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Chili's Restaurant and American Paint Horse Association Marker image, Touch for more information
By QuesterMark, February 28, 2016
Chili's Restaurant and American Paint Horse Association Marker
Texas (Cooke County), Gainesville — 17745 — American Paint Horse Association
Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century brought two-toned horses with them, descendants of horses from North Africa and Asia Minor. Over time, these colorful horses became a cherished staple of the western frontier. Throughout the 1800s and early . . . — Map (db m121779) HM
Texas (Cooke County), Gainesville — 301 — Barbed Wire in Cooke County
The development of barbed wire fencing had a revolutionary impact on the economy and settlement pattern in Texas. In 1874, Joseph Glidden of Illinois received a patent for his barbed wire. By 1875, Henry B. Sanborn had come to North Texas as . . . — Map (db m96753) HM
Texas (Cooke County), Gainesville — 590 — Butterfield Overland Stage Line
Gainesville was a station on the Southern Overland Mail Line (Butterfield Route), which provided semi-weekly mail and stage service between St. Louis and San Francisco, 1858-1861. The line was 2795 miles long – one of the longest stage . . . — Map (db m96750) HM
Texas (Cooke County), Gainesville — 1054 — Cooke County C.S.A. / 2nd Frontier Regiment
Front Cooke County C.S.A. Military, defense center in Civil War. Cooke voted 231 to 137 anti-secession, yet nine military units served Confederacy from here. In constant danger of Federal or Indian attack. Col. Wm. . . . — Map (db m121778) HM
Texas (Cooke County), Gainesville — 1055 — Cooke County Courthouse
Settlement of the area now known as Cooke County began in late 1845. The county was created by the State Legislature in 1848 and named for William G. Cooke, Republic of Texas Quartermaster General and a participant in the Battle of San Jacinto. Land . . . — Map (db m97598) HM
Texas (Cooke County), Gainesville — 2098 — Gainesville Community Circus
Editor A. Morton Smith (1903-57) organized and promoted this show after a circus parody by the town's little theater group in 1930 revealed many talented amateurs. Chartered as a non-profit corporation, the community circus used its earnings to buy . . . — Map (db m96754) HM
Texas (Cooke County), Gainesville — 13613 — Gainesville-Fort Sill Road
The U.S. Cavalry constructed roads to improve logistical routes in the west during the 19th century. Henry O. Flipper, the first African American graduate of West Point, was an officer in the Tenth Cavalry regiment “Buffalo Soldiers” at . . . — Map (db m97593) HM
Texas (Cooke County), Gainesville — 13812 — Moffett Park
The owner of 90 acres in this vicinity, Missouri native Ned Moffett, Sr., (1842-1924) wed Mary Stone on April 19, 1866. The couple had nine children, and early census records listed the family as Mulatto. The Moffetts permitted use of this property . . . — Map (db m121776) HM
Texas (Cooke County), Gainesville — 4580 — Santa Fe Passenger Depot
By the end of the 19th Century Gainesville was established as one of the state's major rail centers. This depot was built about 1902 to handle the increased traffic on the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railroad. The red brick structure contained a . . . — Map (db m97595) HM
Texas (Cooke County), Gainesville — 4743 — Site of Camp Howze(One Mile West)
In operation from 1942 to 1946, Camp Howze served as an infantry training facility during World War II. It was named for General Robert Lee Howze (1864-1926), a native Texan whose distinguished career in the United States Army began with his . . . — Map (db m96908) HM
Texas (Cooke County), Gainesville — 5347 — The Great Hanging at Gainesville, 1862
Facing the threat of invasion from the north and fearing a Unionist uprising in their midst, the people of North Texas lived in constant dread during the Civil War. Word of a "Peace Party" of Union sympathizers, sworn to destroy their government, . . . — Map (db m97585) HM
Texas (Cooke County), Gainesville — The Old California Trail1849 - 1931
This tablet marks The Old California Trail blazed by the pioneers of '49 — Map (db m96076) HM
Texas (Cooke County), Gainsville — 1053 — Cooke County
Created March 20, 1848. Organized March 10, 1849. Named in honor of William G. Cooke 1808-1847 Captain of the "New Orleans Greys," 1835 Assistant Inspector General at San Jacinto, 1836 Member of the Santa Fe Expedition, 1841 . . . — Map (db m121775) HM
Texas (Cooke County), Oak Ridge — 2097 — Gainesville
Founded 1850. Named for Gen. Edmund P. Gaines, who in 1836 aided Republic of Texas. Military supply headquarters during Civil War. Important in defense against Indian attacks and invasion. Center for agriculture, industry, oil. Home of famed . . . — Map (db m97591) HM
Texas (Cooke County), Oak Ridge — 5316 — The Cross Timbers
Two long, narrow strips of timber extending parallel to each other from Oklahoma to Central Texas; form a marked contrast to adjacent prairie. The more fertile East Cross Timbers begin here in Cooke County. Area was famous pioneer landmark as well . . . — Map (db m97590) HM
Texas (Cooke County), Valley View — 2958 — Kiowa Raid of 1868(SW Part of County)
On Jan. 5-6, 1868, Chief Big Tree and 150 to 200 Kiowas raided Willa Walla Valley, Clear Creek and Blocker Creek. Burned homes; killed 13 people; scalped one woman alive. Captured 10 women and children; 3 escaped, 2 were ransomed. Raiders reached . . . — Map (db m121774) HM

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