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Kimble County Texas Historical Markers

Bear Creek Settlement Marker image, Touch for more information
By Brian Anderson, November 8, 2018
Bear Creek Settlement Marker
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — 260 — Bear Creek Settlement(Begun about a half-mile west of this site)
Started in 1850's by Raleigh Gentry, who built a 2-room log house; cleared a small farm, but in 1862 sold out to cattlemen Rance Moore. 1860's settlers included Wm. and Lane Gibson, Charlie Jones, John New, A. J. Nixon, Billie Waites. Others . . . — Map (db m126199) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — 265 — Brambletye
Brambletye was built between 1895 and 1900 by English immigrant William Hall (b. 1833), who came to Texas in 1888. After Hall's death in 1900, the stone house and surrounding ranchland were owned by several early ranch families. Prominently sited on . . . — Map (db m126197) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — Burt M. Fleming Memorial
Burt M. Fleming Son of J.S. Fleming & Wife Born April 15, 1894 Volunteered in the United States Army May 26, 1918. Assigned to Company G 143rd Infantry of the 36th Division. Was stationed at Ft. Worth Texas until July 3, 1918. Was . . . — Map (db m102532) WM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — 1188 — Campsite of Marques de Rubi, 1767
In 1764 King Charles III of Spain ordered the Marques de Rubi, a Spanish army field marshal, to tour and inspect all presidios in New Spain. Rubi arrived in Mexico in February 1766, and was joined by Nicolas de Lafora, engineer and mapmaker. . . . — Map (db m90818) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — 604 — Capt. Gully Cowsert(June 12, 1896 - June 11, 1958)
Corporal, U.S. Marine Corps, World War I. Became Texas Ranger in 1942. Promoted to Captain in 1943. He served in that rank for 14 years. Commanded Company E and West Texas District 14 years. Gained fame solving cattle and sheep theft cases. . . . — Map (db m143745) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — 611 — City of Junction
County seat of Kimble County. Townsite platted 1876 (year of county organization) as "Denman" Soon had named changed by voters to denote site at confluence of North and South Llano Rivers. Growth was steady. By 1882 had 300 people, a courthouse, . . . — Map (db m126775) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — 12589 — Cloud Point
A landmark for many years for soldiers and others who journeyed along the roads that traversed this terrain, Cloud Point is the name given to the cliff overlooking the Llano River valley and the valley of Johnson Fork Creek. The geographic feature . . . — Map (db m143978) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — 612 — Coalson-Pullen Colony(cabin chimney at site, about 3 mi. NW)
Opened 1866 by Nick and Jennie (Blackwell) Coalson, who moved from Menard area. Stockraising and hunting provided livelihood. Their "bacon" was cured bear meat. Indians often stole horses, and in Dec. 1870 attacked cabin when Coalson and . . . — Map (db m126205) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — Coke R. StevensonTexas Statesman
Strong resourceful conservative governor. Placed Texas on a cash basis with no increase in taxes nor curtailment of services to the people - changing a $34,000,000 deficit to a $35,000,000 surplus. Lifetime resident Kimble County. Son of pioneer . . . — Map (db m102799) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — 614 — Colonel John Griffith
Colonel John Griffith (1831-1889) Confederate officer in Civil War. Learned at War’s end that women and children of family had fled from Arkansas to Texas in open wagon drawn by a milch cow and a one-eyed mule. The missing were found in 1866, as . . . — Map (db m102800) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — 1528 — Copperas Methodist ChurchFirst Church in Community
Organized in 1881 by circuit rider, Andrew Jackson Potter, who helped firmly establish the Methodist Church in West Texas. Before construction of church on this site in 1917, services were held in schoolhouse or under brush arbor 3/4 mi. SW on west . . . — Map (db m143746) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — 1526 — Fight of Sheriff’s Posse with Cattle Rustlers
Fight of Sheriff’s Posse with Cattle Rustlers (Site marked on Rust Ranch, 21 Mi. NW) On Feb. 6, 1897, Sheriff John L. Jones and Deputies T.C. Taylor, Oscar Lattat, John Gardner, T.W. Frazier and Bob Owens found Jim and Jourd Nite (brothers) and . . . — Map (db m102801) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — 1529 — First Court in Kimble County(Site: .5 mi. NW, on main Llano River)
Held in spring of 1876, under a live oak tree that had a hive of wild bees in its trunk. The site, "Old Kimbleville," had been suggested as the county seat. District Judge W. A. Blackburn, of Burnet, arrived by horseback. District attorney was Frank . . . — Map (db m136240) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — 1531 — First Murr Ranch
Henry and Adam Murr, born in Lancaster County, Pa. sons of Mr. and Mrs. John Murr, served 1866-1882 and 1877-1882, respectively, in the United States Army. After his honorable discharge at Fort McKavett (28 mi NW), Henry settled here on Bear Creek; . . . — Map (db m126201) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — 1533 — First Post Office
Across the street, south, was the first building erected to house the Junction post office. Junction's first postmaster, Mrs. Harriet Kountz, appointed 1876, at first kept the mail in her home. In 1879, her husband Dr. Ezekiel Kountz, built a . . . — Map (db m126776) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — 2613 — Isaac Kountz
Killed on this spot by Indians on Christmas Eve, 1876. He was 16 years old, and herding sheep for his father, Dr. E.K. Kountz. A brother, Sebastian, aged 11, escaped. A posse and Texas Rangers chased the Indians to the Guadalupe River. . . . — Map (db m90733) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — 2693 — John Sterling Durst
John Sterling Durst Pioneer Minister The son of pioneer Texans, John Sterling Durst (1841-1924) was born in Leon County. After service in the Confederate Army a sermon moved him to join the Church of Christ Ministry. When the Rev. Durst bought a . . . — Map (db m102798) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — 1321 — Kimble County
Early History Of Kimble County Created in 1858 out of Bexar County, Kimble County was attached temporarily to Gillespie County for judicial purposes. It was named for Lt. George C Kimble slain March 6, 1836, in the siege of the Alamo. The . . . — Map (db m102796) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — 2894 — Kimble County
Jumano and Apache Indians inhabited region when Spanish explorers traveled across it in the 17th and 18th centuries, and were displaced by the Comanche tribe by the mid-19th century. Area was under military jurisdiction of Forts Terrett . . . — Map (db m126778) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — 11708 — Kimble County Courthouse
Kimble County Courthouse The third courthouse to serve Kimble County, this structure was designed by San Antonio Architect Henry Truman Phelps (1871 - 1944). Between 1904 and the early 1930s, Phelps designed courthouses in more than ten Texas . . . — Map (db m102795) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — Kimble County Veterans Memorial
A Grateful County Holds These Names In Honored Memory They Gave Their Lives For Our Own Way Of Life God Grant Them Eternal Rest Civil War William Gentry WW I Edmund Brinkolf · Dave Cowsert · Burt M. Fleming · Julius Leifeste · . . . — Map (db m102531) WM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — 16258 — Little Mexico(Northeast Junction)
Northeast Junction, commonly known as Little Mexico, is a “Latin American” community that is separated by the Llano River from the main portion of Junction. In the late 1920s an automobile route called the Old Spanish Trail was . . . — Map (db m143974) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — Major William Addison Spencer
Born in Tennessee in 1840, William Addison Spencer came to Texas with his family at the age of eight. He grew up southeast of San Antonio and served in the Civil War, attaining the rank of major. He later moved west to this area. He wed Caroline . . . — Map (db m102797) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — 3171 — Miller-Browning Colony
Located about one mile north in late 19th century. Composed of two families prominent in early Kimble County affairs. Started in 1874 by John and Martha Miller. Known as "Honest John", Miller joined frontier militia to fight Indians and . . . — Map (db m143980) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — 3467 — Morales Ranch
350 yards southwest stands a small rock house built in 1881 by settler Meliton Morales (1837-1924). Born in Mexico, Morales was kidnapped by Indians as a youth and spent 9 years in captivity. Moved to Texas in 1855. Came . . . — Map (db m126203) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — 18782 — O.C. Fisher
Author, attorney and politician Ovie Clark Fisher (1903-1994) was born at the Kimble County ranch home of his parents, Jobe and Rhoda (Clark) Fisher. He graduated from Junction High School and received a law degree from Baylor University. He married . . . — Map (db m126782) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — 3636 — Old Bear Creek Texas Ranger Camp(300 yards south)
Established October 1877 as patrol base for Co. E, Frontier Battalion, Texas Rangers, on the lookout for Indians and outlaws along the Llano River. Area was popular refuge for cattle and horse thieves, murderers, mail robbers—and within a few . . . — Map (db m90817) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — 4323 — Old Rock Store, 1879
Built for general merchandise of G. W. Ragsdill, who owned and operated a nearby hotel and wagon yard. Later used for many other businesses. The top floor has been hall for W.O.W., A.F.& A. M. and I.O.O.F. Lodges, and in 1912 a movie. . . . — Map (db m126780) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — 4410 — Site of First Livery Stable
Busiest spot in early Junction. Fed and housed visiting ranch teams. Had horses and buggies for public hire. Men collected here to gossip, trade. Built 1879 by John Allen on this lot where public corral operated as early as 1877. Owned by T. M. . . . — Map (db m126781) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — 5002 — Spanish Road to Santa Fe, 1808
Most direct road from San Antonio to Santa Fe, during Spanish era in Texas, 1519-1821. Charted for closer ties between Mexico City and New Mexico, after American explorer Zebulon Pike blazed trail from U.S. to New Mexico. Spanish road of 1808 was . . . — Map (db m56492) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — 5213 — Teacup Mountain
Named for its peculiar formation. Probably used as a lookout post by both whites and Indians in pioneer days. Near here occurred the Indian killing of pioneer James Bradberry, Sr., 1872; and the capture of a wanted man by Lt. N.O. Reynolds and four . . . — Map (db m56631) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — 5219 — Telegraph Store and Post Office
This Kimble County landmark was named for a nearby canyon from which trees were cut for telegraph poles in the mid-19th century. The store and post office were built about 1890-1900. The first commissioned postmistress was Ruth Holmes in 1900. For . . . — Map (db m54845) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — 5007 — The Killing of Sam Speer
On Dec. 24, 1876, a band of Indians killed Sam Speer, only 17 years of age, who was driving in horses near here. A 50-caliber gun his brother was using failed to fire. This was the last Indian murder in Kimble County. Speer is buried in the North . . . — Map (db m136241) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — 3852 — The Oliver Pecan
Young P. Oliver (1857-1925) came to this area in 1876 from his native Guadalupe County. In 1896, Oliver purchased this section (640 acres) of land, on which grew hundreds of pecan trees, and became a pioneer in the . . . — Map (db m143976) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Junction — 5624 — Vicinity of Bradbury Settlement(2 mi. above forks of N. and S. Llano rivers)
One of earliest Kimble County communities. Opened by James Bradbury, Sr., a frontiersman. Between 1850 and 1864 he moved here from Williamson County with six children, after death of his wife. He erected several picket or log buildings, and had . . . — Map (db m90735) HM
Texas (Kimble County), London — 11999 — London Post Office
In the early days of Kimble County, Len and Bettie Lewis established their ranch as a trade center. Bettie received most area mail at their home, the Lewis Hotel and Wagon Yard. In 1882 Bettie filed an application to formalize her postal station and . . . — Map (db m150348) HM
Texas (Kimble County), London — 2988 — London Town Square
Planned as court square of a proposed county. Platted about 1878 by Postmaster Len L. Lewis, whose town name choice, "Betty Lewis" (for his wife), was vetoed by postal authorities. "London" is thought to have been proposed by the Pearl family, for . . . — Map (db m150353) HM
Texas (Kimble County), London — 11996 — Old Beef Trail Crossing
Once used for revivals, this Llano River crossing became a main line of the spring cattle drives from 1867 to the 1880s. Capt. C.A. Schreiner and his partners herded cattle on their way to Abilene and Dodge City on the western trail; many area . . . — Map (db m90882) HM
Texas (Kimble County), London — 4238 — Reichenau Gap
For more than 100 years, travelers followed the road from Mason to Junction through this pass. The earliest known Anglo settlers in the area were the Frank Putman family, who settled approximately one mile northeast from Reichenau Gap. The . . . — Map (db m150354) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Roosevelt — 1545 — Ft. McKavett – Ft. Clark Military Road
From nearby Ft. Terrett, this Road in 1852 led south to Ft. Clark and north to Ft. McKavett. Selected mainly because it had water available, it served as route for freight and mail, 1868, when forts were reactivated. Over it went troops, . . . — Map (db m102793) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Roosevelt — 4343 — Roosevelt
The community of Roosevelt began with the establishment of a post office in 1898. Although Alice Wagner applied for the post office with another name, the postal service in Washington substituted the name Roosevelt presumably in honor of Theodore . . . — Map (db m128103) HM
Texas (Kimble County), Segovia — 3545 — Near Route of Old Military Road
Supply line from U.S. Army headquarters in San Antonio to Fort Terrett, 1852-1854. In the 1850's two-thirds of Texas was held by Comanches or threatened by raids. Posts such as Fort Terrett stood from Red River to the Rio Grande, for . . . — Map (db m126209) HM

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