Soon after the birth of their first child in 1816, the Harmons sold their St. Martin Parish land and moved west. Although not much is known about their activities over the following decade, it is known they had settled along the eastern bank of the Sabine River by 1826. The next year, Harmon decided to relocate in this area. He built a massive raft of cypress logs which transported a house, a wagon, a pair of oxen, a horse, a cow, farm tools and supplies, and his family, which numbered five.
The Harmon family arrived here on January 1, 1828, and settled along the river until 1830, when they established a permanent home on Adams Bayou (2 mi. W). Their arrival at the present site of Orange marked the beginning of permanent settlement. Later, when the town developed, John Harmon was a saddler, a civic leader, and a prominent landowner. He died in 1874, but his contributions and pioneer spirit remain vital to the area's heritage.
Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986
Erected 1986 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker
Location. 30° 5.463′ N, 93° 43.858′ W. Marker is in Orange, Texas, in Orange County. Marker is on West Front Street east of Second Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Orange TX 77630, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. William Hewson and Dr. David Caldwell Hewson (here, next to this marker); Old Niblett's Bluff, C.S.A. (here, next to this marker); Site Of End Of The Line Station (here, next to this marker); The Sawmill Industry in Orange County (here, next to this marker); Atakapan Indians of Orange County (here, next to this marker); The Orange Leader (here, next to this marker); Hugh Ochiltree (here, next to this marker); George Alexander Pattillo (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Orange.
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