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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Kimble County, Texas
Adjacent to Kimble County, Texas
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| 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|
|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|
| Organized on May 15, 1919, American Legion Post No. 237 was named for Burt M. Fleming, who was killed in France during World War I. One of the best known organizations in Kimble County, the post sponsored such activities as charity functions, . . . — — Map (db m160184) HM|
|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|
|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|
| 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|
| Following college, Russell Fleming joined U.S. Army, completed officer candidate school & helicopter flight training. Deployed to Vietnam April 1970, B troop 7, First Cavalry Division. Flew Cobra helicopters over 1,600 combat hours. Shot down nine . . . — — Map (db m160200) WM|
| 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|
|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|
| 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|
|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|
| In 1880, A.J. Bush arrived in this community, which was then called Junction City. Here he led 17 men and women in forming a Church of Christ. Two years later, after initially holding services in the County Courthouse, members of the growing . . . — — Map (db m159936) HM|
|Colonel John Griffith
Confederate officer in Civil War. Learned at Wars 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|
| 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 . . . — — Map (db m143746) HM|
| Here the climax of a western track down occurred on Jan. 18, 1878, when Texas Rangers killed suspected murderer Dick Dublin, member of a gang of outlaws. Although a friend yelled for him to run, Dublin was shot (150 yds. S) as the intrepid James . . . — — Map (db m160272) HM|
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 county was organized in 1876 and the . . . — — Map (db m102796) HM|
| 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 J.C. Crane with cattle and horses stolen from James and Peter Paterson and John . . . — — Map (db m102801) HM|
| In 1880, several local residents met at the Courthouse to organize a Baptist Church. The Rev. Z.M. Wells, pastor at Menardville (Menard), led the group and continued conducting services monthly. Four years later the Courthouse burned, and Junction . . . — — Map (db m159939) HM|
|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|
| 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 . . . — — Map (db m126201) HM|
| 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|
| Early Junction residents built brush arbors for religious meetings and by the 1870s, the city had an active Methodist Society, which hosted traveling ministers such as the fiery "Fighting Parson" Andrew Jackson Potter. The Junction Methodists . . . — — Map (db m159932) HM|
|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|
| Illinois native John James Smith came to Texas shortly before enlisting for service in the Mexican War 1846 - 48. He later served as a Texas Ranger, helping protect frontier areas from attacks by hostile Indians, During the Civil War Smith joined . . . — — Map (db m160250) HM|
|John Sterling Durst
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|
| Predecessor of present city waterworks. Supplied water to homes and furnished power to run grist mill, cotton gin, and sawmill. Business leader Ernest Holekamp had canal dug in 1895, beginning at South Llano River. 1/2 mile south of courthouse. . . . — — Map (db m160238) HM|
|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|
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 counties. While he based the . . . — — Map (db m102795) HM|
| This building, Kimble County's third jail, was erected in 1892 during the term of Judge W.A. Spencer and Commissioners G.R. Armstrong, J.F. Cowsert, and H.W. McCaleb. Built at a cost of $3,150, the two - foot thick hewn stone walls gave the . . . — — Map (db m160051) HM|
|A Grateful County
Holds These Names
In Honored Memory
They Gave Their Lives
For Our Own Way Of Life
God Grant Them Eternal Rest
Edmund Brinkolf · Dave Cowsert · Burt M. Fleming · Julius Leifeste · . . . — — Map (db m102531) WM|
| Started 1877 on South Llano River by pioneers Claud, Lon and Sel Denman.
Waterpower created by Mill Dam built by Claud a stonemason. House at 210 E. Main is of their Rawhide Lumber, cut from local wood-used green before it warped and got too . . . — — Map (db m160066) HM|
|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|
|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|
| Built in 1902 by Dr. James Warren Burt, resident of Kimble County, 1881 - 1913. Ground floor has housed office of Dr. Burt and numerous other businesses. Top floor served as auditorium for public and church meetings and for graduation exercises of . . . — — Map (db m159993) HM|
| 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|
| 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|
|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|
|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|
| 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|
| The Pioneer-North Llano cemetery was established on this site 500 feet from the North Llano River across from the Speer Homestead. The earliest burials are unmarked, but it is recorded that Sam Speer was buried here in 1876 beside his mother . . . — — Map (db m160322) HM|
| United States Marine Corps Reserve Medal of Honor Recipient
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as an Intelligence Scout attached to Company C, First Battalion, . . . — — Map (db m160218) WM|
| On April 28, 1879, R.M. Turner (1858 - 1928) entered Kimble County with bride, Emma (Scarborough), (1863 - 1945), from Dewitt County. They settled near this site, on the north bank of the South Llano River, where Turner soon became a prominent . . . — — Map (db m160265) HM|
| Used as a park long before formally deeded to people by Capt. Charles Schreiner in 1916.
Picnics and gatherings were held here, as well as political rallies. A large rock doubled as podium. When the Confederate veterans reunion was held here, . . . — — Map (db m160179) HM|
| 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. . . . — — Map (db m126781) HM|
| Built under an 1896 charter, obtained for the Junction City Irrigation and Power Ditches, to furnish power for mills and mining, supply city mains, water extensive lands and livestock.
At first, under engineering supervision of G.W. Ragsdill, a . . . — — Map (db m160251) HM|
| The spanning of the South Llano River has been a major concern for the citizens of Junction since the town's founding in 1876. The original crossing point was located slightly south of the Junction of the North and South Llano Rivers. Although . . . — — Map (db m160183) HM|
|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|
| Elizabeth McAllister 1819 - 1876
Sam Houston 1860 - 1876 Both are buried here in Pioneer Cemetery, while gathering the Speer horses across the Llano river directly north of this spot, Sam Houston was killed by the Comanche Indians on
24 . . . — — Map (db m160325) HM|
|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|
|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|
| Kimble County's first newspaper began operations in February 1882. Editor J.F. Lewis' Washington Press printed four incarnations of the Junction newspaper: The Western Texan, The Junction City Clipper, The Kimble County Citizen, and the Junction . . . — — Map (db m159998) HM|
|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|
| 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|
|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|
| Grandson of Josiah Taylor and Grandnephew of Creed Taylor, Indian Fighters who took part in Battle of Bandera Pass, 1841. Born at Clinton, Texas; in 1889 he moved to Kimble County, to begin ranching with an uncle. In 1898 became County Sheriff. . . . — — Map (db m160241) HM|
|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|
| 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|
|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|
|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|
| 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|
|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|
| 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|