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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Rusk in Cherokee County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Cherokee County

Cherokee County Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Gustafson, February 19, 2011
1. Cherokee County Marker
Inscription.  Cherokee County has a rich and varied history. Spanish and French explorers of the seventeenth century found Tejas and Hasinai Indians living in this area, and Spanish missions were established in the region.

Driven out of the United States, the Cherokee Indians migrated to this area about 1822, and were here at the time of early Anglo-American colonization in the 1820s and 1830s. Under the administration of Republic of Texas President Mirabeau B. Lamar, the Cherokee were expelled from area in 1839.

Following formal creation of Cherokee County from Nacogdoches County in 1846, settlement of the area increased rapidly. Family farms and towns soon sprung up throughout the county. The building of roads and the advancement of railroads and river navigation contributed further to settlement.

The chief economic base of the county from its beginning, agriculture remained a vital force as industrialization and business interests developed. The establishment of schools and churches formed the basis for the area's social history.

Cherokee County has been the birthplace of two Texas governors, one governor of Wyoming,
Cherokee County Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Gustafson, February 19, 2011
2. Cherokee County Marker
Beside Cherokee County Courthouse Marker.
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and one Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.
Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986

Erected 1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 6627.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ExplorationNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1822.
Location. 31° 47.736′ N, 95° 8.989′ W. Marker is in Rusk, Texas, in Cherokee County. Marker is on East Sixth Street (U.S. 84) west of Henderson Avenue, on the left when traveling west. Located on the north side of the Courthouse Square. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 201 East 6th Street, Rusk TX 75785, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cherokee County Courthouse (here, next to this marker); Cherokee County C.S.A. (within shouting distance of this marker); Norman Law Firm (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of the Union Hotel/Bracken House/Acme Hotel (about 300 feet away); Bachelor Girl's Library Club (about 400 feet away); The James I. Perkins Family Home (about 600 feet away); Rusk Footbridge (about 700 feet away); Site of Sam Houston Speeches (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rusk.
Also see . . .  Cherokee County History.
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John R. Ross, "CHEROKEE COUNTY," Handbook of Texas (Online). Published by the Texas State Historical Association. (Submitted on March 3, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Richmond, Virginia.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 3, 2011, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 659 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 3, 2011, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 7, 2022