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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Houston County, Texas

 
Clickable Map of Houston County, Texas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Houston County, TX (41) Anderson County, TX (27) Angelina County, TX (55) Cherokee County, TX (36) Leon County, TX (13) Madison County, TX (8) Trinity County, TX (6) Walker County, TX (46)  HoustonCounty(41) Houston County (41)  AndersonCounty(27) Anderson County (27)  AngelinaCounty(55) Angelina County (55)  CherokeeCounty(36) Cherokee County (36)  LeonCounty(13) Leon County (13)  MadisonCounty(8) Madison County (8)  TrinityCounty(6) Trinity County (6)  WalkerCounty(46) Walker County (46)
Adjacent to Houston County, Texas
    Anderson County (27)
    Angelina County (55)
    Cherokee County (36)
    Leon County (13)
    Madison County (8)
    Trinity County (6)
    Walker County (46)
 
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1Texas (Houston County), Crockett — 11213 — Albert Holley House
In 1857 Albert Holley (b. 1828), his mother and two brothers, migrated to Houston County from Alabama. While the others journeyed to Texas by boat, he brought the family's supplies overland by wagon with 137 slaves. By 1860 he and his wife Julia . . . Map (db m128926) HM
2Texas (Houston County), Crockett — 11207 — Beeson-Box Cemetery
Harston Wilson Beeson, one of Houston County's first settlers (1840), bought land in this area from his neighbor, John Box, in 1852. The Cemetery was established on Beeson land about 3/4 of a mile east of this site with the burial of Box's son, . . . Map (db m155414) HM
3Texas (Houston County), Crockett — 7037 — Crockett
Founded 1837. Named for David Crockett, who had visited here on way to the Alamo, 1836. Old fortified log courthouse was often the refuge for settlers during Indian raids. During Civil War had camp of instruction. Telegraph and stagecoach . . . Map (db m120963) HM
4Texas (Houston County), Crockett — 11096 — Early Bank Building
A typical late 19th Century Texas commercial building, with cast iron front and pressed tin ornamentation. Erected for bank developed in mercantile store of W.E. Mayes (1837-1915). To aid his customers, Mayes in 1880s took care of cash and . . . Map (db m121248) HM
5Texas (Houston County), Crockett — 11130 — First National Bank of Crockett
Founded about 1881 as sideline in mercantile store of W.E. Mayes (1837-1915), who aided customers by keeping cash and currency in his safe, issuing loans and credits. In 1892 H.F. Moore (1854-1926) came here from . . . Map (db m121247) HM
6Texas (Houston County), Crockett — 11132 — Five Courthouses of Houston County
On June 12, 1837, President Sam Houston authorized the formation of Houston County, the first newly created county in the Republic of Texas. Andrew W. Gossett (1812-1890) donated land, which included this square, for the townsite. He and his father, . . . Map (db m121246) HM
7Texas (Houston County), Crockett — 9864 — Givens Homesite
Solomon George Givens and his wife Lula (Burleson), both born in Houston County in 1871, were the children of former slaves. They were married in Crockett in 1891, and in 1892 they bought 34 acres of land here. Their farm proved a success and in . . . Map (db m155417) HM
8Texas (Houston County), Crockett — 11212 — Houston County
Created from Nacgodoches County June 12, 1837 Organized the same year named in honor of Sam Houston 1793-1863 Commander-in-Chief of the Texan Army at San Jacinto President of the Republic and Governor of the State of Texas . . . Map (db m63530) HM
9Texas (Houston County), Crockett — 12422 — Houston County Courthouse
In early 1938, the Houston County commissioners court, with County Judge B. F. Bradley presiding, began making plans for construction of the county's fifth courthouse. Built in 1939 with funds from the Federal Public Works Administration, the . . . Map (db m121245) HM
10Texas (Houston County), Crockett — 11227 — Miller-Spinks-Mayes Property
This corner of the town square was developed as a law office after state legislator and Houston County Judge S.A. Miller (1805-1893) purchased it in 1840. In 1891, Rudd Crawford Spinks (1856-1938) bought the site and built a two-story brick building . . . Map (db m120965) HM
11Texas (Houston County), Crockett — 7039 — Original Site of the Joseph R. Rice Log Cabin
Joseph Redmond Rice (1805-1866) and his wife, Willie Masters Rice (1809-1881), natives of Tennessee and Kentucky, built a one-room log cabin on this site in 1828. Rice's brothers and his father-in-law, Jacob Masters, probably helped with the . . . Map (db m121250) HM
12Texas (Houston County), Crockett — 7042 — Rice Cemetery
Joseph Redmond Rice (1805-1866) and his wife Wille Masters Rice (1809-1881) erected a log cabin across the San Antonio Road from this site in 1828. They probably established this family burial ground after the deaths of their infant twins about . . . Map (db m156875) HM
13Texas (Houston County), Crockett — 7056 — Site of Mary Allen Seminary
In 1886 the Board of Missions for Freedmen of the Presbyterian Church in the United States, under the leadership of the group's secretary the Rev. Richard Allen, began planning for the establishment of a black girls' school in Texas. After a . . . Map (db m128933) HM
14Texas (Houston County), Crockett — 11089 — Site of the Crockett Hotel
James H. Collard, a surveyor, opened a general store on this site in 1837. Four years later he sold the business to Thomas Collins (1800-1869). Members of the Collins family ran the store until 1890 when William Berry (b.1856) constructed the . . . Map (db m120964) HM
15Texas (Houston County), Crockett — 8809 — Stage Coach Inn
Built as a home by Joseph D. Rice, Sr., who came to Texas in 1828. In 1838 it was designated as a stopping place for the stage coach from Nacogdoches to Crockett.Map (db m121249) HM
16Texas (Houston County), Crockett — 7045 — Strode-Pritchett Log Cabin
This log cabin was constructed on the Jeremiah Strode league (12 mi. E). It is believed to have been built in the 1850s by B.R. Wallace (1800-73), Strode's son-in law and a Texas legislator, or by Wallace's cousin W. W. Wallace (b. 1821). Later . . . Map (db m156957) HM
17Texas (Houston County), Crockett — The David Crockett Spring
Which marks the campsite of the famous Texan on his historic journey to the Alamo were he paid the supreme price for Texas liberty "Be sure you are right, then go ahead."Map (db m156960) HM
18Texas (Houston County), Crockett — 11238 — W.V. McConnell Building
Crockett native William Van McConnell (1855-1919) built this Victorian commercial structure soon after he purchased the site in 1891 from Maj. J.C. Wooters, a former mayor of the city. Known for his wit and his Irish stories, McConnell opened a . . . Map (db m120966) HM
19Texas (Houston County), Grapeland — 7058 — City of Grapeland
In area settled about 1850. Founded 1872 by International & Great Northern Railway Investors. Named for rank wild grapevines. Post office opened May 26, 1873. Log schoolhouse, used also for church services, was first public building. Disciples . . . Map (db m161210) HM
20Texas (Houston County), Grapeland — 11215 — First Baptist Church of Grapeland
As baptists from surrounding rural communities began to move to the thriving railroad town of Grapeland, the need for a Baptist Church in town led to the establishment of this congregation in 1891. Services were held in the public school until . . . Map (db m161153) HM
21Texas (Houston County), Grapeland — 11127 — First Christian ChurchOf Grapeland
Congregation organized about 1870 in community of Red House (3 mi. East), where Indian Village had once stood. When Grapeland was founded with coming of railroad in 1872, church moved to town. At first held services in school house. Present . . . Map (db m161139) HM
22Texas (Houston County), Grapeland — 11064 — Franklin Columbus Woodard(April 1, 1847 - Jan. 31, 1911)
Alabama native Franklin Columbus Woodard settled in this area with his parents about 1850. After being educated as a teacher, Woodard graduated from Medical School in 1887 and later moved his family to Grapeland to start his medical practice. In . . . Map (db m161161) HM
23Texas (Houston County), Grapeland — 11061 — Joseph Randolph Yarbrough(Jan. 31, 1817 - Mar. 26, 1867)
A native of Louisiana, Joseph Randolph Yarbrough served in the Texas War for Independence from Mexico and was assigned to guard the camp opposite Harrisburg during the Battle of San Jacinto. He and his father, John Swanson Yarbrough, signed the . . . Map (db m161208) HM
24Texas (Houston County), Kennard — 11086 — Community of Coltharp(1.2 mi SE)
By the late 1850s Eli Coltharp lived beside Cochina Bayou. He opened a store and post office on the stage route west of Nacogdoches. The farm area called Coltharp Hill boasted a gin, gristmill, blacksmith and millinery shops. A school building . . . Map (db m29567) HM
25Texas (Houston County), Kennard — 13468 — First Baptist Church of Kennard
In October 1903, approximately fourteen men and women organized the First Baptist Church of Kenard. The congregation selected four trustees: Dr. T.M. Sherman, George W. Willis, M.B. Matchett and Hugh P. English, who served the church in many . . . Map (db m29565) HM
26Texas (Houston County), Kennard — 11241 — Former Rosenwald School(Now "The Little Red Schoolhouse")
A symbol of Black America's pride in education, plus crusade of Julius Rosenwald (1862-1932), a Chicagoan who in 1913 began to fund school buildings for Negroes. By 1920, when this one-teacher structure was built at Ratcliff (4 miles east), . . . Map (db m29552) HM
27Texas (Houston County), Kennard — 9464 — Hagerville Community(5 mi. SE)
Kentuckian James Henry Hager (1822-1879) and his wife Naoma (Clark) came to Texas in the 1840s. Hager, a farmer and cabinet maker, opened a blacksmith shop and mill in Houston County. The Nacogdoches-to-Navasota stage and mail road . . . Map (db m29566) HM
28Texas (Houston County), Kennard — 7051 — Kennard
The town of Kennard was founded in 1903 by the Louisiana and Texas Lumber Company and platted on 160 acres. Land agent Alexander McTavish also acted as Kennard's first postmaster. The town served as a terminus for the Eastern Texas Railroad, a line . . . Map (db m29553) HM
29Texas (Houston County), Lovelady — 7055 — Houston-Leon County Coal Company
The Houston County Coal and Manufacturing Company was formed in 1900 for the purpose of mining lignite. Near this site, a slope mine was opened and a company town named Wooters was established. Company founders were A. H. Wooters, D. A. Nunn, G. . . . Map (db m155413) HM
30Texas (Houston County), Lovelady — 11235 — Lovelady Evergreen Cemetery
This community cemetery dates to the 1870s when Lovelady was developing as a railroad center for the surrounding agricultural area. Land for the section known as Old Cemetery was conveyed to trustees of the Lovelady Cemetery Association in 1878 . . . Map (db m161240) HM
31Texas (Houston County), Ratcliff — 7040 — Four C Mill
R.M. Keith, agent for Central Coal & Coke Company in Kansas City, Missouri, began purchasing the virgin pine timberlands of this region in October 1899. Lumber for construction of a new mill was cut by a small sawmill purchased from local landowner . . . Map (db m29527) HM
32Texas (Houston County), Ratcliff — 7016 — Ratcliff
About 1875, a 32 - wagon train of settlers came here from Georgia. Jesse H. Ratcliff (1844 - 1920) built sawmill about 1885, drawing more people. Post office opened 1889, with Ratcliff as postmaster, and town soon had several stores. Professional . . . Map (db m26980) HM
33Texas (Houston County), Ratcliff — 7035 — Ratcliff CCC Camp
J.H. Ratcliff's 1880s sawmill and village here gave way to major timber industry operations that by the early 1930s had decimated Houston County's densest virgin forest. As part of federal efforts to restore the nation's natural resources, Civilian . . . Map (db m29454) HM
34Texas (Houston County), Weches — 7018 — Community of Weches
Located near site of 17th-century Spanish missionary activity, this farming community had its beginnings with the settlement of the McLeans, Conners, Patton, and Gregg families, who had all arrived in the area by 1840. Originally known as Neches for . . . Map (db m121254) HM
35Texas (Houston County), Weches — 10962 — Glover School
Established in 1881, the Glover School served residents of the rural Glover Community. Under the direction of teacher James Breeze, a one-room schoolhouse was built on A.E. Sloan's land, now the site of the Old Glover Cemetery. A consolidated school . . . Map (db m121252) HM
36Texas (Houston County), Weches — 14922 — Mission San Francisco de los Tejas
Was founded near this marker May 24, 1690, at the Nabedache (Tejas) Indian Village Erected, A. D. 1934, by DeZavala Chapter, Texas Historical and Landmarks Association. Located by: Dr. Albert Woldert, Tyler, Texas. Miss . . . Map (db m121405) HM
37Texas (Houston County), Weches — 7013 — Mission San Francisco de Los Tejas
First Spanish Mission in East Texas. Established in 1690 by Franciscan friars to convert the Tejas Indians. "Tejas", a Spanish rendition of the Indian word for "friend", was in time adopted as the state name. The founding party was led by Capt. . . . Map (db m121406) HM
38Texas (Houston County), Weches — 7012 — Mission Santissimo Nombre de Maria
Was founded in this vicinity Summer 1690 "on the banks of the Arcangel San Miguel" (Neches) River. Erected A.D. 1934 by De Zavala Chapter, Texas Historical and Landmarks Association. Located by: Dr. Albert Woldert, Tyler, Texas; Miss Adina De . . . Map (db m121255) HM
39Texas (Houston County), Weches — 12086 — Pine Springs Campground
A favorite campsite of Tejas Indians in the years before European settlers arrived, this location was used in turn by explorers, Spanish missionaries, traders and armies. Travelers were attracted by abundant game, including deer and wild turkey, and . . . Map (db m121251) HM
40Texas (Houston County), Weches — 7017 — The Joseph R. Rice Log Cabin
Joseph Redmond Rice (1805-1866) cut timber; then his young wife, Willie Masters Rice (1809-1881), snaked the logs to a homesite 16 miles southwest of here. The cabin they built was a noted way-station on the San Antonio Road. They brought up nine . . . Map (db m121404) HM
41Texas (Houston County), Weches — 7021 — Weches CCC Camp
Weches Camp P-58-T was established by the Federal Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) on June 19, 1933. Manned by Company 888, the Weches camp was the first CCC camp established in Houston County. It contained barracks, a mess hall, recreation area, . . . Map (db m121253) HM
 
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