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

Jacob de Cordova

(June 6, 1808 - January 26, 1868)

Jacob De Cordova Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 14, 2016
1. Jacob De Cordova Marker
Inscription.  Born to a Jewish family in Spanishtown, Jamaica, British West Indies, Jacob de Cordova immigrated to Philadelphia about 1830. After a brief return to Jamaica where he founded a newspaper, he became engaged in trade between New Orleans and Texas. He and his brother Phineas (1819-1903) opened a shop in Galveston in 1837, then Jacob moved to Houston to establish a highly successful land agency.

When Galveston’s John S. Sydnor (1812-1869) acquired a large tract of land here on the Brazos River’s west bank in 1847, De Cordova was retained to survey and sell the property. He in turn hired George Bernard Erath (1813-1891) to conduct the survey. By 1848 De Cordova obtained control of the tract and journeyed here with Erath to lay out the town of Waco. About 1849 De Cordova also was retained to sell a vast tract near here on the east bank of the Brazos River.

De Cordova donated several lots to the new town, including this Waco Spring site, the common square, and sites for numerous schools and churches. He died while formulating a scheme to industrialize the Brazos River Valley and was buried at Kimball in Bosque County (about 45
Jacob De Cordova Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 14, 2016
2. Jacob De Cordova Marker
Located in Indian Spring Park between the Waco Suspension Bridge and the Washington Avenue Bridge
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mi. NW). In 1935 De Cordova’s remains were moved to the state cemetery in Austin.

Texas Sesquicentennial 1836 - 1986

Erected 1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2708.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesCommunicationsIndustry & CommerceSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical date for this entry is June 6, 1808.
Location. 31° 33.646′ N, 97° 7.692′ W. Marker is in Waco, Texas, in McLennan County. Marker can be reached from University Parks Drive east of Washington Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located west of the Waco Suspension Bridge in Indian Spring Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Waco TX 76701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Waco Suspension Bridge (within shouting distance of this marker); Waco Spring (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named The Waco Suspension Bridge (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Going Up The Chisholm Trail (about 800 feet away); Rotan Drive (approx. 0.2 miles away); Gerald-Harris Shooting (approx. ¼ mile away); Brann-Davis Shootings
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(approx. 0.3 miles away); The Courthouses of McLennan County (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waco.
Also see . . .  Jacob Raphael De Cordova. From the Texas State Historical Association’s “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on May 17, 2016.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on May 17, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 429 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on May 17, 2016, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.

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