La Grange in Fayette County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1867
When yellow fever struck La Grange in August 1867, many citizens left town hoping to avoid the disease. Within a few weeks, as homes with "yellow jack" were quarantined and businesses closed, La Grange appeared deserted. In some cases, entire families were lost as caregivers fell ill after tending the sick. Indiscriminate to age, race or class, the disease struck the wealthy and prominent as well as the poor. Several doctors, the district judge, the sheriff, and both the district and county clerks were among its casualties. While yellow fever affected many communities, its toll on La Grange was catastrophic with fatalities estimated at over 200, fifteen to twenty percent of the total population. Evidence of the epidemic may be seen
Erected 2016 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18523.)
Location. 29° 54.672′ N, 96° 52.078′ W. Marker is in La Grange, Texas, in Fayette County. Marker is on East Colorado Street east of North College Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Located on north side of Old La Grange Cemetery. Marker is in this post office area: La Grange TX 78945, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fayette County, C.S.A. (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old City Cemetery (about 400 feet away); Bradshaw-Killough House (approx. half a mile away); City Library Building (approx. 0.6 miles away); The First U.S. Postal Rural Mail Route in Texas (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Dawson Expedition / Historic Oak Tree (approx. ¾ mile away); The Dawson Memorial (approx. ¾ mile away); Fayette County Courthouse (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in La Grange.
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 17, 2017, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 132 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 17, 2017, by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.