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Somerville in Burleson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

James W. Lauderdale

 
 
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By Jim Evans, June 8, 2014
1. James W. Lauderdale Marker
The marker is located behind the bell tower
Inscription. This railroad bell was given in memory of James W. Lauderdale (1854-1914), Burleson County pioneer. He came by covered wagon caravan from Mississippi to Texas. In 1888 he married Florence Brooks. They had four children: Cyrus, Davis, Charles and Erin. Lauderdale was a land owner, rock quarrier and successful stockman with the first Hereford cattle in the area. He was instrumental in bringing Santa Fe tie plant to Somerville. Ties came from East Texas pineywoods via Beaumont branch, creosote from Germany via Galveston, water from Lauderdale's big lake (now Big Creek Marina).
Given in appreciation and with affection by his daughter Erin Lockhart.
 
Location. 30° 20.779′ N, 96° 31.705′ W. Marker is in Somerville, Texas, in Burleson County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East 8th Street and Avenue A, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is located behind the bell tower. Marker is in this post office area: Somerville TX 77879, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. 1906 Reunion of Hood's Texas Brigade (here, next to this marker); Somerville (here, next to this marker); Site of the Somerville Harvey House
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By Jim Evans
2. James W. Lauderdale Marker
(here, next to this marker); Yegua Creek (approx. 1.7 miles away); Glenblythe Plantation, Home of Thomas Affleck (approx. 5.6 miles away); La Bahia Road (approx. 5.8 miles away); Thomas Affleck (approx. 7.3 miles away); Waul's Texas Legion Campsite (approx. 7.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Somerville.
 
Categories. Railroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers
 
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By Jim Evans
3. James W. Lauderdale Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 10, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 304 times since then and 76 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 10, 2014, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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