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Canton in Van Zandt County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Caldwell Walton Raines

(September 18, 1839 - August 2, 1906)

 
 
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By Steve Gustafson, March 4, 2012
1. Caldwell Walton Raines Marker
Inscription.  Born in Georgia, Raines came to Texas in 1858. After serving in Gen. R. M. Gano's Texas Cavalry Regiment in the Civil War, he was a teacher in New Braunfels and a lawyer in Canton. Van Zandt County Judge from 1876 to 1878, he played a major role in the infamous County Seat War of 1877. He published newspapers at Wills Point, Mineola, and Quitman. In Quitman he became Wood County Judge and was appointed State Librarian in 1891 by his friend Governor James Stephen Hogg. Raines rebuilt the neglected state library and began its invaluable collection of Texana from 1895 to 1899 and again from 1899 until his death.

Researched by Annette Herndon Plemmons
 
Erected 1998 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 11435.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicCharity & Public WorkCommunicationsEducationSettlements & SettlersWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 32° 33.382′ N, 95° 51.775′ 
Caldwell Walton Raines Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, March 4, 2012
2. Caldwell Walton Raines Marker
Marker located to the left of courthouse entrance and street sign.
W. Marker is in Canton, Texas, in Van Zandt County. Marker is on East Dallas Street (State Highway 64) east of South Buffalo Street (State Highway 198), on the left when traveling east. Located in front of courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 121 E Dallas St, Canton TX 75103, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Van Zandt County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Site of 1896 Van Zandt County Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Oran Milo Roberts (a few steps from this marker); John H. Reagan (within shouting distance of this marker); Hillcrest Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brady P. Gentry (approx. 10.6 miles away); The Free State of Van Zandt (approx. 10.7 miles away); Battle of the Neches (approx. 10.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Canton.
 
Also see . . .  Cadwell Walton Raines. The Handbook of Texas Online, Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on April 3, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on April 2, 2012, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 587 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 2, 2012, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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