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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Van Zandt County, Texas

Clickable Map of Van Zandt 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> Van Zandt County, TX (21) Henderson County, TX (22) Hunt County, TX (46) Kaufman County, TX (92) Rains County, TX (8) Smith County, TX (100) Wood County, TX (67)  VanZandtCounty(21) Van Zandt County (21)  HendersonCounty(22) Henderson County (22)  HuntCounty(46) Hunt County (46)  KaufmanCounty(92) Kaufman County (92)  RainsCounty(8) Rains County (8)  SmithCounty(100) Smith County (100)  WoodCounty(67) Wood County (67)
Adjacent to Van Zandt County, Texas
    Henderson County (22)
    Hunt County (46)
    Kaufman County (92)
    Rains County (8)
    Smith County (100)
    Wood County (67)
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1Texas (Van Zandt County), Ben Wheeler — 15790 — Alamo Institute
In 1890 Van Zandt county had 81 schools but none for higher learning. In April 1890, Prof. James F. Davidson and J. W. Downs held a community meeting in the Old Clough School House in Ben Wheeler. They presented a plan, adopted unanimously, to . . . — Map (db m74158) HM
2Texas (Van Zandt County), Ben Wheeler — 16917 — Ben Wheeler Community
Just as Native Americans were attracted to this area because of the climate and resources, early settlers also utilized these resources. The area was originally named Clough after George W. Clough (1820-1884) who, in 1868, purchased the 640-acre . . . — Map (db m73951) HM
3Texas (Van Zandt County), Ben Wheeler — 16591 — Morgan G. Sanders(July 14, 1878 - January 7, 1956)
Legislator Morgan Gurley Sanders was born near Ben Wheeler. He published newspapers, worked as journal clerk of the state senate and was admitted to the State Bar of Texas before winning a seat in the state legislature. His public service as a . . . — Map (db m74159) HM
4Texas (Van Zandt County), Canton — 11435 — Caldwell Walton Raines(September 18, 1839 - August 2, 1906)
Born in Georgia, Raines came to Texas in 1858. After serving in Gen. R. M. Gano's Texas Cavalry Regiment in the Civil War, he was a teacher in New Braunfels and a lawyer in Canton. Van Zandt County Judge from 1876 to 1878, he played a major role in . . . — Map (db m54081) HM
5Texas (Van Zandt County), Canton — 11419 — Hillcrest Cemetery
Located within the original 1850 town plat of Canton, this cemetery has served citizens of this area for well over a century. The oldest documented burial is that of Ann Calhoon (1807-1860). Among those buried here in marked and unmarked graves are . . . — Map (db m28120) HM
6Texas (Van Zandt County), Canton — 12762 — John H. Reagan
John Henninger Reagan was born in 1818 to Timothy Richard and Elizabeth Reagan in Sevier County, Tennessee. He worked at his father's tannery and on the family farm, attending school sporadically, until leaving the state in 1838. Reagan came in . . . — Map (db m54002) HM
7Texas (Van Zandt County), Canton — 11436 — Oran Milo Roberts(July 9, 1815 - May 19, 1898)
A South Carolina-born Alabama legislator, Oran M. Roberts came to San Augustine, Texas in 1841. He served in district and state judicial positions, including the first district court in Canton in 1850, and was president of the Secession Convention . . . — Map (db m53959) HM
8Texas (Van Zandt County), Canton — 11443 — Site of 1896 Van Zandt County Courthouse
In 1894, the Van Zandt County Commissioners Court approved construction of a new brick courthouse at this site. Built between 1894 and 1896, it replaced a frame courthouse that had served the county since shortly after the Civil War. The noted San . . . — Map (db m53917) HM
9Texas (Van Zandt County), Canton — 12270 — Van Zandt County Courthouse
Built in 1937 with Public Works Administration funds, this is the sixth building to serve as the Van Zandt County Courthouse. According to local lore, the Commissioners Court decreed that a modern courthouse should be erected in order to provide . . . — Map (db m54055) HM
10Texas (Van Zandt County), Edom — 11374 — Adren Anglin(Feb. 14, 1796 - Jan. 10, 1865)
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11Texas (Van Zandt County), Edom — 12259 — Asbury Cemetery
The first recorded burial on this site was that of Asbury Lowery (1836-1855). The new burial ground was named in his memory. In 1863, Prairie Flower (1858-1863), the young daughter of celebrated Comanche Indian captive Cynthia Ann Parker and . . . — Map (db m105485) HM
12Texas (Van Zandt County), Edom — 11383 — Cherokee Chief Bowles
On this site the Cherokee Chief Bowles was killed on July 16, 1839 while leading 800 Indians of various tribes in battle against 500 Texans. The last engagement between Cherokees and whites in Texas. — Map (db m91605) HM
13Texas (Van Zandt County), Edom — 11391 — County Line Missionary Baptist Church
Oral tradition links this church to the original County Line Baptist Church of 1851, the earliest recorded attempt of area African American families to create a community of worship. County Line Colored Missionary Baptist Church was founded in 1872 . . . — Map (db m31867) HM
14Texas (Van Zandt County), Edom — 12261 — Site of C.W. Morris Cotton Gin
As was the case in so many small Texas towns in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the cotton gin in Edom was a major element in the economy. First opened at this site in 1918 by Ro Dike, who moved his ginning operation here from Davidson (3 . . . — Map (db m28115) HM
15Texas (Van Zandt County), Martins Mill — 12269 — Tidmore Cemetery
Pioneer L.H. Hobbs arrived in this area in about 1850 and was instrumental in the establishment of the community. He owned 320 acres of land, including this site. Hobbs allowed the King family to bury their two-year-old daughter here, marking the . . . — Map (db m105614) HM
16Texas (Van Zandt County), Van — 11380 — Battle of the Neches(Site 15 Miles Southeast)
Main engagement of Cherokee War; fought July 15 and 16, 1839, between 800 Indians (including Delawares and Shawnees) and 500 troops of the Republic of Texas. An extraordinary fact is that David G. Burnet, vice president of the Republic; Albert . . . — Map (db m87080) HM
17Texas (Van Zandt County), Van — 11415 — Brady P. Gentry(March 25, 1895 - Nov. 9, 1966) — Park Dedicated to Memory of Texas State Highway Commission Chairman —
A man whose public service was of highest order. Born on a farm near this site in Van Zandt County. Educated at Cumberland University (Tennessee) and Tyler Commercial College, was County Attorney and County Judge of Smith County. As chairman of . . . — Map (db m84511) HM
18Texas (Van Zandt County), Van — 11413 — The Free State of Van Zandt
Pioneer nickname appropriate to this area’s many freedoms–particularly from want and fear. (Food was obtained with little effort; and although the Indians fought white men here as late as 1842, the settlers by 1847 slept in the open with no . . . — Map (db m84510) HM
19Texas (Van Zandt County), Wills Point — 17627 — Brick Streets of Wills Point
In the early 1920s, an atmosphere of gratefulness for the end of World War I was prevalent throughout the country. In Wills Point, a sense of optimism and interest in urban development led to the formation of a chamber of commerce on December 5, . . . — Map (db m119621) HM
20Texas (Van Zandt County), Wills Point — 11406 — First Baptist Churchof Wills Point
The First Baptist Church of Wills Point was founded in 1873, with Dr. J. L. Matthews, a doctor of medicine, serving as the first pastor. In 1876 the 30-member congregation erected a building, which is said to have been destroyed in a tornado the . . . — Map (db m119610) HM
21Texas (Van Zandt County), Wills Point — 16756 — Rose Fountain
German brothers B. W. and Isaac Edward “Ike” Rose came to nearby Cedar Grove in 1873 and the same year moved to Wills Point, where they opened Rose Dry Goods Store. In 1884, Ike moved to Dallas and was a successful entrepreneur. B. W. . . . — Map (db m119620) HM
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Jan. 15, 2021