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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Jones County, Texas

Clickable Map of Jones County, Texas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Jones County, TX (35) Callahan County, TX (44) Fisher County, TX (8) Haskell County, TX (6) Nolan County, TX (23) Shackelford County, TX (59) Stonewall County, TX (9) Taylor County, TX (90)  JonesCounty(35) Jones County (35)  CallahanCounty(44) Callahan County (44)  FisherCounty(8) Fisher County (8)  HaskellCounty(6) Haskell County (6)  NolanCounty(23) Nolan County (23)  ShackelfordCounty(59) Shackelford County (59)  StonewallCounty(9) Stonewall County (9)  TaylorCounty(90) Taylor County (90)
Anson is the county seat for Jones County
Adjacent to Jones County, Texas
      Callahan County (44)  
      Fisher County (8)  
      Haskell County (6)  
      Nolan County (23)  
      Shackelford County (59)  
      Stonewall County (9)  
      Taylor County (90)  
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1Texas, Jones County, Abilene — Butterfield Trail
On US 83/277 Southbound Frontage Road, 0.7 miles south of Private Road 314, on the right when traveling south.
U.S. Mail Route St. Louis to San Francisco Crossed Here 1858–1861 Marked by Woman’s Club of AnsonMap (db m78038) HM
2Texas, Jones County, Abilene — Fort Phantom HillPost on the Clear Fork of the Brazos
Near Farm to Market Road 600, 2 miles north of Farm to Market Road 1082, on the right when traveling north.
By 1850 new settlers and travelers to the California Gold Rush were moving across Texas. This movement on the open plains increased hostilities between the newcomers and the Indians. The U.S. Army’s solution was a fort, called the Post on the Clear . . . Map (db m74736) HM
3Texas, Jones County, Abilene — 2004 — Fort Phantom Hill
On Farm to Market Road 600, 2 miles north of Farm to Market Road 1082, on the left when traveling north.
Established November 14, 1851 Abandoned April 6, 1854 Repaired and Used by Southern Overland Mail, 1858-1861 Sub-Post of Fort Griffin in 1871 and 1872 A thriving village which grew up in its vicinity after the Civil War served as . . . Map (db m74737) HM
4Texas, Jones County, Abilene — Lake Fort Phantom Hill Parks - Johnson Park
Near Farm to Market Road 1082, 0.5 miles east of Farm to Market Road 600.
History of Fort Phantom Hill The post was established on November 14, 1851 and just a year later was transformed into a well-organized and thoroughly developed post. However, conditions continued to be difficult for people at the . . . Map (db m79324) HM
5Texas, Jones County, Abilene — 15905 — Round Mound Cemetery
Near Farm to Market Road 1082, 0.5 miles north of Farm to Market Road 3522, on the right when traveling north.
Round Mound Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Jones County and is located near the site of the former Deadman Creek or Round Mound settlement. The name “Round Mound” may derive from the highest point in the area, which is . . . Map (db m78430) HM
6Texas, Jones County, Anson — Anson Jones
Near Court Plaza (U.S. 83/277) at 12th Street.
Born in Massachusetts January Twentieth 1798 was licensed to practice medicine in 1820. Came to Texas in 1833. Doctor Jones participated in the Battle of San Jacinto 1836 while a surgeon in the army of Texas. He was a member of the Congress of the . . . Map (db m78967) HM
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7Texas, Jones County, Anson — 173 — Anson Opera House
Near 11th Street at W. Court Plaza (U.S. 83/277).
Built 1907 by A.W. Johnson and Dr. D. Williams, with Thomas Vetch, contractor. House was site for diverse programs: stock company and Chautauqua productions such as “East Lynn” and “The Klansman” (for which Sheriff Tom . . . Map (db m78915) HM
8Texas, Jones County, Anson — 16003 — Cowboys' Christmas Ball
Near Avenue G at 23rd Street, on the right when traveling south.
In 1885, M.G. Rhodes hosted a wedding party and dance at his Star Hotel in Anson. One guest was Larry Chittenden, a salesman and writer visiting his uncle in Jones County. He was so inspired by the dance held that night for the cowboys and ladies . . . Map (db m78893) HM
9Texas, Jones County, Anson — 1826 — First Presbyterian Church Building
On Avenue K at 13th Street, on the right when traveling south on Avenue K.
The Rev. Donald Frazier and nine charter members organized the First Presbyterian Church of Anson in 1882. This structure, the congregation’s third sanctuary, was built in 1929. After membership declined in the 1970s, the congregation was dissolved . . . Map (db m78911) HM
10Texas, Jones County, Anson — 1880 — First United Methodist Church of Anson
On Commercial Avenue (U.S. 83/277) at 9th Street, on the right when traveling south on Commercial Avenue.
This congregation was organized in 1882 by the Rev. J.C. Strickland, a pioneer Methodist circuit rider. In 1908, during the pastorate of the Rev. W.H. Terry, local builder Thomas Veitch constructed this Romanesque Revival building for the church. . . . Map (db m78912) HM
11Texas, Jones County, Anson — 2006 — Fort Phantom Hill C.S.A. / Texas Civil War Frontier Defense
Near Court Plaza (U.S. 83/277) at 12th Street.
Fort Phantom Hill C.S.A. Located 10 mi. east, 9 mi. south on old Butterfield stageline. Upon secession company of First Regiment Texas Mounted Rifles used it as an outpost to give protection against Indians. Stopover on way west for . . . Map (db m78966) HM
12Texas, Jones County, Anson — 2844 — Jones County
Near Court Plaza (U.S. 83/277) at 12th Street.
Site of Emigrant Trail, the Frontier Military Road, and Fort Phantom Hill, founded in 1851 to guard the military road.      County created 1858 from Bexar and Bosque counties. Named for Anson Jones (1798–1858), a veteran of San Jacinto, . . . Map (db m78965) HM
13Texas, Jones County, Anson — 12415 — Jones County Courthouse
Near Court Plaza (U.S. 83/277) at 12th Street.
The Seventh Texas Legislature created Jones County in 1858 and named it for Anson Jones, the last president of the Republic of Texas. The Civil War, Reconstruction, and the area’s untamed wilderness combined to postpone the county’s formal . . . Map (db m78964) HM
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14Texas, Jones County, Anson — Omar BurlesonSeventeenth Congressional District
Near Court Plaza (U.S. 83/277) at 11th Street.
Born NE of Anson Mar. 19, 1906. Attended AHS, ACU, HSU and Cumberland Univ. Admitted to Texas Bar 1929, Co. Attorney 1931-34, Co. Judge 1934-40, FBI 1940-41, Lt. Comdr. USNR 1942-46, U.S. Congress 1947-78. Died May 14, 1991.Map (db m78856) HM
15Texas, Jones County, Avoca — 13400 — Arledge Field
On County Road 704, 0.6 miles south of County Road 210, on the right when traveling north.
In preparation for the eventual U.S. entry into World War II, Gen. Henry H. “Hap” Arnold sought to expand the nation’s combat air forces by asking civilian flight schools to provide the primary phase of training for air cadets. At twenty . . . Map (db m79144) HM
16Texas, Jones County, Avoca — 390 — Bethel Lutheran Church(Site Acquired, Cemetery Located, 1906; This Sanctuary Built, 1932-41)
Near Farm to Market Road 600, 0.3 miles south of County Road 214, on the right when traveling south.
Situated on ranch land of family of S.M. Swenson, banker who in 1850s underwrote Swedish migration to Texas. Church forms center for Ericksdahl community, founded 1905 by Swedes formerly living near Austin. Visiting pastors L.J. Sundquist and J.A. . . . Map (db m79170) HM
17Texas, Jones County, Avoca — 5013 — Spring Creek Cemetery
On County Road 261, 0.3 miles south of Farm to Market Road 1636, on the right when traveling south.
Located near Spring Creek, this cemetery began in 1891 on two acres of land donated by the Methodist church in the community known as Avo. The first recorded burial was that of Elender Cannon in February 1891. The Methodist church deeded two . . . Map (db m79143) HM
18Texas, Jones County, Avoca — Swan's ChapelEstablished 1905
Near County Road 260 east of County Road 267, on the right when traveling west.
In 1905 J.L. Swan donated this land for a school and a cemetery. In 1913 the school was moved down the road by the work of Herman and Emma Breland Lieb with Tom and Laura Rowland and many others. The Church of Christ bought the property. A . . . Map (db m79135) HM
19Texas, Jones County, Hamlin — 13406 — Boyd Chapel Community
On U.S. 180 at Farm to Market Road 126, on the right when traveling west on U.S. 180.
Settlements began to develop in Jones County by the mid-1800s, first around the abandoned Fort Phantom Hill site and then around ranches founded in the 1880s and farms established shortly thereafter. At this site in 1895, Reese Davis, Joe Swent and . . . Map (db m78764) HM
20Texas, Jones County, Hamlin — 12356 — Hamlin
On S. Central Avenue (U.S. 83) north of S. 3rd Street, on the right when traveling north.
Early settler R.D. Moore conveyed 320 acres of land to the International Construction Co. (also called the Orient Land Co.) of Kansas City, Missouri, for a town site along the Panhandle Gulf Railway in September 1902. Probably named for Orient . . . Map (db m78763) HM
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21Texas, Jones County, Hamlin — 3570 — Neinda Baptist Church
Near County Road 107, 0.2 miles north of County Road 182, on the right when traveling north.
Organized on July 21, 1889, as the Baptist Church of Christ at Plum Creek, this church began with thirteen charter members. The congregation met in a community building shared by the Methodist church and the local Masonic lodge until a Baptist . . . Map (db m78788) HM
22Texas, Jones County, Hamlin — 13955 — Neinda Community
On County Road 182 at County Road 113, on the right when traveling east on County Road 182.
Soon after Jones County organized in 1881, ranchers settled west of Skinout Mountain and established a community called Banner. In 1890, a post office named Neinda opened, with John O’Brien as postmaster. A cemetery began the following year. The . . . Map (db m78789) HM
23Texas, Jones County, Hawley — 12502 — Compere Cemetery
On County Road 447, 0.2 miles south of County Road 454, on the left when traveling south.
This burial ground is all that remains of the farming community of Compere, established in the 1880s on ranch land sold by the Compere brothers. In 1900, Daniel and Callie Palmer settled in the area along with their children: Henry, Wilder, William, . . . Map (db m78399) HM
24Texas, Jones County, Hawley — 12814 — Site of Truby School
On Farm to Market Road 707, 0.1 miles south of County Road 474, on the left when traveling south.
Early educational efforts in this area date to the 1870s, prior to the organization of Jones County in 1881. The rural community of Truby encompassed School District No. 14 until consolidating with Bitter Creek schools in 1916 to become District No. . . . Map (db m78455) HM
25Texas, Jones County, Hawley — 16154 — Truby Cemetery
Near County Road 461, 0.2 miles north of County Road 474.
Several gravestones at this site attest to its use as a burial ground by nearby settlers before members of the Daughtrey family, early area ranchers, formally deeded these three acres for cemetery use on December 4, 1906. The oldest marked grave is . . . Map (db m78451) HM WM
26Texas, Jones County, Lueders — 2005 — 8.6 Miles South to Fort Phantom Hill
On U.S. 180 at County Road 329, on the right when traveling east on U.S. 180. Reported missing.
Established November 14, 1851 by the United States Army as a protection of the settlers against the Indians. Abandoned and burned April 6, 1854. Repaired and used by Southern Overland Mail, 1858-1861, sub-post of Fort Griffin, 1871-1872, temporary . . . Map (db m78401) HM
27Texas, Jones County, Lueders — 16870 — Lueders Cemetery
Near County Road 203, 0.7 miles south of County Road 205, on the right when traveling south.
The town of Lueders lies along the Clear Fork of the Brazos River, on land given by the state of Texas to heirs of Frederick Luders, a German immigrant who fought at the Battle of San Jacinto. Early area settlers included U.S. Indian agent Jess . . . Map (db m79171) HM
28Texas, Jones County, Stamford — 3039 — "The Poet Ranchman" Larry Chittenden(March 23, 1862 - Sept. 24, 1934)
On W. McHarg Street (Business U.S. 277) north of W. Reynolds Street, on the right when traveling south.
Author of "Cowboys' Christmas Ball"—cited for literary merit by National Folklore Society. Born in New Jersey, Chittenden first came to Texas as a sales agent. In 1884 he visited S.M. Swenson at this site; in 1887 began developing 10,000 . . . Map (db m92491) HM
29Texas, Jones County, Stamford — AQHHMP #1 — First AQHA ShowAmerican Quarter Horse Historical Marker
On W. McHarg Street (Business U.S. 277) at Farm to Market Road 2834, on the right when traveling south on W. McHarg Street.
The first American Quarter Horse Association-approved show was held here on July 2-4, 1940, in conjunction with the Texas Cowboy Reunion. AQHA had just been organized and incorporated in March of the same year in Fort Worth. DEL RIO JOE, a 1936 . . . Map (db m92492) HM
30Texas, Jones County, Stamford — 15310 — First Baptist Church
On N. Swenson Street (Business U.S. 277) at E. Oliver Street, on the right when traveling north on N. Swenson Street.
Organized on February 22, 1900, soon after the founding of Stamford, this church has been an integral part of the community since that time. Initially meeting in a shed on present Oliver Street and then in a building on the town square, the . . . Map (db m92576) HM
31Texas, Jones County, Stamford — 11983 — New Hope Cemetery
On Farm to Market Road 1636 at Farm to Market Road 1226, on the right when traveling west on Road 1636.
William F. Bean (1872-1944) and his wife Birdie Bean (1881-1917) were among the first settlers to the New Hope community; both their families arrived in 1883. William’s great-uncle, Amos Bean, died between 1883 and 1890 and was interred under a tree . . . Map (db m79136) HM
32Texas, Jones County, Stamford — 5046 — St. John's Methodist
On E. Hamilton Street (State Highway 6) at S. Ferguson Street, on the right when traveling east on E. Hamilton Street.
Church, built 1910 in pastorate of Dr. Robt. Goodrich, for congregation founded 1900 in Sledge Hall, under Rev. S. Gay. With 100' tower, long the tallest church between Dallas and El Paso. Served community of old Stamford College (now McMurry). . . . Map (db m92581) HM
33Texas, Jones County, Stamford — 11693 — Stamford
On W. McHarg Street (Business U.S. 277) west of S. Porter Street, on the left when traveling west.
Swedish native Swante Magnus Swenson and his two sons, Eric Pierson and Swen Albin Swenson, came to Texas in 1882 to establish the SMS ranches. In 1899, Eric P. and Swen A. Swenson donated a large section of land for a townsite on an extension of . . . Map (db m92575) HM
34Texas, Jones County, Stamford — 5166 — Swenson Land and Cattle Company Headquarters
On E. McHarg Street at S. Weatherbee Street, on the right when traveling east on E. McHarg Street.
Businessman Swen (Svante) Magnus Swenson (1816-1896), first Swedish settler in Texas, is closely associated with Sam Houston and his effort to keep Texas in the Union prior to the Civil War. In 1854 Swenson purchased large land tracts here which he . . . Map (db m92580) HM
35Texas, Jones County, Stamford — 5256 — Texas Cowboy Reunion Oldtimers' Association
On W. McHarg Street (Business U.S. 277) north of W. Reynolds Street, on the right when traveling south.
Founded 1930, jointly with Texas Cowboy Reunion—to "hand down to posterity, customs and traditions" of early cattle people who lived in dugouts and fought drouths, die-outs, heat and freeze-ups, raising the longhorns that finally brought . . . Map (db m92490) HM
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Mar. 23, 2023