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Anson in Jones County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Jones County

 
 
Jones County Marker Inscription Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 8, 2014
1. Jones County Marker Inscription Tablet
Inscription. Site of Emigrant Trail, the Frontier Military Road, and Fort Phantom Hill, founded in 1851 to guard the military road.
     County created 1858 from Bexar and Bosque counties. Named for Anson Jones (1798–1858), a veteran of San Jacinto, Minister to the U.S., Secretary of State and last president of the Texas Republic.
     Phantom Hill, in 1858–1861 a Butterfield Overland Mail station, was in 1861–1865 a Civil War patrol point, trying to curb frontier raids by Indians. The county was recreated in 1876, organized 1881. Anson (at first called Jones City) is county seat.
 
Erected 1936 by State of Texas. (Marker Number 2844.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Texas 1936 Centennial Markers and Monuments marker series.
 
Location. 32° 45.374′ N, 99° 53.812′ W. Marker is in Anson, Texas, in Jones County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Court Plaza (U.S. 83/277) and 12th Street. Touch for map. Marker is located near the front (south) entrance of the Jones County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Anson TX 79501, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Anson Jones (here, next to this marker); Jones County Courthouse
Jones County Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 8, 2014
2. Jones County Marker






(here, next to this marker); Fort Phantom Hill C.S.A. / Texas Civil War Frontier Defense (here, next to this marker); Omar Burleson (within shouting distance of this marker); Anson Opera House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Presbyterian Church Building (about 600 feet away); First United Methodist Church of Anson (approx. 0.2 miles away); Cowboys' Christmas Ball (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anson.
 
More about this marker. The marker was originally installed in 1936 at the intersection of US 83 and US 277 north of Anson. The marker text read:

Formed from Bexar and Bosque Counties
Created February 1, 1858
Recreated August 21, 1876
Organized June 13, 1881

Named in Honor of

Anson Jones, 1798-1858
A San Jacinto Veteran. Member of
the Texas Congress, 1837-1841.
Minister to the United States 1838
Secretary of State, 1841-1844. Last
President of the Republic of Texas

County Seat, Phantom Hill
Temporarily in 1881. Anson,
First Known as
Markers and Monuments in Front of Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 8, 2014
3. Markers and Monuments in Front of Courthouse
Jones County Marker is left of the Jones Monument
Jones City, Since

The marker was subsequently moved to the grounds of the county courthouse and the inscription text of the marker was modified when the marker was restored in 1965.

Source: Neff, Pat M., et al (1938). Monuments Erected by the State of Texas to Commemorate the Centenary of Texas Independence. Austin: Commission of Control for Texas Centennial Celebrations, p. 182.
 
Also see . . .  Jones County. From the Texas State Historical Association's "Handbook of Texas Online". (Submitted on November 17, 2014.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesRoads & VehiclesSettlements & Settlers
 
Jones County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, November 8, 2014
4. Jones County Courthouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 17, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 287 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 17, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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