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

Lavaca County Texas Historical Markers

Hallettsville Marker and grave of Margaret Hallett. image, Touch for more information
By Gregory Walker, February 5, 2015
Hallettsville Marker and grave of Margaret Hallett.
Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 2340 — Hallettsville
Founded 1838 County Seat, Lavaca County since 1852 Named for Mrs. Margaret Hallett, widow of John Hallett, a member of Austin's colony and a veteran of San Jacinto, who donated the town site. — Map (db m95361) HM
Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 2341 — Hallettsville Memorial Park
Land originally property of Mrs. Mary Jane Hallet Ballard, who deeded it to trustees of the "Hallettsville Graveyard" in 1870. Area pioneers were buried here until 1898. The monument in center honors county's heroes in battles of the Alamo, Goliad, . . . — Map (db m95362) HM
Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 3740 — Old Hanging Tree
Gallows used Sept. 12, 1879, at public hanging of "Pocket", an Indian, killer of Englishman Leonard Hyde. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1967 — Map (db m26534) HM
Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 15769 — The Wreck of the Don Milo
The San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway Company (S. A. & A. P.) was chartered by the State of Texas in 1884 to connect the city of San Antonio with Aransas Bay, and the rail line officially came to Hallettsville on April 23, 1887. A large . . . — Map (db m95371) HM
Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 5846 — William Smothers(1760-1837) — A Veteran of the American Revolution.
A native of Virginia, William Smothers was orphaned at 12 when Indians killed his father, and his mother died of shock. In the American Revolution, he fought at King's Mountain, Guilford Courthouse, Camden, and Eutaw Springs. He moved to Kentucky in . . . — Map (db m95372) HM
Texas (Lavaca County), Shiner — 16962 — Half Moon
The community of Half Moon was first mentioned in a 1689 account from Gov. Alonso de Leon's expedition when the group encountered a Native American tribe that called Half Moon their home. The area was known as Half Moon due to the peculiar shape of . . . — Map (db m68496) HM
Texas (Lavaca County), Shiner — 2458 — Herder Half Moon Place
This Greek revival home (200 yds. N) was built in the 1880s by George Herder (1818-1887), veteran of the Texas Revolution and pioneer farmer and rancher in the Half Moon community. A son, William (d. 1940), later ran a butcher shop and farmed the . . . — Map (db m68497) HM
Texas (Lavaca County), Shiner — 2903 — Kaspar Wire Works
Founded as outgrowth of an 1895 invention that used smooth wire discarded when barbed wire fencing was introduced in this area. August Kaspar, son of a Swiss Lutheran missionary to Texas, salvaged some of the plain wire and made a corn shuck basket . . . — Map (db m95435) HM
Texas (Lavaca County), Shiner — 4489 — Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church
Early German and Czech settlers in this area of Lavaca County attended Catholic worship services in private homes or at churches in Hallettsville or Moulton until 1890, when a new mission was established in Shiner by the Rev. John Anthony Forest. . . . — Map (db m95442) HM
Texas (Lavaca County), Shiner — 5011 — Spoetzl Brewery(Founded in 1909)
Built by the Shiner Brewing Association, a stock company of local men. Sold in April 1915 to Kosmas Spoetzl (1873-1950), native of Bavaria and former operator of a brewery in Cairo, Egypt. This plant remained open in 1918-33 (Prohibition era), . . . — Map (db m95436) HM
Texas (Lavaca County), Yoakum — Chisholm Trail Memorial Park
Chisholm Trail Memorial Park The Chisholm Trail Memorial Park, originally known as Palmer Park, is re-dedicated to the memory of the Old Trail Drivers of the Yoakum-Bovine, Texas area who passed this way, 1867 – 1887. In the Centennial . . . — Map (db m125472) HM
Texas (Lavaca County), Yoakum — The Trail Drivers
In Memory of The Trail Drivers of Southwest Texas Who Passed This Way 1867 – 1887 Erected by the State of Texas 1930 — Map (db m125471) HM
Texas (Lavaca County), Yoakum — Yoakum
Yoakum Located on DeWitt-Lavaca County line on land granted by Mexico in 1835 to settler John May. Cattle gathering area for Chisholm Trail. With coming of San Antonio & Aransas Pass Railroad in 1887, became transportation center. Named for rail . . . — Map (db m125469) HM

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