“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Grimes County Texas Historical Markers

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By Brian Anderson, June 16, 2018
Fanthorp Inn
Texas (Grimes County), Anderson — 8573 — Fanthorp Inn
Built in 1834 by Henry Fanthorp as a home for his bride, Rachel Kennard. Enlarged for hotel purpose. Served as first mercantile establishment and first post office (1835) in the region. Here Kenneth Lewis Anderson, Vice-President of the Republic of . . . — Map (db m118940) HM
Texas (Grimes County), Anderson — 8584 — Grimes County
On road used 1690 by Spanish explorer Alonso de Leon. In 1821 Andrew Millican began settlement. Henry Fanthorp opened his inn 1834, a post office 1835. Kenneth Anderson, last Vice-President, Republic of Texas, died at Fanthorp's, 1845. After his . . . — Map (db m118977) HM
Texas (Grimes County), Anderson — 8585 — Grimes County Courthouse
Unique Victorian Texas public building. Third courthouse here. Site, in an 1824 land grant from Mexico, was donated 1850 by Henry Fanthorp, first permanent settler in county. Built 1891 of hand-molded brick with native stone trim. Vault is . . . — Map (db m118975) HM
Texas (Grimes County), Anderson — 8586 — Grimes County, C.S.A.
Civil War military concentration point for troops and ordnance. Rich farm land. By 1861 densely populated. Favored secession by 907 to 9 vote. Sent 5 cavalry, 4 infantry companies to Confederate Army. Arms and ordnance works at Anderson . . . — Map (db m118976) HM
Texas (Grimes County), Anderson — In Memory of Jesse Grimes and Mathew CaldwellSigners of the Texas Declaration of Independence — March 2, 1836
Mathew Caldwell was called Paul Revere of the Texas Revolution. Caldwell’s daughters Lucy Ann and Martha Elizabeth came to Grimes County from Gonzales. Martha E. Married Isham Dixon Davis and settled N. Grimes County at Mesa, near Iola, by 1846. . . . — Map (db m111903) HM
Texas (Grimes County), Anderson — 18060 — Kenneth Lewis Anderson
Front: Erected by the State of Texas in memory of Kenneth Lewis Anderson Born in Hillsboro, North Carolina, Sept. 11, 1805 District Judge, Speaker of the House of the Sixth Congress and last Vice President of the Republic of Texas . . . — Map (db m118937) HM
Texas (Grimes County), Anderson — La Bahia RoadUpper Coushatta Trace
This short stretch of road is the last remaining local portion of two very important early Texas roads. La Bahia Road (early 1700's) was an old Spanish military road that forked southwesterly from the Old San Antonio Road west of Nacogdoches, to . . . — Map (db m118974) HM
Texas (Grimes County), Anderson — 8594 — Michael Moore Kennard(July 27, 1809 - July 7, 1895)
Born in Tennessee. In 1828 he and family joined Robertson's Colony, bound for Texas. Arrived in 1830, probably having stopped to "make a crop" along the way. Lived in present Grimes County; was granted a third of a league of land in Robertson's . . . — Map (db m118939) HM
Texas (Grimes County), Anderson — Rocky Creek Bridge
This historic bridge was originally located on CR 263 (known locally as CR 180) over Rocky Creek. Constructed around 1905, the Warren pony truss measured 50 feet in length and is a rare survivor of a once-common structure. The single-span, four . . . — Map (db m111910) HM
Texas (Grimes County), Anderson — 8599 — Veterans Memorial
Front: In memory of Colonel Benjamin Fort Smith, Dr. Robert C. Neblett, Veterans of The War of 1812 Colonel Benjamin F. Smith Veteran of the Black Hawk War, 1832 Jared E. Groce, Joshua Hadley William Robinson, delegates to the . . . — Map (db m118943) HM
Texas (Grimes County), Navasota — 8592 — Primus Kelly
A faithful Negro slave. Came to nearby Courtney, Grimes County in 1851 with his master, John W. S. West from North Carolina. West was a prominent and wealthy pioneer planter and landowner. At the outbreak of the Civil War, West sent Kelly "to . . . — Map (db m119574) HM

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