Centerville in Leon County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Named for its proximity to Boggy Creek, the fort consisted of two blockhouses with eleven dwellings inside an area of about 5000 square feet. A military company, authorized by Texas President Mirabeau B. Lamar, was formed under the leadership of Capt. Thomas Greer to protect the fort. According to one account, 77 people moved into the fort upon its completion. Illness proved to be a major problem for them.
In 1841, while leading a scouting party beyond the fort, Captain Greer was killed in an Indian attack. Soon after, the threat of raids lessened, and the need for Fort Boggy no longer was vital. For many years, however, a community church and school retained the name "Boggy."
As an early aid in the settlement of this area, Fort Boggy remains significant to the history of Leon County.
Location. 31° 11.665′ N, 95° 59.64′ W. Marker is in Centerville, Texas, in Leon County. Marker is on Interstate 45, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. This marker is in a southbound rest area on I-45 about 5 miles south of Centerville, Texas, just west of Fort Boggy State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Centerville TX 75833, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Leon County (approx. 1.9 miles away); Site of the First Court House Built in Leon County (approx. 3.1 miles away); Leon County Courthouse (approx. 4½ miles away); El Camino Real (approx. 13.7 miles away).
Also see . . . Fort Boggy - The Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) (Submitted on July 4, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 4, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 2, 2018, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Last updated on July 4, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. Photos: 1. submitted on July 2, 2018, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. 2. submitted on July 4, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.