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Historical Markers in Rusk County, Texas

 
Clickable Map of Rusk 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 Rusk County, TX (14) Cherokee County, TX (89) Gregg County, TX (101) Harrison County, TX (87) Nacogdoches County, TX (141) Panola County, TX (21) Shelby County, TX (18) Smith County, TX (104)  RuskCounty(14) Rusk County (14)  CherokeeCounty(89) Cherokee County (89)  GreggCounty(101) Gregg County (101)  HarrisonCounty(87) Harrison County (87)  NacogdochesCounty(141) Nacogdoches County (141)  PanolaCounty(21) Panola County (21)  ShelbyCounty(18) Shelby County (18)  SmithCounty(104) Smith County (104)
Henderson is the county seat for Rusk County
Adjacent to Rusk County, Texas
      Cherokee County (89)  
      Gregg County (101)  
      Harrison County (87)  
      Nacogdoches County (141)  
      Panola County (21)  
      Shelby County (18)  
      Smith County (104)  
 
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1 Texas, Rusk County, Henderson — 16031 — Blossom Hill United Methodist Church
Blossom Hill United Methodist Church was established in 1879, when Mr. and Mrs. L.H. Patterson donated the first church property. The church was first known as Pleasant Hill Methodist Episcopal Church and was the first church established in the . . . Map (db m221465) HM
2 Texas, Rusk County, Henderson — 11000 — Hardeman-Griffin House
Constructed in 1884 for Mr. and Mrs. John S. Hardeman, this home was purchased in 1918 by H. L. and Nellie Griffin. Both Hardeman (1852-1925) and Griffin (1860-1947) were Henderson businessmen. The house, which exhibits elements of the Eastlake and . . . Map (db m221461) HM
3 Texas, Rusk County, Henderson — 11003 — Henderson
Founded as the county seat for the newly created county of Rusk in 1843, Henderson was named for Republic of Texas pioneer and statesman James Pinckney Henderson, who would later become the first Governor of the State of Texas. Land for the town was . . . Map (db m221476) HM
4 Texas, Rusk County, Henderson — 11012 — Masonic Lodge Building
Constructed in 1884 by S. M. and J. H. Mims, this building was purchased in 1893 by Clinton Lodge No. 23, A. F. & A. M., which had been chartered in 1845 when Texas was an independent republic. The Masons conducted meetings on the second floor of . . . Map (db m221478) HM
5 Texas, Rusk County, Henderson — 11013 — Merritt Building
One of the first lots occupied after the town of Henderson was founded in 1848, this site has been a cornerstone in the city's downtown development. Jesse F. Merritt bought the lot in 1883 and had this brick building constructed for his Sunny South . . . Map (db m221479) HM
6 Texas, Rusk County, Henderson — 17979 — The 1860 Henderson Fire
The fire of August 5, 1860 in Henderson, Texas, marked the beginning of the end of the Union in Texas. As a successful agricultural and commercial center, Henderson was one of the most important cities in Texas. Fires erupted all over Texas during . . . Map (db m221474) HM
7 Texas, Rusk County, Henderson — 11056 — Thomas J. Rusk
December Fifth 1803 July Twenty Ninth 1857 Soldier • Patriot Jurist • Statesman Left Side He signed the Declaration of Independence. Helped draft the Constitution to a large degree. He devised the court system and served as . . . Map (db m221307) HM
8 Texas, Rusk County, Henderson — 11076 — Trammel's Trace
. . . Map (db m104812) HM
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9 Texas, Rusk County, Joinerville — Commemorating The Daisy Bradford #3
. . . Map (db m159856) HM
10 Texas, Rusk County, Joinerville — 10998 — Gaston Public School Complex
An oil boom here in the early 1930s prompted the formal organization of the Gaston Independent School District in 1931 to cope with the community's rapidly expanding student population. The district chose Dallas architects Emory White and Howard . . . Map (db m105651) HM
11 Texas, Rusk County, Joinerville — The First Well in the East Texas Oil Field
The first well in the East Texas Oil Field was discovered by C. M. (Dad) Joiner in October, 1930. This discovery, 1.2 miles north of this point, led to the development of the largest oil field in America. Pioneer Park Dedicated to . . . Map (db m164024) HM
12 Texas, Rusk County, Joinerville — 10980 — The Joiner No. 3 Daisy BradfordEast Texas Oil Field Discovery Well
Discovery genius was C. M. (Dad) Joiner, 70-year-old Oklahoman who for years believed there was oil in Rusk County. Driller was E. C. Laster. Crew: Dennis May, Dave Cherry, Glenn Pool, Jim Lambert and Dave Hughes. Joiner's 2 early efforts . . . Map (db m105656) HM
13 Texas, Rusk County, New London — 11009 — London Baptist Church
London Baptist Church traces its history to 1856. By 1857 church members shared meeting facilities with the Odd Fellows Lodge in a jointly owned building located on the stagecoach route from Henderson to Waco. The structure was destroyed by fire in . . . Map (db m221463) HM
14 Texas, Rusk County, New London — 11023 — New London School Explosion
On March 18, 1937, a massive explosion destroyed the New London Junior-Senior High School, instantly killing an estimated 296 students and teachers. The subsequent deaths of victims from injuries sustained that day brought the final death count to . . . Map (db m221240) HM
 
 
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Apr. 17, 2024