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Near Briggs in Burnet County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Community of Briggs

 
 
The Community of Briggs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, December 2, 2007
1. The Community of Briggs Marker
Inscription. Pioneers mainly from the Old South settled here on the Aaron Boyce land grant in the 1860s and 70s. They had a school, and held church services, at Gum Springs in the 1880s. In 1888 a post office opened at Taylor's Gin Store; this was renamed in 1898 for Mrs. Henry D. Briggs, an early settler. On April 12, 1906, a tornado destroyed much of the village. Afterward Briggs was rebuilt on a platted townsite; it thrived from 1906 to 1920, but began declining after a 1928 fire. Many of the townspeople have worked since 1950 at Fort Hood, in neighboring Bell County.
 
Erected 1977 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 9702.)
 
Location. 30° 53.029′ N, 97° 55.308′ W. Marker is near Briggs, Texas, in Burnet County. Marker is at the intersection of US-183 and CR-218, on the right when traveling north on US-183. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Briggs TX 78608, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Briggs State Bank (approx. 0.3 miles away); Prairie View Cemetery (approx. 1.7 miles away); Mahomet-Sycamore Springs Community (approx. 4.4 miles away); Mount Horeb Lodge
1923 Public School Building image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, December 2, 2007
2. 1923 Public School Building
Now the Briggs Community Center.
(approx. 4.5 miles away); Mahomet Cemetery (approx. 4.7 miles away); Smart-McCormick Home (approx. 5.4 miles away); Gillum Cemetery (approx. 5.6 miles away); Smith Cemetery (approx. 6.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Briggs.
 
Also see . . .
1. Briggs, TX. (Submitted on February 13, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.)
2. Handbook of Texas Online. Briggs, TX (Submitted on February 13, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.) 

3. Texas Escapes article about the tornado of 1906. Includes wonderful photos. (Submitted on March 17, 2012, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 

4. Briggs, Brief Annals of the Times and People, From Gum Springs to 1960. The definitive history for Briggs, TX, this book edited by Ernest Langford has long been out of publication, and finding a copy is very difficult. It has now been scanned and is available on-line. (Submitted on March 17, 2012, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
Main Street Briggs, "boiler" being moved, circa 1908 image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney
3. Main Street Briggs, "boiler" being moved, circa 1908
This picture shows a boiler being moved from the G.E. West Gin to Briggs in about 1908. It was bought by Lloyd and John Ellison. In the picture are John Ellison and his team of oxen, Lloyd Ellison, Sid Jordan, Jim Jordan, Homer Jordan, Jim Presslar, A.W. Horne, J.T. Harton, Jim Harton, Edwin Harton (age 3), J.M. West driver (right), W.M. Hall driving team (left), Charlie O. West, Hill DeWolf, John E. Moore (on crutches), Doyle Moore, and Bryan Goodloe (wearing cap with wagon being drawn by cows to right). Sign on building on left reads “RESTAURANT & Cold Drinks”. Another sign in back reads “GROCERY".
The Community of Briggs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, December 2, 2007
4. The Community of Briggs Marker
Looking north.
Historic photo of Briggs, Texas. image. Click for full size.
By Joe Williams
5. Historic photo of Briggs, Texas.
Photo courtesy of Jimmy Williams, grandson of photographer, Joe Williams.
Historic photo of Briggs following the 1906 tornado image. Click for full size.
By Joe Williams
6. Historic photo of Briggs following the 1906 tornado
Photo courtesy of Jimmy Williams, grandson of photographer, Joe Williams.
The Briggs State Bank Building image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, December 2, 2007
7. The Briggs State Bank Building
The Community of Briggs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Joe Williams
8. The Community of Briggs Marker
Photo courtesy of Jimmy Williams, grandson of photographer, Joe Williams.
Goodloe home, Briggs, Texas image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney
9. Goodloe home, Briggs, Texas
Goodloe home in Briggs, Texas. Left to right: Bryan Goodloe (little boy wearing cap and "dress"), John Goodloe and wife Margaret Jane (Montgomery) Goodloe, Madeline Goodloe (Richard Denney’s grandmother), Beulah and Ernest Goodloe. Two ladies to right may be Miss Alice Harta (sp?) and Pearl Hale. Photo is probably late 1800s. Margaret died in 1901 of the "white plague" (TB) that swept the country in the late 19th century, including Briggs. John and Margaret are both buried in the Mount Moriah Cemetery, Briggs.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 13, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 936 times since then and 42 times this year. Last updated on November 21, 2011, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 13, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   3. submitted on December 15, 2011, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   4. submitted on February 13, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   5, 6. submitted on November 21, 2011, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   7. submitted on February 13, 2010, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   8. submitted on November 21, 2011, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   9. submitted on December 11, 2011, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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