. It soon became the trading center for outlying communities and at one time was the second largest
Lyons Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 9, 2022
2. Lyons Marker
town in the county. Cattle, cotton, and cottonseed were regularly shipped by rail from the town. Businesses included a cotton warehouse, an oil mill, a millinery shop, a drugstore, a hotel, four general stores, three cotton gins, and several blacksmith shops, livery stables, and photo galleries.
(Submitted on August 18, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.) 
 
The Lyons Marker in front of the Lyons Community Center image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 9, 2022
3. The Lyons Marker in front of the Lyons Community Center
The view of the Lyons Marker along the highway image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, August 9, 2022
4. The view of the Lyons Marker along the highway
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2022. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 113 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 18, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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