League City in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Site of Galveston County Poor Farm
Poor farms were the accepted manner in which local governments cared for the less fortunate during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Those housed at the Galveston Poor Farm included county citizens who were poor, elderly, mentally ill, or convicted of crimes. All physically able residents were required to help with farming chores, including cultivating and harvesting crops and caring for farm animals. When residents' services were not needed at the farm, they were hired out to work for the County Road and Bridge Commission, or by local residents to help on their family farms.
Funding for maintaining the farm was inadequate, and complaints about living conditions were investigated by the county. Portions of the Poor Farm
The land lay dormant until 1928, when the Galveston County Park was established at the urging of local citizens. A pavilion was constructed in 1929, and the park became the site for recreational activities and social gatherings. The pavilion was refurbished in 1975 and reconstructed in 1994 after a fire. In 1985 the site was named the Walter G. Hall Park.
Erected 1997 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 7467.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Charity & Public Work. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1887.
Location. 29° 30.8′ N, 95° 6.109′ W. Marker is in League City, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Old Galveston Road (State Highway 3) and Houston Avenue. Located Walter Hall park near the baseball field. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 807 Highway 3 N, League City TX 77573, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fairview Cemetery (approx. half a mile away); Cypress Timbers (approx. 0.6 miles away); League Park (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named League Park (approx. 0.7 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. T.J. and Mary Lelia Dick House (approx. 0.7 miles away); St. Mary Mission Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Mainland Mission Churches (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in League City.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 29, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 839 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 29, 2011, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.