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Jefferson in Marion County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Marion County

City of Jefferson

 
 
Marion County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 24, 2014
1. Marion County Marker
Inscription.
Established in 1845. Named
in honor of Thomas Jefferson
(1743–1826)

Author of the Declaration
of Independence of the
United States

Early navigation headquarters on Cypress Bayou. County seat of Marion County since 1860.

Before water transportation was superseded by railroads during the seventies this city, in the midst of a prosperous plantation area, was the business center of northeast Texas.
 
Erected 1936 by The State of Texas. (Marker Number 8069.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments marker series.
 
Location. 32° 45.386′ N, 94° 20.645′ W. Marker is in Jefferson, Texas, in Marion County. Marker is at the intersection of South Polk Street (County Highway 134) and West Dallas Street, on the right when traveling south on South Polk Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 114 West Austin Street, Jefferson TX 75657, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Texas Statesman Charles Allen Culberson (within shouting distance of this marker); Marion County Courthouse (within shouting distance
Marion County Marker (<i>wide view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 24, 2014
2. Marion County Marker (wide view)
of this marker); Murphy Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Jefferson C.S.A. (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jay Gould Railroad Car (about 400 feet away); Excelsior House (about 500 feet away); Captain William Perry (about 500 feet away); Early Jefferson Lodge Building (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jefferson.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a weathered metal tablet mounted on a tall pink granite slab
 
Also see . . .  Marion County Texas. Due to a large natural log-jam and collection of snags on the Red River, known as the Red River Raft, which formed a series of navigable lakes and bayous in the river valleys of Marion County, Jefferson, founded in the early 1840s, rapidly developed a booming river trade with New Orleans. Jefferson quickly became the favored inland Texas port for the deposit and transport of North Texas agricultural produce. Thus, Marion County became the commercial conduit for frontier Texas and did not relinquish this position
Marion County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 24, 2014
3. Marion County Courthouse
until the establishment of transcontinental rail links that bypassed its wharves in the mid-1870s. Another important attribute of Marion County's early character was the geographical and cultural origins of its residents. Ninety percent of them migrated from the Deep South and the border states of Tennessee, Arkansas, and Missouri, bringing with them the slave economy of their former environment. (Submitted on December 5, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 4, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on December 4, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3. submitted on December 5, 2017, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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