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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Bosque County, Texas

Clickable Map of Bosque 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> Bosque County, TX (33) Coryell County, TX (30) Erath County, TX (61) Hamilton County, TX (35) Hill County, TX (71) Johnson County, TX (56) McLennan County, TX (166) Somervell County, TX (30)  BosqueCounty(33) Bosque County (33)  CoryellCounty(30) Coryell County (30)  ErathCounty(61) Erath County (61)  HamiltonCounty(35) Hamilton County (35)  HillCounty(71) Hill County (71)  JohnsonCounty(56) Johnson County (56)  McLennanCounty(166) McLennan County (166)  SomervellCounty(30) Somervell County (30)
Meridian is the county seat for Bosque County
Adjacent to Bosque County, Texas
      Coryell County (30)  
      Erath County (61)  
      Hamilton County (35)  
      Hill County (71)  
      Johnson County (56)  
      McLennan County (166)  
      Somervell County (30)  
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1 Texas, Bosque County, Clifton — 919 — Clifton College Administration Building
Constructed in 1923 as the administration building for the Lutheran College of Clifton, this structure served students and faculty until 1954, when the school merged with Texas Lutheran College in Seguin. The building was sold in 1954 and housed the . . . Map (db m233814) HM
2 Texas, Bosque County, Clifton — 920 — Clifton Whipple Truss Bridge
Built in 1884 by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio, at a cost of $6,465, this bridge spans 150 feet across the north Bosque River. This type of bridge, called a Whipple Truss, was named for its designer. One of the few remaining . . . Map (db m233815) HM
3 Texas, Bosque County, Clifton — 1446 — Election Oak
One of three polling places in first election held after Bosque County was organized in 1854. Of 21 votes cast on that occasion (Aug. 7, 1854) in county, 17 were polled under this tree. J.K. Helton was election judge. Officials elected were: . . . Map (db m233720) HM
4 Texas, Bosque County, Clifton — 12404 — Gary Cemetery
South Carolina natives William and Rutha Gary migrated west with their family, and by 1852 settled in this area, then part of McLennan County. In 1854, when Bosque County was formed, William Gary was chosen as one of five county commissioners. Five . . . Map (db m233716) HM
5 Texas, Bosque County, Clifton — Joseph Olson Family CabinA New Life in Texas
Joseph Olson left Norway with his family-wife Anna Karina, daughter, Anna Marie 8 years, sons Ole Mikkel 6 years, Jacob 4 years, and Torborg 1 year, in May of 1858. They traveled to America, landing first in Quebec, Canada after 7 weeks at sea. . . . Map (db m233724) HM
6 Texas, Bosque County, Clifton — 2863 — Joseph Olson Family Log Cabin
After the Joseph Olson family immigrated to the United States from Norway in 1858, they lived first in the homes of Norwegian immigrants in the Norse community. In 1866, Olson (1811-1894) built a log cabin for his family on part of his original . . . Map (db m233723) HM
7 Texas, Bosque County, Clifton — 4756 — Site of Clifton Lutheran College
Organized May 6, 1896. Located on land donated by N.J. Nelson and T.T. Hogevold. The first building, erected with voluntary donations and labor, opened as high school Oct. 28, 1897; after 1923 housed artifacts collection of Jacob Olson, early . . . Map (db m233721) HM
8 Texas, Bosque County, Clifton — 12984 — Site of Clifton Mill
In 1857, R.G. Grant of Coryell County built a wooden mill at this site, using the waters of the Bosque River to power his operation. Two years later, the property transferred to J.H. Stinnett, and the mill building was used as a commissary and . . . Map (db m233818) HM
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9 Texas, Bosque County, Iredell — 13086 — Iredell First United Methodist Church
In 1869, Methodists in the Iredell area began worshiping at Hester Schoolhouse, a building used by both Baptists and Methodists for services. The Rev. Peter W. Gravis served as pastor. Two years later, the Methodist congregation moved to Wills . . . Map (db m161851) HM
10 Texas, Bosque County, Iredell — 4280 — Riverside Cemetery
According to local oral tradition, land for this cemetery and the adjacent church was donated by the family of Ward Keeler, a New York native who came to Bosoue County about 1870 and founded the town of Iredell. The oldest documented grave here is . . . Map (db m161857) HM
11 Texas, Bosque County, Kopperl — 5595 — Union Hill School
Started before 1879, the Union Hill School was one of several rural schools that served the early settlers of Bosque County. A two-room 1888 schoolhouse, located across the road, was used until 1914, when a two-story building was constructed at this . . . Map (db m194308) HM
12 Texas, Bosque County, Meridian — 463 — Bosque County
Named for the Bosque (Spanish for "Woods") River. The territory now part of this county was traversed in 1841 by the Texan-Santa Fe Expedition. Maj. George B. Erath, noted surveyor and soldier, explored the region prior to its settlement. The . . . Map (db m240399) HM
13 Texas, Bosque County, Meridian — 464 — Bosque County Courthouse
1886. Limestone quarried from nearby hills. Gothic styling. Clock tower modified, 1935, to strengthen roof. Unique iron stairs and railing remain. County's fourth courthouse. First, in 1854, was one-room log cabin. Recorded Texas Historic . . . Map (db m161847) HM
14 Texas, Bosque County, Meridian — 22509 — Dr. Russell Daniel Holt
Dr. Russell Daniel Holt (1910-1959) began working as a camp surgeon for the CCC at Camp Beauregard, Louisiana. After hearing that there was a need for a doctor in Meridian, Dr. Holt began practicing in the area in 1938 and set up the city's first . . . Map (db m178412) HM
15 Texas, Bosque County, Meridian — 15893 — First Baptist Church of Meridian
John Clabaugh and W.A. Mason, missionaries for the Texas Baptist Convention, established first Baptist Church of Meridian on March 13, 1859 with ten area residents. Circuit-riding Preachers conducted the first worship services, and the . . . Map (db m161803) HM
16 Texas, Bosque County, Meridian — 2122 — General Alison Nelson(1822 - 1862)
Soldier, Statesman and Indian fighter. In his native Georgia, a Legislator and Mayor of City of Atlanta. General in Cuban Liberation Forces, 1850. On reaching Texas 1856, joined State Troops fighting Indians. Elected 1859 to State . . . Map (db m161844) HM
17 Texas, Bosque County, Meridian — 481 — John A. Lomax1/4 Mile West to Boyhood Home — (1867-1948) —
Only a log kitchen now marks the homesite of John Lomax, one of the foremost collectors of American folksongs. Here, on part of the Chisholm Trail, young Lomax heard cowboys crooning and yodeling to restless herds; negro servants taught him jig . . . Map (db m238741) HM
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18 Texas, Bosque County, Meridian — 3147 — Lumpkin-Woodruff House
South Carolina native James J. Lumpkin (b. 1852) settled in Meridian in 1878. He established a medical practice and pharmacy, and was a prominent landowner. He married Ida Etoile (Fuller) (d. 1954), daughter of Moses W. Fuller (1830-1868), a . . . Map (db m238637) HM
19 Texas, Bosque County, Meridian — 12403 — Martha Mabray Randal(1852-1935)
Child of J.N. Mabray, one of organizers and first clerk of Bosque County. Married Thos. J. Randal; had 11 children.Map (db m180040) HM
20 Texas, Bosque County, Meridian — 13712 — St. James Episcopal Church
Local Episcopalians founded the St. James congregation in 1913. Charter members Dr. James Julius Lumpkin and his wife, Ida Etoile (Fuller), donated this site, and church officials consecrated the new facilities that year. The church prospered in . . . Map (db m161841) HM
21 Texas, Bosque County, Morgan — 1892 — First United Methodist Church of Morgan
Organized in 1889, the Morgan Methodist Church first held worship services in the Baptist church building. At an 1891 revival, the fellowship initiated plans to construct this sanctuary. Originally a one-room structure, the building was enlarged in . . . Map (db m69595) HM
22 Texas, Bosque County, Smith Bend — 18740 — Coon Creek Community
The Coon Creek community evolved from the Old Cyrus community, the oldest settlement in southeastern Bosque County. The first settler was Temple Spivey who purchased land on the Brazos River in 1853. In January 1856, John Jackson Smith purchased . . . Map (db m161798) HM
23 Texas, Bosque County, Smith Bend — 4953 — Smith Bend - Coon Creek Cemetery
John Jackson Smith (1799-1867) and his wife Margaret (1802-1881) migrated here from Mississippi in the 1850s and founded Smith Bend community. They gave land for this cemetery after the death of their son Burton (1832 1856). The Smiths' daughter . . . Map (db m161788) HM
24 Texas, Bosque County, Valley Mills — 1774 — First Methodist Church of Valley Mills
Methodists in this area trace their history to the 1840s. When circuit-riding preachers began holding camp meetings on a near-by farm. In 1889, after the railroad caused Valley Mills to relocate south of the Bosque River, the Methodists built their . . . Map (db m233633) HM
25 Texas, Bosque County, Valley Mills — 3034 — Lanes Chapel and Cemetery
Pioneer area settler Joshua McCuistion donated land at this site for a Methodist chapel to serve the community of Hollis Prairie. Completed about 1880 adjacent to a schoolhouse, it was built by John R. Lane and his sons, for whom the settlement was . . . Map (db m84910) HM
26 Texas, Bosque County, Valley Mills — 4332 — Roden Taylor Crain(April 29, 1819 - July 20, 1891)
Tennessee native Roden Taylor Crain, a member of Capt. William Kimbro's company of San Augustine County volunteers, was a soldier in the struggle for Texas Independence from Mexico. He fought at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836, and later . . . Map (db m233706) HM
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27 Texas, Bosque County, Valley Mills — 19955 — Valley Mills Cemetery
By the mid-1850s, F.F. Bloodworth had built a log cabin in the early Valley Mills settlement which served as a school, community meeting place, and the Liberty Hill Baptist Church. In 1855, that congregation had ten charter members but grew to 38 . . . Map (db m233702) HM
28 Texas, Bosque County, Valley Mills — 5630 — Valley Mills Santa Fe Railway Depot
A standard No. 9 combination freight passenger depot, built in 1910 on Temple-Cleburne line of Gulf, Colorado & Santa Fe Railway. Local social center, especially at train time, when in pre-radio and tv era the conductor brought late news, or . . . Map (db m233635) HM
29 Texas, Bosque County, Walnut Springs — Freedom Is Not Free
In Honor of Those Who Are Serving and Have Served in the Armed Forces of the United States of AmericaMap (db m194302) WM
30 Texas, Bosque County, Walnut Springs — 717 — Captain J.J. Cureton, C.S.A.(1826-1881)
Indian fighter, lawman and rancher. Settled on the Palo Pinto County frontier, 1854. Led neighbors in defending homes during Indian raids. In 1860 helped rescue Cynthia Ann Parker, who had been taken 24 years before by Comanches. Captain . . . Map (db m194301) HM
31 Texas, Bosque County, Walnut Springs — 17652 — Fulton Cemetery
This cemetery was originally known as the Morgan Cemetery due to its location on land owned by Daniel Morgan (1818-1892), a native of Kentucky. Morgan came to Texas from Illinois with his family in 1834. Morgan served in the Civil War in Company F, . . . Map (db m194300) HM
32 Texas, Bosque County, Walnut Springs — In Memory of the Gallant Dead
World War I Russell Moseley, Inf. Joe Lail, Inf. Lafayette Webb, Inf. World War II Harold Adams, A.A.F. Moffett C. Cook, Prcht. Trp. John Clifford Cook, C.G. Norval R. Mccarty, Inf. Charley Freeman, M.M. Alfred . . . Map (db m194303) WM
33 Texas, Bosque County, Walnut Springs — 2716 — James Buckner "Buck" Barry, C.S.A.(1821-1906)
Came to Texas from North Carolina in 1845. Fought in Mexican War and Indian Campaigns. In the Civil War, commanded Confederate cavalry regiment in Texas outposts from Red River to Fort McKavett. Camps were a day's horseback ride apart. Patrols . . . Map (db m194304) HM
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Apr. 25, 2024