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Historical Markers 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 (97) Anderson County, TX (52) Angelina County, TX (56) Cherokee County, TX (89) Leon County, TX (18) Madison County, TX (28) Trinity County, TX (19) Walker County, TX (99)  HoustonCounty(97) Houston County (97)  AndersonCounty(52) Anderson County (52)  AngelinaCounty(56) Angelina County (56)  CherokeeCounty(89) Cherokee County (89)  LeonCounty(18) Leon County (18)  MadisonCounty(28) Madison County (28)  TrinityCounty(19) Trinity County (19)  WalkerCounty(99) Walker County (99)
Crockett is the county seat for Houston County
Adjacent to Houston County, Texas
      Anderson County (52)  
      Angelina County (56)  
      Cherokee County (89)  
      Leon County (18)  
      Madison County (28)  
      Trinity County (19)  
      Walker County (99)  
 
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1 Texas, Houston County, Austonio — 11199 — Homesite of Samuel Cartmill Hiroms
One of the community's pioneer settlers, Samuel Cartmill Hiroms (1836-1920) was born in Polk County. His parents were among Stephen F. Austin's "Old Three Hundred" colonists. Hiroms taught school and served as Polk County surveyor. He served in the . . . Map (db m219628) HM
2 Texas, Houston County, Austonio — 31 — Kings Highway Camino Real — Old San Antonio Road — Marker #31 — El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail —
Kings Highway Camino Real Old San Antonio Road Marked by The Daughters of The American Revolution and The State of Texas A.D. 1918Map (db m221191) HM
3 Texas, Houston County, Austonio — 32 — Kings Highway Camino Real — Old San Antonio Road — Marker #32 — El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail —
Kings Highway Camino Real Old San Antonio Road Marked by The Daughters of The American Revolution and The State of Texas A.D. 1918Map (db m221193) HM
4 Texas, Houston County, Austonio — 11187 — Site of Old Block House
Established before 1836 Used by Elisha Clapp and neighboring settlers as a place of defense against the Indians Abandoned about 1844Map (db m219447) HM
5 Texas, Houston County, Belott — 26 — Kings Highway Camino Real — Old San Antonio Road — Marker #26 — El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail —
Kings Highway Camino Real Old San Antonio Road Marked by The Daughters of The American Revolution and The State of Texas A.D. 1918Map (db m219196) HM
6 Texas, Houston County, Cooper — 7015 — Collin Aldrich
San Jacinto Veteran • First Chief Justice of Houston County, 1837-1841 • • Born May 2, 1801 • • Died in 1842Map (db m219429) HM
7 Texas, Houston County, Cooper — 30 — Kings Highway Camino Real — Old San Antonio Road — El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail
Kings Highway Camino Real Old San Antonio Road Marked by the Daughters of the American Revolution and the State of Texas A.D. 1918Map (db m221186) HM
8 Texas, 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
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9 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 11237 — Andrew Jackson McGown — (1816 - 1870)
Tennessee native Andrew Jackson McGown came to Texas in 1835 to fight with the Texas Army in the War for Independence from Mexico. A participant in the Battle of San Jacinto, he later helped establish the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Texas, . . . Map (db m219487) HM
10 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 7014 — Armistead Albert Aldrich
Author - " History of Houston County, Texas" Armistead Albert Aldrich (April 10, 1858 -- Aug. 22, 1945) Born in Crockett, son of Oliver Cromwell and Eliza (Masters) Aldrich. Educated at University of Virginia, he was admitted to the bar in 1883. . . . Map (db m219490) HM
11 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 11209 — Armistead Thompson Mason Monroe — (March 15, 1818 - September, 1893)
A grandnephew of U.S. president James Monroe, A.T.M. Monroe was born in Virginia and came to Texas in 1842. He married Rachel Albright (1828-1866) in 1846 and moved his family to Crockett in 1849. He operated a general store on the courthouse square . . . Map (db m219486) HM
12 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 7923 — Augustus "Gus" LeGory — (Oct. 10, 1840 - Dec. 4, 1930)
In 1855 Augustus "Gus" LeGory came to Texas from Mississippi. After serving in the Civil War, he returned to the area and worked with a Trinity River steamboat company. He later developed his own overland and river freight hauling enterprise and in . . . Map (db m219494) HM
13 Texas, 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
14 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 11200 — Col. Steward Alexander Miller — (July 4, 1805 - March 27, 1893)
Born in Virginia; came to Texas, 1839. Member of Snively Expedition (1843), and 1st State Legislature (1846). Wife: Rebecca Whitten.Recorded - 1973Map (db m219497) HM
15 Texas, 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
16 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 11095 — Downes-Aldrich House
An outstanding example of Eastlake-Victorian architecture, started about 1891, completed in 1893, by J.E. Downes, prominent local businessman. Much of the material in the structure was imported from other states. Downes lived in the house until . . . Map (db m219444) HM
17 Texas, 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
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18 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 7924 — First Baptist Church of Crockett
A Baptist Church, led by pioneer James T. Heflin, was meeting in Crockett as early as 1846. A second Baptist congregation was formally organized in 1850. Named Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Crockett, the congregation built a sanctuary on El Camino . . . Map (db m206967) HM
19 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 11128 — First Methodist Church
City's first congregation and one of oldest in Texas. Formed 1839 with Henderson Palmer as pastor. Noted minister Littleton Fowler was presiding elder at organization. Methodists shared a structure with Crockett's other denominations until erecting . . . Map (db m206926) HM
20 Texas, 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
21 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 11131 — First Presbyterian Church of Crockett
This church was established in 1854 by an act of the East Texas Presbytery. The Rev. W.C. Dunlap was organizer of the congregation and served as its pastor for two years. Members met in a Baptist church until the completion of their first building . . . Map (db m207022) HM
22 Texas, 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
23 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 10969 — George G. Alford — (June 17, 1793 - April 1, 1847) — Reported damaged
New York native George G. Alford, an officer in the War of 1812, came to Texas from Missouri in 1836. During the Texas Revolution he served as Gen. Sam Houston's Quartermaster General. Captured by Mexican forces after the war while on a supply trip . . . Map (db m219478) HM
24 Texas, 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
25 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 7029 — Glenwood Cemetery — Crockett's Oldest Burial Ground
In original townsite of Crockett. Opened soon after Houston County was created and the county seat founded in 1837. Burials include early Texas heroes and statesmen; a friend visited by David Crockett on way to the Alamo; a grandnephew of U.S. . . . Map (db m219476) HM
26 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 7030 — Glenwood Cemetery (North Sector)
Opened about 1870. Here rest veterans of Texas War for Independence, Mexican War, Civil War, World Wars I and II; authors, bankers, educators, physicians, frontiersmen, jurists; a niece of Texas hero Sam Houston; a Grand Master of the Grand . . . Map (db m219477) HM
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27 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 12082 — Greater St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church
A small group from Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Crockett withdrew in 1884 to create their own congregation. The St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church was organized under the leadership of the Reverend Raefield Cotton and six deacons. The group . . . Map (db m206923) HM
28 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 11210 — House built by A.T. Monroe
House built by A.T. Monroe, nephew of U. S. President who issued the Monroe Doctrine. Structure is hand-hewn Louisiana Heart Oak over brick inner walls. Noted as center of social activities. Since 1911 in the family of prominent attorney George . . . Map (db m207025) HM
29 Texas, 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
30 Texas, 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
31 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 10984 — Isaac Adair Daniel — (February 18, 1864 - December 17, 1924)
A native of Houston County, Ike Daniel was a prominent businessman with assets in Kennard and Crockett. Among his various businesses were a general store, gristmill, cotton gin, sawmill, and real estate dealings. He served as Houston County Sheriff . . . Map (db m219495) HM
32 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 10985 — James Elbert Downes — (October 31, 1845 - January 25, 1917)
A native of Houston County, James Elbert Downes was the son of area pioneers. He served in the Civil War and was later active in the local Confederate veterans association. He was married to Elizabeth Brown in 1871 and they were the parents of three . . . Map (db m219496) HM
33 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 11017 — John Edward Nite (1805-1849) Lucy Stepp Nite (1807-1865)
John Edward Nite, born in North Carolina, married Lucy Stepp, a native of Georgia, in 1826. Although robbed of $1800 in gold enroute to Texas from Tennessee in 1835, they were able to secure 1,506 acres of land along the Trinity River in Houston . . . Map (db m219479) HM
34 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 11190 — John Lawrence Hall — (October 25, 1809 - August 25, 1857) — Reported damaged
Maryland native John Lawrence Hall lived in New Orleans before coming to Texas in 1831. Hall served in the Texas Army (1835-36), Republic of Texas Army (1841), and in the Mexican War (1846). He added to the land grants he received for military . . . Map (db m219485) HM
35 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 11243 — John T. Smith — (March 5, 1815 - February 16, 1874)
New York-born John Titus Smith moved to Texas from Georgia in 1849. He settled on a cotton plantation at McKenzie's Bend on the Trinity River and operated the steamboat "Ida Reese". Smith served as Chief Justice (County Judge) of Houston County, . . . Map (db m219488) HM
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36 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 11062 — John Wortham
A pioneer area landowner and farmer, John Wortham (1804-67) was a petitioner for the creation of Houston County in 1837. He later served as captain of an independent Ranger company, as major in the Republic of Texas Army and as quartermaster of the . . . Map (db m207027) HM
37 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 11222 — Joseph Redmond Rice and Willie Masters Rice — (May 24, 1805 - Aug. 11, 1866) and (Aug. 17, 1809 - Sept. 6, 1881)
Tennessean Joseph R. Rice married Willie, daughter of Jacob Masters, about 1825. By 1828 they lived in a log cabin near this spot. Their children were Sarah (b. 1826), Jacob (b. 1828), twins deceased in infancy, Amanda Elizabeth (1832-1910), John . . . Map (db m239113) HM
38 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 11201 — Judge Elijah Gossett
A soldier in the Army of Texas, 1836 Chief Justice of Houston County, 1841 Born in Tennessee Feb. 1, 1788 Died Nov. 24, 1848 His wife Elizabeth (Stone) Gossett Born in Tennessee Sept. 1, 1789 Died July 6, 1849Map (db m219482) HM
39 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 27 — Kings Highway Camino Real — Old San Antonio Road — Marker #27 — El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail —
Kings Highway Camino Real Old San Antonio Road Marked by The Daughters of The American Revolution and The State of Texas A.D. 1918Map (db m221434) HM
40 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 28 — Kings Highway Camino Real — Old San Antonio Road — Marker #28 — El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail —
Kings Highway Camino Real Old San Antonio Road Marked by The Daughters of The American Revolution and The State of Texas A.D. 1918Map (db m221141) HM
41 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 29 — Kings Highway Camino Real — Old San Antonio Road — Marker #29 — El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail —
Kings Highway Camino Real Old San Antonio Road Marked by The Daughters of The American Revolution and The State of Texas A.D. 1918Map (db m221185) HM
42 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 11217 — Major Isaac Watts Burton
Veteran of San Jacinto • Commander of the "Horse Marines" in June, 1836 • A Senator in the Congress of the Republic 1836-1839 • Born in Georgia in 1805 • Died in January, 1843Map (db m219480) HM
43 Texas, 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
44 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 11211 — Monroe-Crook House
Built 1854 by A.T. Monroe, prominent merchant and grand nephew of U.S. President James Monroe. Style is Greek Revival. Bricks between the inner and outer walls provide insulation and strength. Attorney George W. Crook bought the house in 1911. It is . . . Map (db m207023) HM
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45 Texas, 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
46 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 11221 — Patton-Buchanan Building
Crockett merchant William Monroe Patton (1855-1915) built this commercial structure about 1903. It was the fourth of six buildings he constructed on what became known as the Patton Block and is the only one that retains its original Mesker Bros. . . . Map (db m206924) HM
47 Texas, 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
48 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 7602 — Samuel Fisher Tenney — (March 26, 1840 - July 2, 1926)
Civil War veteran Samuel Fisher Tenney, a Georgia native, graduated from the University of Georgia and from a South Carolina seminary in 1868. He moved to Crockett two years later, following a pastorate in Marshall, Texas. For 54 years Tenney served . . . Map (db m219492) HM
49 Texas, 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
50 Texas, 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
51 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 8810 — Spence-Chamberlain House
This house was built by teacher and lawyer John Spence and his wife Adele, also a teacher, about 1870. John died in 1879, and in 1891 Adele sold the house to druggist B. Frank Chamberlain and his wife Una. Sometime prior to 1920 the Chamberlains . . . Map (db m206969) HM
52 Texas, 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
53 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 7044 — Stanton Cemetery — (0.4 Mi. North)
Stanton Cemetery began with the burials, just days apart, of the young daughter (Sarah A.) and infant son (William H.) of William and Nancy Stanton in 1861. The children, victims of a diphtheria epidemic, were buried on family land. The Stanton's . . . Map (db m221300) HM
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54 Texas, 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
55 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 11247 — The Beazley House
This site was originally part of a Republic of Texas land grant to Andrew Edwards Gossett, a veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto. Around the turn of the century it became part of a real estate development which opened a new Crockett residential . . . Map (db m219450) HM
56 Texas, 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
57 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 11063 — The Rev. John C. Woolam — (January 15, 1813 - January 18, 1894) — Reported damaged
South Carolina native John C. Woolam lived in Tennessee and served in the Florida Indian Wars before coming to Texas in 1838. After being licensed to preach by the Methodist Church in 1840, he served 34 churches in East and Southeast Texas during . . . Map (db m219484) HM
58 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 10964 — W.E. Mayes Property
Alabama native William Elbert "Buck" Mayes (1836-1915) came to this area in 1856. After serving in the Civil War, he returned to Houston County and became a successful businessman with interests in banking, real estate, construction and retail . . . Map (db m206925) HM
59 Texas, 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
60 Texas, Houston County, Crockett — 7920 — William Elbert "Buck" Mayes — (July 14, 1837 - August 27, 1915)
Alabama native William Elbert "Buck" Mayes, son of the Rev. Isaac C. Mayes and Lucinda Fuller, came to Texas in 1856. He married Sarah (Dickerson) Clark in 1858. After serving in the Civil War Mayes returned to Houston County and became a successful . . . Map (db m219493) HM
61 Texas, Houston County, Crockett, New Energy — 7050 — New Energy Cemetery
Established with the burial of a traveler on the land of Mary (Polly) Rice, this cemetery dates to the Civil War era. The first grave that bears an inscribed tombstone, that of Walter Ashmore, is dated 1870. Over the years members of the Duren and . . . Map (db m219431) HM
62 Texas, Houston County, Cut — 12375 — Rockland Cemetery, Church and School
Benjamin Thomas Ellis (1825-1870) was born to John I. and Elizabeth Ann (Goolsby) Ellis in Alabama. The family moved to Texas in 1839, and by 1850 he was living with his wife, Martha E. (Shirley) Ellis and their one-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, on . . . Map (db m232071) HM
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63 Texas, 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
64 Texas, 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
65 Texas, Houston County, Grapeland — 11127 — First Christian Church — Of 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
66 Texas, 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
67 Texas, 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
68 Texas, 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
69 Texas, 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
70 Texas, 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 m201868) HM
71 Texas, 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
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72 Texas, 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
73 Texas, Houston County, Latexo — 11679 — Latexo Baptist Church
The community of Stark Switch, originally known as Oldham, was the home of protestant worship for early settlers from the mid-19th century. Stark Switch Baptist Church of Christ was organized on July 19, 1900, with 27 charter members. The Louisiana . . . Map (db m207028) HM
74 Texas, Houston County, Latexo — 7028 — Town of Latexo
Early community called Oldham, near Bethel Church and school, was renamed Starks' Switch when International & Great Northern Railroad in 1872 laid sidetrack to serve Starks' sawmill (2 Mi. W). Latexo post office opened in 1907, after the . . . Map (db m207030) HM
75 Texas, Houston County, Lovelady — 11234 — C.R. Rich Building
Charles Rufus Rich (1857-1945) completed this building in 1906 as a combination ground floor general mercantile store and second floor residence. A native of Texas, Rich had opened his business in Lovelady in the early 1900s. The commercial . . . Map (db m206906) HM
76 Texas, Houston County, Lovelady — 13087 — Center Hill Cemetery
The Ellis family came from Mississippi to Texas in 1839. Charles McHenry Ellis and Elizabeth Lovelady Ellis had 15 children. After her death in 1865, he wed Aramenta Hartfield, with whom he had 7 children. His oldest son, Byanthy Woodville Ellis, . . . Map (db m232070) HM
77 Texas, Houston County, Lovelady — 11214 — First Baptist Church of Lovelady
The earliest recorded Baptist activity in Lovelady was a Union Sunday school that was organized by 1876. Although an exact date for the formation of a Baptist congregation has not been established, the minutes of the 1879 meeting of the Neches River . . . Map (db m232067) HM
78 Texas, Houston County, Lovelady — 11129 — First United Methodist Church — Of Lovelady
This church was organized in 1872, the year Lovelady was founded. It grew from a Sunday school started by Mrs. J.R.B. Barbee and was chartered by the Rev. William Bonner, a circuit rider, with the assistance of the Rev. J.C. Woolam. For many years . . . Map (db m232062) HM
79 Texas, 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
80 Texas, 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
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81 Texas, Houston County, Lovelady — 14866 — Lovelady School Site — 1888-1986
On this site for almost a century, dedicated teachers, administrators and school board members served the youth of Lovelady and the surrounding area. In 1872, when the townsite of Lovelady was platted, local residents established a school, hiring . . . Map (db m232065) HM
82 Texas, Houston County, Lovelady — 7057 — The Rev. Thomas Nelms Mainer — (Feb. 24, 1877-Nov. 6, 1968)
Born in Lovelady, the Rev. Thomas Nelms Mainer was the son of merchant N. J. Mainer. After editing the local newspaper for several years, the Rev. Mainer attended Baptist Seminary and served as pastor for churches in this area. A leader in community . . . Map (db m239114) HM
83 Texas, Houston County, Lovelady — 7020 — Town of Lovelady
Founded by Houston & Great Northern Railroad investors as line was built through grant of Cyrus Lovelady, near communities of Nevil's Prairie, Pennington, and Weldon. Post office opened on Nov. 8, 1872. Town soon had livery stables, stores, . . . Map (db m206905) HM
84 Texas, 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
85 Texas, 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
86 Texas, 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
87 Texas, 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
88 Texas, 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
89 Texas, Houston County, Weches — 23 — Kings Highway Camino Real — Old San Antonio Road — Marker #23 — El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail —
Kings Highway Camino Real Old San Antonio Road Marked by The Daughters of The American Revolution and The State of Texas A.D. 1918Map (db m219191) HM
90 Texas, Houston County, Weches — 24 — Kings Highway Camino Real — Old San Antonio Road — Marker #24 — El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail —
Kings Highway Camino Real Old San Antonio Road Marked by The Daughters of The American Revolution and The State of Texas A.D. 1918Map (db m219195) HM
91 Texas, Houston County, Weches — 25 — Kings Highway Camino Real — Old San Antonio Road — Marker #25 — El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail —
Kings Highway Camino Real Old San Antonio Road Marked by The Daughters of The American Revolution and The State of Texas A.D. 1918Map (db m219197) HM
92 Texas, 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
93 Texas, 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
94 Texas, 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
95 Texas, 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
96 Texas, 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
97 Texas, 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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