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Eagle Lake in Colorado County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Town of Eagle Lake

 
 
Town of Eagle Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Gregory Walker, April 2, 2010
1. Town of Eagle Lake Marker
Inscription.  Named for lake where in 1821 exploring party of Stephen F. Austin killed an eagle. In 1851 resident Gamaliel Good started a Houston-to-San Antonio Stage line with lakeside headquarters. In 1856, with D. W. C. Harris, Good platted Eagle Lake townsite. The Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado Railroad reached here in 1859.

Early a cattle and farm market; after 1898 had rice production; later ranked as oil center and shipper of sand and gravel. Now fishing and goose hunting mecca.

Home town of Gen. H. H. Johnson (born in 1895), military governor of Rome, Italy in the 1940s.
 
Erected 1970 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 1325.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1821.
 
Location. 29° 35.33′ N, 96° 20.05′ W. Marker is in Eagle Lake, Texas, in Colorado County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street and North McCarty Avenue, on the right when traveling north on East Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Eagle Lake TX 77434, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eagle Lake Settlement Centennial Monument (a few steps from this marker); Rice Area Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Rice Culture in Colorado County (within shouting distance of this marker); City Hall – Fire Station – Jail (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hotel Dallas 1912 (about 400 feet away); Zeno Smith (about 500 feet away); Methodism in Eagle Lake (approx. 0.3 miles away); Eagle Lake High (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Eagle Lake.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. More about the Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado Railroad.
 
Town of Eagle Lake Marker location. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Gregory Walker, April 2, 2010
2. Town of Eagle Lake Marker location.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 26, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 815 times since then and 27 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 26, 2010, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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