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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Lavaca County, Texas

Clickable Map of Lavaca 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> Lavaca County, TX (70) Colorado County, TX (45) DeWitt County, TX (38) Fayette County, TX (65) Gonzales County, TX (57) Jackson County, TX (13) Victoria County, TX (31)  LavacaCounty(70) Lavaca County (70)  ColoradoCounty(45) Colorado County (45)  DeWittCounty(38) DeWitt County (38)  FayetteCounty(65) Fayette County (65)  GonzalesCounty(57) Gonzales County (57)  JacksonCounty(13) Jackson County (13)  VictoriaCounty(31) Victoria County (31)
Adjacent to Lavaca County, Texas
    Colorado County (45)
    DeWitt County (38)
    Fayette County (65)
    Gonzales County (57)
    Jackson County (13)
    Victoria County (31)
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1Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 40 — 50th Anniversary of Battle of Galveston
Jan. 1, 1863 --- Jan. 1, 1914 In commemorating the 50th anniversary of the capture of Galveston by the Southern Confederacy. Gen. Arthur P. Bagby commanding the "Neptune." Banners may be furled but heroism lives forever. Capt. J. T. . . . Map (db m128143) HM WM
2Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 18904 — American Legion Hudgeons Post 230
Following World War I, Local Veterans of Hallettsville created the Hudgeons Post 230 in 1920. They wanted to serve fellow veterans and the community through an American Legion Post. The branch was named Hudgeons Post in honor of Mr. And Mrs. Eli . . . Map (db m167126) HM
3Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 217 — Arthur Pendleton Bagby(May 17, 1833 - February 21, 1921)
Native Alabamian, last surviving member of West Point class of 1852, lawyer, Colonel in 7th Texas Confederate Cavalry, participant in Sibley's New Mexico campaign, commanded volunteer land troops on board Confederate ship Neptune during . . . Map (db m132425) HM
4Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 725 — Captain Leiper Willoughby
Came to Texas in 1831. Member Captain William H. Patton's Company at the Battle of San Jacinto. Served in the Vasquez Campaign and against the Indians in 1842. Died in 1874.Map (db m132421) HM
5Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 13567 — City Cemetery
On July 19, 1889, the Hallettsville town council met to discuss the poor condition of various small cemeteries in the city. Mayor Fritz Lindenberg appointed Volney Ellis, W.H. Turk and E.H. Mitchel to find suitable land for burials outside the . . . Map (db m167099) HM
6Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 18937 — East Side Church of God
According to church history, the Hallettsville Church of God was the first African American Church of God in Texas. Founded in the early 1900s, the church did not have a leader and met in members' homes for its first twelve years. When the . . . Map (db m167154) HM
7Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 1489 — Entrance to Old Estate of John Hallett
Member of Stephen F. Austin's colony, and an old sea captain. His log cabin was the first home in the area, 1833. Hallettsville is named for his widow, Margaret, who gave land for the town in 1852, when it became the county seat. Recorded . . . Map (db m167148) HM
8Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 1638 — First Baptist Church of Hallettsville
According to local oral tradition, Baptists in Hallettsville began worshiping together about 1851. A congregation of fourteen people was in operation by 1854. Early worship services were conducted in a three-story building which served the . . . Map (db m167114) HM
9Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 1758 — First Methodist Church of Hallettsville
Methodist circuit riders under the stewardship of John W. DeVilbiss and Henderson D. Palmer served this area as early as 1842. This congregation traces its origin to a Methodist society established by eleven charter members in 1851. Early services . . . Map (db m132428) HM
10Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 1797 — First National Bank of Hallettsville
Oldest bank in Lavaca County; has operated in this city block continuously since its establishment by Friench Simpson (1848-1923) and Carey Shaw (1854-1944), former employees of the J. H. Simpson Bank, Columbus. Shaw was also one of the original . . . Map (db m128141) HM
11Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 2135 — General John W. WhitfieldHome County of Texas Confederate
(Front) Born Tennessee. Legislator. Went to Missouri 1853. Indian agent Kansas Territory. Kansas representative U.S. Congress 1854-57. Moved Texas before Civil War. Organized Lavaca County company for C.S.A. 1861. Led 4th . . . Map (db m132426) HM
12Texas (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
13Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 2339 — Hallettsville
Founded 1833 when John Hallett erected a log cabin near Lavaca River. Town was named for his widow, Margaret, who gave the land when town became county seat in 1852. Farming, livestock, poultry processing, and cotton marketing center. State . . . Map (db m167123) HM
14Texas (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
15Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 18118 — Hallettsville Public Library
As early as 1893, the citizens of Lavaca County expressed an interest in establishing a county library. In September 1932, two local citizens, Mrs. Harvey Renger and Miss Evelyn Lacy, organized a rental library known as the “Library . . . Map (db m167116) HM
16Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 2342 — Hallettsville Public Schools
The existence of schools in Hallettsville can be traced to the early 1850s. Alma Male and Female Institute was established in 1852 just east of the town square on land donated by Margaret Hallett. The local Masonic lodge provided space in their . . . Map (db m167107) HM
17Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 2822 — John Wilkins WhitfieldBrigadier General, C.S.A.
Battle of Pea Ridge, commanded "Whitfield's Legion" at Iuka, Brigade commander Vicksburg Campaign, Texas legislatorMap (db m132419) HM
18Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 2860 — Joseph Kent
Came to Texas about 1832 Fought in the Texas War for Independence at Bexar, 1835 and at San Jacinto, 1836 Died in Lavaca County, 1849Map (db m132420) HM
19Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 3050 — Lavaca County Courthouse
Fifth structure to serve as seat of justice for Lavaca, created originally as "La Baca", a judicial county, by Congress of Republic of Texas in 1842. Declared unconstitutional along with other judicial counties, it was created anew by First . . . Map (db m128140) HM
20Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 3537 — Murchison Masonic LodgeNo. 80, A.F. & A.M.
Considered oldest organized group in Lavaca County. Under dispensation granted March 29, 1850, Lodge was chartered January 31, 1851, and named for early Texas colonist and Masonic leader John Murchison, Fayette County. First officers: Isaac J. . . . Map (db m167149) HM
21Texas (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, 1967Map (db m26534) HM
22Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 3958 — Paul Scarborough
Came to Texas in 1835 Served in the Texas Army from October 3 to December 14, 1835 Member Company D, First Regiment Texas Volunteers at San Jacinto, 1836Map (db m132422) HM
23Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 4040 — Pioneer Settlers Killed by the Indians Comanches and Tonkahues
William Ponton, Ponton's Creek, May 1834 O'Dougherty Family: Father and three children, and John Douglas Family Father, Mother and two children, Clark's Creek, March 4, 1836. John Hibbens and George Creath, Rocky Creek, March 1836 . . . Map (db m132427) HM
24Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 12022 — Rabb Switch
Edward M. Rabb (1855-1908) a native of La Grange, Fayette County, Texas, was the son of William and Prudence Smalley Rabb. In the 1880s Dr. Edward M. Rabb settled in this area and purchased 2089 acres of land from S. W. Campbell. At his death, . . . Map (db m128142) HM
25Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 17564 — Richardson Chapel United Methodist Church
The early members of the Richardson Chapel United Methodist Church were former slaves that attended the Methodist Episcopal Church of Hallettsville prior to emancipation. Freedom allowed these former slaves to form their own church, and they chose . . . Map (db m167127) HM
26Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 4430 — Sacred Heart Catholic Church
This congregation was founded as a mission of St. Mary's Catholic Church (about four miles west of Hallettsville). The Rev. John Anthony Forest served the new congregation, as well as other missions in Lavaca County. Early worship services were . . . Map (db m167120) HM
27Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 15153 — Site of the Alma Male and Female Institute
As early as the 1840s, area residents could send their children to the few small, private schools available. In 1852, when Hallettsville was chosen as Lavaca County seat the town founder, Margaret Hallett, donated land for the town site, county . . . Map (db m167151) HM
28Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 13437 — St. James Episcopal Church
The community of Hallettsville began in 1836, when Margaret Hallett donated land for the townsite. By that time, there were several families living in the area, and settlement increased throughout the 19th century. In July 1875, Gen. Arthur . . . Map (db m167105) HM
29Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 5075 — St. Peter Lutheran Church
The history of Lutheran ministry in the Hallettsville area can be traced to 1868, when the Rev. Christian Geiger began missionary work among the area's German immigrants. Meeting first in the nearby Pagel settlement, a congregation was formally . . . Map (db m167113) HM
30Texas (Lavaca County), Hallettsville — 5106 — Stephen Tucker Foley
Came to Texas in 1834 Served in the Army of Texas, 1836 A member of Captain William Heard's Company of Citizen Soldiers at the Battle of San JacintoMap (db m132423) HM
31Texas (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
32Texas (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
33Texas (Lavaca County), Moravia — 12020 — Moravia General Store
Ignac (J.E.) Jalufka and Jakob Hollub brought their families to northern Lavaca County in 1874, followed by several other Czech families. Founded in 1881, Moravia was so named to honor Moravia, Czechoslovakia, the settlers' homeland. The first . . . Map (db m164273) HM
34Texas (Lavaca County), Moravia — 4838 — Site of Moravia School
Many Czech and German immigrants settled in this area of South Texas in the 1870s. Moravia was a Czech farming community that included homes, a Catholic church, businesses, and a school. The first school in the Moravia community was a one-room . . . Map (db m164271) HM
35Texas (Lavaca County), Moravia — 16715 — SPJST Moravia Cemetery
Immigrants from northeastern Moravia (current Czech Republic) settled in the area presently known as Moravia, Texas. Moravia was founded by Jakub Hollub and his son-in-law Ignac (J.E.) Jalufka when they established a store in 1881. They named the . . . Map (db m164314) HM
36Texas (Lavaca County), Moulton — 18625 — Adolph Hofner
Adolph Hofner was born in Moulton in 1916 and became an early pioneer of the musical genre called Western Swing, popular in the late 1940s and 1950s. His musical repertoire encompassed Western Swing, Pop, Blues, Country, Jazz and traditional Czech . . . Map (db m164214) HM
37Texas (Lavaca County), Moulton — 17826 — Cotton Grove Dance Floor & Store
Following World War II, hundreds of soldiers came home from the battlefield to the rural areas of Lavaca County. The returning veterans needed a place to gather, socialize and enjoy their victory. Soldiers and their dates came to the Cotton Grove . . . Map (db m164267) HM
38Texas (Lavaca County), Moulton — 15703 — Culak's School
In 1916, nineteen taxpayers of the Moulton Independent School District (MISD) petitioned the county court to establish a new rural school for northwest Lavaca County, because unpaved roads and a lack of school buses made it difficult for rural . . . Map (db m155565) HM
39Texas (Lavaca County), Moulton — Dr. Hugo J. Strieder
Born on March 21, 1907, in a small farmhouse four miles east of Moulton near the small hamlet of Komensky, Hugo J. Strieder knew at a young age that he was destined to be a doctor. From humble beginnings, he graduated as salutatorian of Moulton . . . Map (db m164213) HM
40Texas (Lavaca County), Moulton — 2654 — Issaac D. Hamilton
Came to Texas from Alabama in January 1836 · A member of Captain Jack Shackelford's Red Rover Company under Colonel Fannin's Command · March 18-19, 1836 Miraculously escaped from the Goliad Massacre Erected by the State of Texas . . . Map (db m164193) HM
41Texas (Lavaca County), Moulton — 3485 — Moulton
Founded (about 2 mi NW) in early 1850s. Moved to this site after 1887 when the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad extended its line from Yoakum to Waco, placing a station at this point. Sam and Will Moore, brothers, took lead in building an . . . Map (db m164250) HM
42Texas (Lavaca County), Moulton — 3486 — Moulton Masonic Lodge#298 - A.F. and A.M
First meeting held July 20, 1866. Chartered June 15, 1867, with 18 members. First building erected in cooperation with Live Oak Church, in 1874. Through the years, this Lodge has shared its building with other groups. It moved in 1894 to New . . . Map (db m164209) HM
43Texas (Lavaca County), Moulton — Moulton Veterans Memorial
In honoring fallen troops we must respect the living In honor and memory of all who served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America, especially those who were killed in action defending the democracy of the United States of . . . Map (db m164321) WM
44Texas (Lavaca County), Moulton — 18168 — Moulton’s World War II Observation Tower
Prior to the widespread use of radar, elevated observation towers placed along the coastline provided early warning against axis air attack during World War II. Organized in May 1941 by the U.S. Army Air Corps as the Ground Observer Corps (GOC), . . . Map (db m164252) HM
45Texas (Lavaca County), Moulton — 3692 — Old Boehm Store
This was site of first business in "New" Moulton, founded 1887 on advent of San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad. In the same year, Edward Boehm (1854-1920) built a frame store; enlarged it in 1897; and in 1906 rebuilt, using native stone. His . . . Map (db m164208) HM
46Texas (Lavaca County), Moulton — 3771 — Old Moulton
At this point was center of original town of Moulton (named, according to tradition, by a man from Moulton, Alabama). First postmaster was James Walker (1856). Town gained statewide fame for the Moulton Institute operated 1874-1895 by Melvin H. . . . Map (db m164189) HM
47Texas (Lavaca County), Moulton — 3772 — Old Moulton Baptist Church
Organized 1873 by 25 former members of the Live Oak Church located near Nickel, Texas. Two-story structure built 1873-74; cornerstone laid January 31, 1874. Upper story used by Masonic Lodge until 1894; later served as schoolroom; removed about . . . Map (db m164190) HM
48Texas (Lavaca County), Moulton — 3773 — Old Moulton Cemetery
Although local oral tradition holds that there may be older interments, the earliest documented grave in this cemetery is that of Louisa Lattimer (1842-1857). Early settlers Robert H. and Eliza J. McGinty deeded some land for cemetery use. Those . . . Map (db m164192) HM
49Texas (Lavaca County), Moulton — 3878 — Orrin L. Winters Cabin
Originally a two-room cabin, built about 1853 near the Lavaca River (2 miles northeast) by Orrin L. Winters (1811-1902), a native of Tennessee. He lived in the structure until 1873. About 1902, the oak log cabin was torn down by Adam Schutz, and . . . Map (db m164241) HM
50Texas (Lavaca County), Moulton — 4510 — Sam and Will Moore Institute
Name honors brothers who gave site and half costs of building; the community matched their donation. Architect: H. Struve. Contractors: Joel Meyer & Co. Order of Sons of Hermann laid cornerstone July 31, 1901, in a gala celebration including a . . . Map (db m164201) HM
51Texas (Lavaca County), Moulton — 4511 — Sam and Will Moore Institute Bell
At institute's opening (1901), this bell rang the school day hours and soon became town's fire alarm. Its proudest day of civic use was November 11, 1918, when it sounded news of the armistice ending World War I. Discarded in 1939, it was restored . . . Map (db m164202) HM
52Texas (Lavaca County), Moulton — 4820 — Site of Komensky School
Citizens of the Czech/German Woods Prairie settlement created a fund and hired a carpenter in 1895 to build a community school. By fall 1895 a one-room schoolhouse, named for 17th century Czech (Moravian) educator and religious leader Jan Amos . . . Map (db m164269) HM
53Texas (Lavaca County), Moulton — 4837 — Site of Moore Hotel
William J. and Mary O'Daniel Moore moved to Texas from Alabama with their family in 1845, and settled in Lavaca County in 1853 on 500 acres. Moore was a farmer and raised livestock. Their son Samuel B. Moore also became a farmer and rancher. In . . . Map (db m164248) HM
54Texas (Lavaca County), Moulton — 4924 — Site of the Camp of the Texas Army
March 15, 1836 under the command of General Sam Houston while retreating from Gonzales to the Brazos River Erected by the State of Texas 1936Map (db m164249) HM
55Texas (Lavaca County), Moulton — 5047 — St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
One of the oldest communities in Lavaca County, the town of Moulton was originally located about two miles from the current townsite. When the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad completed a line through the area in 1887, the population shifted . . . Map (db m164196) HM
56Texas (Lavaca County), Moulton — 17498 — St. Paul's African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church
Following the Civil War and Emancipation, the small but vibrant black population around Moulton began to be served by missionaries of a newly formed offshoot of the Methodist Church called the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church. In 1867, . . . Map (db m164251) HM
57Texas (Lavaca County), Moulton — 5959 — Zion Lutheran Church
Circuit-riding pastors served the religious needs of German Lutheran settlers of this area as early as the 1870s. A group of worshipers met to organize a congregation in March 1902. Land was purchased and construction of Zion Lutheran Church began . . . Map (db m164206) HM
58Texas (Lavaca County), Shiner — 1769 — First Methodist Church of Shiner
The Methodist Episcopal Church, South, of Shiner, Texas, was organized on November 1, 1887, in the office of L. P. Amsler, Shiner's first mayor. The Rev. C. C. Armstrong presided over the first service. In 1889 local rancher David Kokernot . . . Map (db m128138) HM
59Texas (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
60Texas (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
61Texas (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
62Texas (Lavaca County), Shiner — 4460 — Saint Ludmila's Academy
The first Catholic school in Shiner was built in 1896 by Scherbohm and Mewes, contractors. The two story French style frame building housed two classrooms, a dining room and kitchen on the first floor, and a residence for the Sisters on the second . . . Map (db m128137) HM
63Texas (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
64Texas (Lavaca County), Shiner — 16809 — Sarah Creath McSherry Hibbens Stinnett Howard(1810-1870)
Sarah Howard suffered much at the savagery of the Texas wilderness. Born in Illinois, Sarah came to Texas with her husband, John McSherry, in 1828. The next year, John was killed near their home by Indians. Sarah later married John Hibbens, but . . . Map (db m128139) HM
65Texas (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
66Texas (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
67Texas (Lavaca County), Yoakum — 1777 — First Methodist Church of Yoakum
The Rev. Thomas S. Armstrong, sent by the East Texas Conference of the Methodist Church to establish a church in Yoakum, led a small group of Methodists in organizing this congregation on October 28, 1889. The charter members included Mrs. M.M. . . . Map (db m167172) HM
68Texas (Lavaca County), Yoakum — 16384 — St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery
Catholics in the Brushy Community, which was a rural settlement that developed beginning in the 1830s along the Brushy and Supple Jack Creeks, first organized a church around 1847, building a log sanctuary. However, it wasn't until 1869 that, . . . Map (db m167178) HM
69Texas (Lavaca County), Yoakum — 5442 — The Trail Drivers of Southwest Texas
In Memory of The Trail Drivers of Southwest Texas Who Passed This Way 1867 – 1887 Erected by the State of Texas 1936Map (db m125471) HM
70Texas (Lavaca County), Yoakum — 5926 — 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 official . . . Map (db m125469) HM
May. 18, 2021