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

Green Lake

Green Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Gregory Walker, October 18, 2012
1. Green Lake Marker
Inscription.  Named for the nearby tidal lake of the same name, the community of Green Lake began to develop in the late 1840s, although records indicate there were some settlers in the area before that time. A group of wealthy planters from Kentucky migrated to the area about 1849, along with their families and many slaves. They established extensive cotton plantations and built large and impressive homes.

Early in its history, in 1851, a tornado struck the settlement, but miraculously caused little property damage and no injuries. A private school was established in 1852 and served children of the Green Lake and surrounding communities.

The outbreak of the Civil War caused many changes in Green Lake. Following the U.S. surrender by General David Twiggs in 1861, Federal troops camped near here awaiting transport ships. With its agricultural economy based largely upon slave labor, Green Lake declined following the war when landowners, facing a labor shortage, began to leave the area. By 1875, most of the original settlers were gone.

Although in existence a relatively short period of time, Green Lake contributed to the history
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of Calhoun County.
Erected 1988 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2268.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWar, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1849.
Location. 28° 31.503′ N, 96° 47.645′ W. Marker is near Port Lavaca, Texas, in Calhoun County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 35 and State Highway 185, on the right when traveling west on State Highway 35. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Lavaca TX 77979, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Original Mission Refugio (approx. 1.4 miles away); Cotton Gins of Calhoun County (approx. 2.3 miles away); Hatch Cemetery (approx. 7.1 miles away); Sylvanus Hatch (approx. 7.1 miles away); Preston Rose Austin (approx. 7˝ miles away); Clark Cemetery (approx. 7˝ miles away); Calhoun County (approx. 8 miles away); Moses Johnson, M.D. (approx. 8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Lavaca.
Location of Green Lake Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Gregory Walker, October 18, 2012
2. Location of Green Lake Marker
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2012, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 746 times since then and 101 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 22, 2012, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Jun. 5, 2023