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Historical Markers in Anderson County, Texas

Clickable Map of Anderson 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> Anderson County, TX (46) Cherokee County, TX (42) Freestone County, TX (38) Henderson County, TX (34) Houston County, TX (90) Leon County, TX (18)  AndersonCounty(46) Anderson County (46)  CherokeeCounty(42) Cherokee County (42)  FreestoneCounty(38) Freestone County (38)  HendersonCounty(34) Henderson County (34)  HoustonCounty(90) Houston County (90)  LeonCounty(18) Leon County (18)
Palestine is the county seat for Anderson County
Adjacent to Anderson County, Texas
      Cherokee County (42)  
      Freestone County (38)  
      Henderson County (34)  
      Houston County (90)  
      Leon County (18)  
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1 Texas, Anderson County, Bethel — 8737 — Bethel Cemetery
Originally part of a Mexican land grant awarded to Jose de Jesus Grande in 1828, land at this site was later granted to early area settler Henry Rampy. Rampy, who had come to this part of Texas in 1848, deeded 5 acres of his land in 1859 for a . . . Map (db m181660) HM
2 Texas, Anderson County, Elkhart — 17177 — First Baptist Church of Elkhart
After the Civil War, the Cromwell family moved to Elkhart in Anderson County. Finding no organized Baptist church in the community, J.W. Cromwell decided to organize a Baptist church. In April of 1886, Cromwell and six other charter members founded . . . Map (db m207084) HM
3 Texas, Anderson County, Elkhart — 8749 — First United Methodist Church Of Elkhart
The first Methodist service held in this area was in 1840. When a group of citizens formed a small congregation that met in private homes. In 1878 a Methodist mission was established in Elkhart. The Rev. J.F. Henderson, a circuit riding minister, . . . Map (db m207066) HM
4 Texas, Anderson County, Elkhart — 8799 — Pilgrim Predestinarian Regular Baptist Church
Organized in Illinois in 1833 by Daniel Parker Members moved to Texas First meeting in Stephen F. Austin's Colony January 20, 1834 Log church built December, 1839 Old graveyard adjoins. Present church fourth on the same site . . . Map (db m36924) HM
5 Texas, Anderson County, Elkhart — 13082 — Site of Henry High School
Despite adverse conditions, African Americans in Texas in the late 19th century worked hard to provide their children with an education. Students in this area attended Mt. Moriah, Boxes Creek, Beulah, Washington Chapel, Union Hope and New Mt. Zion . . . Map (db m212161) HM
6 Texas, Anderson County, Frankston — 8755 — Frankston City Park
In 1900 the Texas & New Orleans Railroad built a line through this area and plotted a townsite here on land owned by Frankie Miller. The town was named for "Miss Frankie" who donated this site, known as the Town Square, for a city park. By 1908 a . . . Map (db m161088) HM
7 Texas, Anderson County, Frankston — 8756 — Frankston Railroad Depot
In 1900 the Texas & New Orleans Railroad, now part of the Southern Pacific line, platted the town of Frankston. The station was first called Frankport and the post office Ayres. Both were renamed Frankston in 1902 for Miss Frankie Miller, who gave . . . Map (db m102007) HM
8 Texas, Anderson County, Frankston — 8783 — Mount Vernon United Methodist Church
Early denominational records indicate that this congregation was in existence as a mission church as early as 1880. In 1896, A.L. and Susanna Herrington donated one acre to the county to be used for a free school. A one-room school building was . . . Map (db m161100) HM
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9 Texas, Anderson County, Frankston — 8770 — Site of the Kickapoo Battlefield
Here General Thomas J. Rusk with 200 Texans on October 16, 1838, attacked a band of hostile Indians and allied Mexicans, molestors of frontier settlements, and routed them.Map (db m102008) HM
10 Texas, Anderson County, Montalba — 8779 — Old Montalba
In area known as Beaver Valley, settled about 1853 -- the year that pioneer P. G. Oldham built his home a half-mile northwest of this marker. This was on the Palestine-Athens Road, the route taken by mail hacks in early days. To the east was a . . . Map (db m155482) HM
11 Texas, Anderson County, Mound Prairie — 8781 — Mound Prairie Cemetery
The earliest marked graves in this cemetery date to the late 1850s. Although settlement of the Mound Prairie community occurred much earlier. Mound Prairie, once the home of a Baptist College known as Mound Prairie Institute, declined during the . . . Map (db m161101) HM
12 Texas, Anderson County, Neches — 8780 — Murdoch McDonald
Murdoch McDonald was born in North Carolina on February 15, 1810, the son of Scottish immigrants. About 1832 he went to Georgia, where he met Dr. George Lester. In 1839, McDonald, along with Lester and his family, came to Texas. Settling in the . . . Map (db m136105) HM
13 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 8731 — Anderson County
Created March 24, 1846, from Houston County Organized July 13, 1846 with Palestine as the county seat Named in honor of Kenneth Lewis Anderson Vice-President of the Republic of Texas 1844-45Map (db m128942) HM
14 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 8732 — Anderson County Courthouse
Created by the Texas Legislature on March 24, 1846, Anderson County was named for former Republic of Texas Vice President Kenneth L. Anderson. The first court in the new county was held in a log house at nearby Fort Houston in 1846. The first . . . Map (db m128934) HM
15 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 17255 — Anderson County in the Civil War
After the creation of Anderson County in 1846, most settlers came from southern states, shaping the county’s destiny in the Civil War. When Texas became the seventh state to secede from the Union on March 2, 1861, the county vote, 870 to 15, was . . . Map (db m182382) HM
16 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 8734 — Antioch Missionary Baptist Church
According to local tradition this congregation traces its origin to informal services held in various homes in Palestine as early as 1856. Although referred to as "Antioch Under the Hill" the congregation was formally named Antioch Baptist Church in . . . Map (db m219435) HM
17 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 20002 — Captain Steven L. Bennett
Born in Palestine on April 22, 1946, Steven Logan Bennett grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana. He graduated from Youngsville High School in 1964 and then enrolled at Southwestern Louisiana State (now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) where he . . . Map (db m219475) HM
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18 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 16582 — Christopher Columbus Rogers
Born in Palestine in June 1850, Christopher Columbus Rogers was a noted and controversial lawman. Although his family moved to a rural area, Rogers returned to Palestine and lived with his sister, Eliza, and her husband, James Ewing. Rogers was 13 . . . Map (db m219281) HM
19 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 16925 — Col. Homer Garrison, Jr.
Born in Kickapoo (Anderson Co.) in 1901, Homer Garrison was the son of Mattie (Milam) and Homer Garrison, Sr. The family moved to Angelina County, where Homer, Sr. served as District Clerk. Homer, Jr. graduated from Lufkin High School and worked for . . . Map (db m128944) HM
20 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 16336 — Dr. Bonner Frizzell
Bonner Frizzell was born in the Pine Grove Community, near Athens, in 1882. He was the son of William Asachel and Frances Missouri (Knight) Frizzell. Bonner attended high school at Bruce Academy in Athens and then moved to Tyler to attend Tyler . . . Map (db m128978) HM
21 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 8751 — First Presbyterian Church
Organized Nov. 3, 1849, with 18 charter members, by the great pioneer leaders, Revs. Daniel Baker and John May Becton, home missionaries. This Gothic building of handmade brick was erected in 1888; enlarged since by two additions.Recorded . . . Map (db m219436) HM
22 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 8752 — Fort Houston
A fort and stockade built about 1836 on the public square of the town of Houston (then in Houston County), as a protection against the Indians, by order of General Sam Houston, Commander-in-Chief of the Texan Armies. The town was abandoned in 1846 . . . Map (db m182048) HM
23 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 8753 — Fort Houston(Site one-fourth mile south)
A stockade and blockhouse of the Republic of Texas. Built in 1835-1836 to protect settlers who founded Houston, a pioneer town, now in Anderson County. Friendly Indians would come to trade at the site, but wary settlers often slept inside the . . . Map (db m182049) HM
24 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 8754 — Fort Houston Cemetery
In 1835, Joseph Jordan and William S. McDonald donated about 500 acres of land in this area for the town of Houston, later known as Fort Houston. An early map of the townsite shows a section designated as a "public burying ground." The infant . . . Map (db m181890) HM
25 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 8740 — Governor Thomas Mitchell Campbell(April 22, 1856 - April 1, 1923)
Born near Rusk in Cherokee County, Thomas Mitchell Campbell was the son of Thomas Duncan and Rachel (Moore) Campbell. He financed his education by working for the County Clerk in Longview. In 1878 Campbell was admitted to the Bar and opened his law . . . Map (db m128941) HM
26 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 8764 — Hodges - Darsey House
In the 1870s, after the International & Great Northern Railroad line reached Palestine, brothers A. B. and Dan Hodges moved here from Tennessee Colony settlement and became leading merchants. This house was built in 1895 by Dan Hodges for his wife . . . Map (db m219437) HM
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27 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 8803 — John H. Reagan
John Henninger Reagan, son of Timothy and Elizabeth Lusk Reagan, was born on October 18, 1818, in Sevierville, Tennessee. He joined the Republic of Texas Army in 1839 and served in the Cherokee War. In the early 1840s, he held several public . . . Map (db m128981) HM
28 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 8803 — John H. Reagan
John Henninger Reagan, son of Timothy and Elizabeth Lusk Reagan, was born on October 18, 1818, in Sevierville, Tennessee. He joined the Republic of Texas Army in 1839 and served in the Cherokee War. In the early 1840s he held several public . . . Map (db m182822) HM
29 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 8802 — John H. Reagan Monument
(Front):John H. Reagan (Right):"The Old Roman's highest ambition was to do his full duty; consciousness of having done it was his ample reward." (Left):"A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor . . . Map (db m17496) HM
30 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 8772 — Kolstad Jewelers
Soren Kolstad (1823 - 1918), a skilled artisan and clockmaker, migrated to Texas from his native Norway in 1852. He settled in Palestine, where he opened a jewelry store in 1853. The store has occupied four locations. Mahogany display cases, . . . Map (db m182449) HM
31 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 12630 — Micham Main
Little is known about this Anderson County pioneer until he married Elizabeth Van Winkle in Crawford County, Illinois, in 1820. The Mains lived in the Illinois township of Palestine until 1833, when, drawn by a favorable change in the Mexican . . . Map (db m128935) HM
32 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 20147 — Osjetea Briggs
Native American photographer, artist and writer Osjetea Briggs was born on December 14, 1917, to Simeon Singleton Briggs (1877-1974) and Docia Augusta (Gant) Briggs (1894-1969) in Groesbeck, Limestone County, Texas. Following her high school . . . Map (db m186131) HM
33 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 8790 — Palestine High School
A public school system in Palestine was established in 1881 under control of the municipal government. The first classes were held at the old Palestine Female Institute (built in 1858), then a high school was built in 1888 at the Institute site on . . . Map (db m128980) HM
34 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 8792 — Palestine Salt Works C.S.A.
(Front and southwest side): Located 6.5 miles southwest during the Civil War this salt works was assigned to produce salt for the Confederacy at a fixed price of eight dollars for a hundred-pound sack. Private customers from East Texas, . . . Map (db m31881) HM
35 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 17650 — Purvey Lee (P. L.) Chism
P.L. Chism’s devotion to education was unsurpassed. From the time of his youth, through his many years as a teacher, principal, superintendent and supervisor, he never stopped challenging himself and others for education. Purvey Lee Chism was born . . . Map (db m128938) HM
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36 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 15921 — Robert (Bob) Knight
As a coach of athletics and a youth mentor, Robert (Bob) Knight positively influenced the lives of countless Palestine citizens. He was born in Iredell (Bosque County) in 1909, the last of eight children of William and Missouri Jane (Hand) Knight. . . . Map (db m128977) HM
37 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 17672 — Roy B. Wallace
Roy B. Wallace was born in Coolidge, Limestone County, on October 13, 1901, to Benjamin C. Wallace, Sr. And Mae McCoy Wallace. Roy attended school in rural Limestone County and attended Texas Christian University prior to earning his Bachelor’s . . . Map (db m128979) HM
38 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 8806 — Sacred Heart Church
Successor to 1874 Church of St. Joseph, built on site given by International & Great Northern Railway, and destroyed by fire in 1890. This building of handmade brick was begun later that year; Nicholas J. Clayton of Galveston was the . . . Map (db m219438) HM
39 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 7158 — Seven Oaks
Built in 1848 as the home of Judge John B. Mallard, first lawyer in Palestine. Became the home of Judge William Alexander in 1857. Alexander was Chief Justice of Anderson County 1860-1865, and a trustee of the first school in Palestine. . . . Map (db m185721) HM
40 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 8786 — Site of Old Magnolia
(one-half mi.S) Founded in 1840s as a ferrying point on the Caddo Trace; later became a major landing for flatboats and steamers on the Trinity River, where cotton and other products were shipped by a four-day trip to Galveston to be exchanged for . . . Map (db m210369) HM
41 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 12643 — Site of Woodhouse School
Woodhouse School began with the consolidation of the Long Lake, Tucker and Magnolia schools into Consolidated Common School District No. 7. These were all small schools, each with two teachers: one for grades one through four and another for grades . . . Map (db m136004) HM
42 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 11660 — Swanson Cemetery
Micam Main of Illinois was granted a league of land by the Mexican government in 1835. One of the area's first brickmakers, Samuel M. Warden, died while working on Main's estate on Christmas Eve in 1847. He was interred on this site. According to . . . Map (db m128982) HM
43 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 8819 — Texas State Railroad
The Texas Prison System built a short rail line from the Rusk State Penitentiary to hardwood timber stands where charcoal was made for firing the prison's iron ore furnaces. The rail line became the foundation of the Texas State Railway, organized . . . Map (db m128983) HM
44 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 13178 — The I&GN Railroad in Palestine
​ Established as Anderson County seat in 1846 by the Texas Legislature, Palestine grew steadily throughout the remaining 19th century, nearing 9,000 residents by 1900. The town first centered on trade facilitated by the Trinity River, with . . . Map (db m155447) HM
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45 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 17304 — Timothy Stephen Smith(February 20, 1902 - April 30, 2000)
Born the son of a runaway slave, Smith yearned for a better life. He attended Prairie View A&M College and received a degree in Vocational Agriculture. He became a teacher, educating the children of North Carolina and Texas for 42 years. He also . . . Map (db m128939) HM
46 Texas, Anderson County, Palestine — 17554 — William Freeman
William Freeman was born a slave in Anderson County on August 1, 1863, to Charlotte Freeman. His mother was a slave and the maid at the Jacob Hunter Plantation near Mound Prairie. After the slaves were freed in 1865, they moved to Palestine. . . . Map (db m186069) HM
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Jun. 2, 2023