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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Uvalde County, Texas
Adjacent to Uvalde County, Texas
► Bandera County (33) ► Edwards County (18) ► Frio County (10) ► Kinney County (39) ► Maverick County (7) ► Medina County (49) ► Real County (13) ► Zavala County (8)
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|First settler, Celeste Pingenot came to this area in 1870. He built first house on south bank of Turkey Creek, 1871. Established stagecoach stand, store and inn; named it Wallace. He was first postmaster, commissioned, 1878.
Community protected . . . — — Map (db m79256) HM|
|Served by the Texas & New Orleans Railroad since 1882, this area was settled in 1887 by George Knippa. A freighter who worked between East Texas and Mexico, Knippa also encouraged many friends to move to the fertile land of this county. In 1899 . . . — — Map (db m90162) HM|
| Bishop W. B. Elliott held first Episcopal rites in Montell, 1880. Church was built with donations from friends throughout the world, under the leadership of the Rev. Richard Galbraith, who came from Ireland in 1883. The first service was held in . . . — — Map (db m161306) HM|
|Home Town Confederate General John R. Baylor 1822-1895Born in Kentucky. Came to Texas Republic 1839. Colorful Indian fighter. In War against Cherokees 1840. Member Texas Legislature 1853. Comanche agent 1855-57. Delegate from Weatherford, . . . — — Map (db m52681) HM|
|A Methodist Church mission was established in the community of Montell in 1889. Served by missionary N. W. Keith, the congregation met in a number of locations, including a brush arbor in the summer months. A Union Sunday School was organized by . . . — — Map (db m161307) HM|
| Third mission under this name founded in Texas. Established near here on the Nueces River in 1762 by Franciscan missionaries for the conversion of the Indians and protection of Spanish lands. Typical of many Spanish missions in Texas, Candelaria . . . — — Map (db m161656) HM|
| First established by Franciscan missionaries in 1749 on the San Gabriel River with the hope of civilizing and Christianizing the Coco, Mayene, Karankawa, Orcoquiza and other Indian tribes. Reestablished under the same name on the San Marcos River . . . — — Map (db m161660) HM|
|In this vicinity
June 24, 1841, Captain John Coffee Hays and his Company of 16 Rangers assisted by thirty Mexicans under Captain Flores encountered ten Comanche Indians Killed eight and captured the other two None of the Rangers were killed . . . — — Map (db m64459) HM|
|Named by Spanish for Rio Sabina and Cypress trees along river.
Town founded in 1854 by Thomas B. Hammer who operated a stage shop and was first postmaster.
Despite Indian depredations, town thrived as settlers built homes, and a railroad . . . — — Map (db m94690) HM|
|This church began in 1876 as part of the Sabinal circuit assigned to the Rev. Henry T. Hill. Circuit ministers served the fellowship until 1900, when it became an organized congregation. Services were held in the Christian and Baptist church . . . — — Map (db m94689) HM|
|Established July 12, 1856 by Captain Albert G. Brackett, Second U.S. Cavalry, as a protection to the San Antonio - El Paso Road and frontier settlers Occupied by Federal troops until November, 1856 Later served as a Ranger camp — — Map (db m64460) HM|
| Served in the Army of Texas, 1835-36 A ranger under Capt. John C. Hays A member of the Somervell Expedition, 1842 Born in Missouri Sept. 11, 1817 Died Nov. 20, 1905 His wife Elizabeth Turner Highsmith Born in Missouri March 22, 1836 Died . . . — — Map (db m155541) HM|
| Who commanded the Second Company of the Second Regiment of San Jacinto ·· Born in Kentucky, January 15, 1800 · Died March 9, 1853 — — Map (db m155540) HM|
| In 1879, the Rev. Irvin Jones (1825-1903) deeded two acres of land on his homestead to the Utopia Methodist Church for use as a cemetery. His wife, Elizabeth, had been buried in the center of the two-acre site upon her death in 1886. Early . . . — — Map (db m155389) HM|
| Utopia's first building. Erected 1873 of native rock; for R. H. Kincheloe, owner; by Joe Hastler, stonemason. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1967 — — Map (db m155386) HM|
| First nonmilitary colony in Uvalde County, founded 1852 by Capt. William Ware, veteran of Battle of San Jacinto. Ware built first log cabin home (still standing). Other early settlers included Gideon Thompson, whose wife was first . . . — — Map (db m155557) HM|
| The Waresville Cemetery is one of the last reminders of the Old Waresville Settlement on the Sabinal River established by Captain William Ware (1800-1853). Ware came to Texas in 1828 and first settled in Montgomery County. He fought for . . . — — Map (db m155543) HM|
| Capt. William Ware was born in 1800 to Joseph and Elizabeth Ware in Kentucky (Georgia in some sources). In 1828, he and his wife, Ann Murphy, and their three children moved to Montgomery County, Texas. From there, Ware raised a military company in . . . — — Map (db m155556) HM|
|In appreciation of
1830 - Reading Wood Black - 1867
Who came to Texas from New Jersey
in 1852 and founded Uvalde in
May 1855 — — Map (db m82448) HM|
Maryland native William Benson (b. 1837) came to Texas after graduating from college as a civil engineer. After settling in Brazoria County he became a teacher. During the Civil War he commanded a cavalry regiment as one of the youngest captains . . . — — Map (db m111498) HM|
| Here on May 29, 1861, two of southwest Texas' most feared Indian fighters were ambushed by a band of 20 hostile Indians.
Henry Robinson - tall and red-bearded - was so well known to the tribes that they had painted his picture on a rock near . . . — — Map (db m161489) HM|
|Places of shelter for drivers, teams and wagons. Here travelers could cook bacon, eggs, beans, coffee; talk with friends and strangers. For people from the country, a wagon yard was both a hotel and a social center. Usually it was an open area . . . — — Map (db m64461) HM|
The Western Texas Presbytery assigned the Rev. James R. Bridges to the Uvalde field in 1881.
Serving Bandera, Brackettville, Del Rio, Montell and the Nueces and Frio Canyon areas, Bridges found Uvalde and especially its surrounding areas wild . . . — — Map (db m111330) HM|
| A major road west from San Antonio forked in the area of these forts. One road went toward El Paso, the other to the Rio Grande at Eagle Pass. Travelers heading west put on their guns in this region, the start of hostile Indian country, troops . . . — — Map (db m52683) HM|
|Established in July 1941, Garner Army Air Field was named in honor of former vice president John Nance Garner, a Texas native. Hangar Six, a private flying school owned by John Lapham of San Antonio, provided flight training conducted by civilians . . . — — Map (db m82447) HM|
|Staged outstanding musicals, dramas. Built 1891 by local men for professional troupes. Also scene of home talent plays, some directed by Ben K. Franklin, a former actor who settled here. Programs created social stir, with lavish dress and parties. . . . — — Map (db m64462) HM|
|Stock-raiser and captain of a company of volunteer Indian fighters. Killed near here by 30 Comanches. Inquest for him was first in area for Indian victim. Settlers and soldiers from Fort Inge trailed the band 200 miles. After battle, found . . . — — Map (db m117850) HM|
|Vice President of U.S. 1933-1941. Began career as Uvalde County Judge 1893-1896. Served in Texas Legislature 1898-1902; in U.S. Congress 1904-1932, where he was, in last term, Speaker of House of Representatives. Also an able trial lawyer, rancher, . . . — — Map (db m83050) HM|
|Memorial to Ettie R. Garner, secretary to her husband in his long career as a statesman.
John Nance Garner, born Nov. 22, 1868, was in Texas Legislature, 1898-1902; U.S. Congress, 1902-1932 (Speaker of the House in last term); Vice-President of . . . — — Map (db m161284) HM|
|has been designated a
National Historic Landmark
This site possesses national significance
in commemorating the history of the
Unites States of America — — Map (db m118238) HM|
Honoring 97th birthday, November 22, 1965 of
Judge John Nance Garner
Cherished by fellow citizens of Uvalde County for his acts of leadership, philanthropy and dedication to area progress.
Able trial lawyer; rancher and banker. . . . — — Map (db m82523) HM|
|This four-story hotel building was constructed in 1927 by the family of William Davis "Billy" Kincaid (b. 1854) in memory of his life as a prominent Uvalde cattleman, businessman, and civic leader. The Kincaid Hotel became a popular place for . . . — — Map (db m64463) HM|
|Celebrated outlaw who became a peace officer. Once undisputed ruler of a 5,000-square-mile area of Southwest Texas, centered in Eagle Pass and known as King Fisher's Territory.
Son of Jobe and Lucinda Fisher, at age 17 Fisher settled on . . . — — Map (db m82288) HM|
| Born in Asherton. Served as a patrolman with Uvalde Police Department, 1958-1961. Was killed in line of duty. In his memory, a plaque was given to city by pupils of Uvalde schools. Franklin and wife Jeanne had 2 children, Patricia and William. . . . — — Map (db m161503) HM|
Four years after Uvalde became a railroad shipping point, the people of the city built their first school building. Completed in 1885, the facility served all grade levels.
The picketed structure was constructed of cedar logs and erected on . . . — — Map (db m111329) HM|
| Pioneer law officer Patrick F. Garrett, renowned for killing outlaw Billy the Kid in 1881, lived in a house at this site during his residence in Uvalde.
He had come from Alabama to Texas in 1869; here he worked as a farmer, cowboy, and . . . — — Map (db m161493) HM|
|On this site stood home and trading post of Reading Wood Black. Native of New Jersey, he settled in Texas, 1853, near Leona River where he was successful in many business ventures. Founded town of Uvalde; gave land for public school. Elected County . . . — — Map (db m64490) HM|
|A native of New Jersey, Reading Wood Black founded the town of Encino (later renamed Uvalde) in 1855. The following year he was instrumental in the formation of Uvalde County. An active civic leader and supporter of education, Black served as County . . . — — Map (db m161495) HM|
|This building, constructed in 1909-10, has long been a part of Uvalde's commercial development. The first floor originally was used for ice storage and a meat market, while the upper story served as a dance hall, private club, and Grand Jury room. . . . — — Map (db m161490) HM|
Built in 1927 as the home of Lee Schwartz, local merchant and city alderman, and his wife Agnes (Racer), this house was designed by San Antonio architect Will A. Noonan. Constructed on land formerly owned by Mrs. Schwartz's mother, the house was . . . — — Map (db m111331) HM|
|Established by Captain Sidney Burbank, First U.S. Infantry, on March 13, 1849. Named in honor of Lieutenant Zebulon M.P. Inge, who fell at Resaca de la Palma May 9, 1846. Protected the Southern Overland Stage mail route from Indian raids. Federal . . . — — Map (db m61252) HM|
|This newspaper succeeded earlier ones: the Uvalde "Hesperian" (founded 1879), "West Texan" (1884), the Uvalde "News" (1886), and the "Leader" of 1898.
Harry P. Hornby (1876-1948), an Englishman, arrived in January 1898 and in three weeks . . . — — Map (db m161283) HM|
|Constructed and commissioned by the U.S. Navy in 1944, the "USS Uvalde" was a C-2 type cargo ship named to honor former United States Vice-President John Nance Garner and the county of his residence. The "Uvalde" was built by the Moore Drydock . . . — — Map (db m161282) HM|
|Created 1850. Named for canyon which in turn had been named for the Spanish Army Captain Juan de Ugalde, who fought and routed Indians here in 1790. Over the years, "Ugalde" became "Uvalde". Many cattle, sheep, goats are raised; and Uvalde honey is . . . — — Map (db m64565) HM|
|Completed in 1928, this structure replaced Uvalde County's 1890 Courthouse. The Commissioner's Court hired architect Henry T. Phelps, who had designed several other Texas courthouses, and prominent local builder M. H. Ryland to manage the . . . — — Map (db m64564) HM|
|The Rev. Thomas Myers organized this congregation in 1856, soon after the town of Uvalde was founded. At that time, this was the Western limit of the Methodist Ministry in Texas. Early members of the Uvalde congregation included the Dillard, . . . — — Map (db m161492) HM|