“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Crawford in McLennan County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)


Crawford Texas Historical Marker image. Click for full size.
By QuesterMark, June 27, 2014
1. Crawford Texas Historical Marker
Inscription. Located in an area of McLennan County once inhabited by Tonkawa Indians, the community of Crawford grew slowly from an 1850s settlement centered around Tonk Crossing (two miles northeast). The first townsite was at the crossroads of the Waco to Gatesville and Belton to Fort Graham trade routes. The exact source for the town's name is unknown, but possibilities include Coryell City resident William Nelson Crawford, who graded the Tonk Creek Crossing, A.C. Crawford of Galveston, a director of the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railroad, or Texas Ranger George Crawford, who was stationed here.

Development increased following the Civil War, and the post office opened in 1871. By the latter part of that decade, the town included several stores, a tavern, a blacksmith shop and a school with an enrollment of about 100.

In 1881, the Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railroad, building north from Temple to Fort Worth, bypassed the original townsite, and residents began moving here along the new line. Crawford experienced economic growth as a result, and there were soon four churches, a cotton gin and a grain mill. Incorporated in 1897, the town remained an important agricultural center throughout the twentieth century, at times boasting more than 700 residents, two banks and dozens of local businesses.

In July 1999, Texas Governor
Crawford Marker in Context image. Click for full size.
By QuesterMark, June 27, 2014
2. Crawford Marker in Context
George W. Bush and his family bought the former Englebrecht Ranch (Prairie Chapel Ranch) west of town. His election as President of the United States in 2000 turned the ranch into the "Western White House," the site of gatherings for U.S. officials and foreign heads of state. Crawford gained international media attention and served as the official voting place for President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.
Erected 2004 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13191.)
Location. 31° 32.066′ N, 97° 26.591′ W. Marker is in Crawford, Texas, in McLennan County. Marker is at the intersection of North Lone Star Parkway (State Highway 317) and 5th Street (County Route 185), on the right when traveling north on North Lone Star Parkway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6688 N Lone Star Pkwy, Crawford TX 76638, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lanes Chapel and Cemetery (approx. 12.7 miles away).
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2015, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. This page has been viewed 274 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 10, 2015, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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