Refugio in Refugio County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Irish Immigrants in Refugio
The first group of Irish settlers arrived on the Texas Gulf Coast in 1834. A cholera epidemic and the loss of provisions and equipment in rough waters as the immigrants reached the shore delayed their arrival in Refugio, where they were to settle near the former Spanish mission of Nuestra Senora del Refugio. The colony soon was established, however, and almost immediately the new settlers were embroiled in the cause of Texas independence from Mexico. Many Irishmen fought in the Texas Army and later served in the Republic of Texas Congress.
The Irish people established a lasting presence in the Refugio area. Many descendants of the early immigrants still reside in the area, some on land granted to their ancestors in the 1830s.
Erected 1994 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 2652.)
Location. 28° Touch for map. Marker is located in King's Park. Marker is in this post office area: Refugio TX 78377, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Amon B. King (within shouting distance of this marker); Dennis M. O'Connor Public Library (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Colonel A. M. Hobby/Hobby's 8th Texas Infantry Regiment, C.S.A. (about 400 feet away); Refugio County Courthouse (about 400 feet away); Refugio County (about 400 feet away); Empresario James Power (about 400 feet away); Sally Scull (about 400 feet away); Site of Mission Nuestra Señora del Refugio (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Refugio.
Categories. • Settlements & Settlers • War, Texas Independence •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 4, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,131 times since then and 86 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on August 4, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.