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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Cooke County, Texas

Clickable Map of Cooke 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> Cooke County, TX (28) Denton County, TX (95) Grayson County, TX (96) Montague County, TX (23) Wise County, TX (53) Love County, OK (4)  CookeCounty(28) Cooke County (28)  DentonCounty(95) Denton County (95)  GraysonCounty(96) Grayson County (96)  MontagueCounty(23) Montague County (23)  WiseCounty(53) Wise County (53)  LoveCountyOklahoma(4) Love County (4)
Gainesville is the county seat for Cooke County
Adjacent to Cooke County, Texas
      Denton County (95)  
      Grayson County (96)  
      Montague County (23)  
      Wise County (53)  
      Love County, Oklahoma (4)  
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1 Texas, Cooke County, Gainesville — 17745 — American Paint Horse Association
Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century brought two-toned horses with them, descendants of horses from North Africa and Asia Minor. Over time, these colorful horses became a cherished staple of the western frontier. Throughout the 1800s and early . . . Map (db m121779) HM
2 Texas, Cooke County, Gainesville — 301 — Barbed Wire in Cooke County
The development of barbed wire fencing had a revolutionary impact on the economy and settlement pattern in Texas. In 1874, Joseph Glidden of Illinois received a patent for his barbed wire. By 1875, Henry B. Sanborn had come to North Texas as . . . Map (db m96753) HM
3 Texas, Cooke County, Gainesville — 590 — Butterfield Overland Stage Line
Gainesville was a station on the Southern Overland Mail Line (Butterfield Route), which provided semi-weekly mail and stage service between St. Louis and San Francisco, 1858-1861. The line was 2795 miles long – one of the longest stage . . . Map (db m96750) HM
4 Texas, Cooke County, Gainesville — 1054 — Cooke County C.S.A. / 2nd Frontier Regiment
Front Cooke County C.S.A. Military, defense center in Civil War. Cooke voted 231 to 137 anti-secession, yet nine military units served Confederacy from here. In constant danger of Federal or Indian attack. Col. Wm. . . . Map (db m121778) HM
5 Texas, Cooke County, Gainesville — 1055 — Cooke County Courthouse
Settlement of the area now known as Cooke County began in late 1845. The county was created by the State Legislature in 1848 and named for William G. Cooke, Republic of Texas Quartermaster General and a participant in the Battle of San Jacinto. Land . . . Map (db m97598) HM
6 Texas, Cooke County, Gainesville — Cooke County Veterans Memorial
In Memory of those who have given the ultimate sacrifice defending the United States of America. WW I - WW II - Korea - Vietnam [Honor Roll of Names] Dedicated to the Men and Women of Cooke County who have . . . Map (db m174443) WM
7 Texas, Cooke County, Gainesville — 5979 — Davis House
William O. Davis (d. 1941), a veteran of the Civil War, came to Texas in 1870. Self-educated, he became a prominent local attorney and from 1876 to 1882 represented the area in the Texas Senate. An active civic leader, he later served as . . . Map (db m188224) HM
8 Texas, Cooke County, Gainesville — 15277 — F.M. Dougherty(February 13, 1826 - December 27, 1895)
Alabama native Francis Marion Dougherty came to Texas in the 1840s, moving to Gainesville in 1858. Following service in the Civil War, where he saw action in the Red River Campaign of western Louisiana, he returned to Cooke County and worked as a . . . Map (db m188054) HM
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9 Texas, Cooke County, Gainesville — 6253 — Fairview Cemetery
Originally the Howeth family cemetery, this site traces its history to 1854, when a tornado struck the Howeth family cabin near Gainesville. First buried here were Thomas and Louisa Howeth, young children of William and Harriet Bell Howeth. William . . . Map (db m188045) HM
10 Texas, Cooke County, Gainesville — 1889 — First United Methodist Churchof Gainesville
Formed in 1852, this congregation shared its first meeting place with two other denominations and the Masonic Lodge. A frame church building was erected in 1878 on this property, donated by James M. Lindsay. The present sanctuary, built by . . . Map (db m188119) HM
11 Texas, Cooke County, Gainesville — 2098 — Gainesville Community Circus
Editor A. Morton Smith (1903-57) organized and promoted this show after a circus parody by the town's little theater group in 1930 revealed many talented amateurs. Chartered as a non-profit corporation, the community circus used its earnings to buy . . . Map (db m96754) HM
12 Texas, Cooke County, Gainesville — Gainesville, Texas Gold Star MemorialHomeland - Family - Patriot - Sacrifice
Executive Mansion, Washington, November 21st, 1864 Dear Madam, I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously . . . Map (db m174466) WM
13 Texas, Cooke County, Gainesville — 13613 — Gainesville-Fort Sill Road
The U.S. Cavalry constructed roads to improve logistical routes in the west during the 19th century. Henry O. Flipper, the first African American graduate of West Point, was an officer in the Tenth Cavalry regiment “Buffalo Soldiers” at . . . Map (db m97593) HM
14 Texas, Cooke County, Gainesville — 2868 — Joseph Weldon Bailey(October 6, 1863 - April 13, 1929)
Democrat Joseph Weldon Bailey served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1891-1901) and in the U.S. Senate (1901-1913). A colorful and controversial politician, he was known for his superb oratorical skills and his fiery temper. His career was . . . Map (db m188118) HM
15 Texas, Cooke County, Gainesville — 13812 — Moffett Park
The owner of 90 acres in this vicinity, Missouri native Ned Moffett, Sr., (1842-1924) wed Mary Stone on April 19, 1866. The couple had nine children, and early census records listed the family as Mulatto. The Moffetts permitted use of this property . . . Map (db m121776) HM
16 Texas, Cooke County, Gainesville — 13564 — Newsome Dougherty Memorial High School
In the early 20th century, the growing city of Gainesville needed a new high school but lacked funds. In 1920, W.H. and Ella Dougherty donated their mansion, which once belonged to U.S. Senator Joseph W. Bailey, and surrounding land to the city for . . . Map (db m188299) HM
17 Texas, Cooke County, Gainesville — 3709 — Old City Hall-Fire Station
Erected 1884. First floor was fire station, with ladder truck, hose wagons and horse stalls. Insignia for the three fire companies appear above doors. Second floor contained city offices. Jail or "Calaboose" was in rear. Architect was J. J. Kane. . . . Map (db m188221) HM
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18 Texas, Cooke County, Gainesville — 4580 — Santa Fe Passenger Depot
By the end of the 19th Century Gainesville was established as one of the state's major rail centers. This depot was built about 1902 to handle the increased traffic on the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railroad. The red brick structure contained a . . . Map (db m97595) HM
19 Texas, Cooke County, Gainesville — 4743 — Site of Camp Howze(One Mile West)
In operation from 1942 to 1946, Camp Howze served as an infantry training facility during World War II. It was named for General Robert Lee Howze (1864-1926), a native Texan whose distinguished career in the United States Army began with his . . . Map (db m96908) HM
20 Texas, Cooke County, Gainesville — 5347 — The Great Hanging at Gainesville, 1862
Facing the threat of invasion from the north and fearing a Unionist uprising in their midst, the people of North Texas lived in constant dread during the Civil War. Word of a "Peace Party" of Union sympathizers, sworn to destroy their government, . . . Map (db m97585) HM
21 Texas, Cooke County, Gainesville — 5355 — The Houston House
Mrs. Giles (Frances Dougherty) Houston, one of the heirs to a Cooke County fortune, built this magnificent example of frontier Victorian architecture in 1898. J. G. Garrett (1858-1919), a local man credited with the plans for many fine Gainesville . . . Map (db m188223) HM
22 Texas, Cooke County, Gainesville — The Old California Trail1849 - 1931
This tablet marks The Old California Trail blazed by the pioneers of '49Map (db m96076) HM
23 Texas, Cooke County, Gainesville — 12617 — W. T. G. Weaver(April 25, 1832 - October 18, 1876)
William Thomas Green Weaver came to Texas from Illinois in 1840 with his father and three siblings. As a young adult, he taught school for a time, studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1856. He came to this city to practice law and in 1860 was . . . Map (db m188304) HM
24 Texas, Cooke County, Gainesville — 5843 — William Owen Davis(February 26, 1847 - December 5, 1941)
Georgia native W. O. Davis served in the Confederate Army and was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1870. He moved to Texas, settling in Gainesville, and was soon involved in local politics and civic life. In a long public service career, Davis served . . . Map (db m188047) HM
25 Texas, Cooke County, Gainsville — 1053 — Cooke County Reported damaged
Created March 20, 1848. Organized March 10, 1849. Named in honor of William G. Cooke 1808-1847 Captain of the "New Orleans Greys," 1835 Assistant Inspector General at San Jacinto, 1836 Member of the Santa Fe Expedition, 1841 . . . Map (db m121775) HM
26 Texas, Cooke County, Oak Ridge — 2097 — Gainesville
Founded 1850. Named for Gen. Edmund P. Gaines, who in 1836 aided Republic of Texas. Military supply headquarters during Civil War. Important in defense against Indian attacks and invasion. Center for agriculture, industry, oil. Home of famed . . . Map (db m97591) HM
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27 Texas, Cooke County, Oak Ridge — 5316 — The Cross Timbers
Two long, narrow strips of timber extending parallel to each other from Oklahoma to Central Texas; form a marked contrast to adjacent prairie. The more fertile East Cross Timbers begin here in Cooke County. Area was famous pioneer landmark as well . . . Map (db m97590) HM
28 Texas, Cooke County, Valley View — 2958 — Kiowa Raid of 1868(SW Part of County)
On Jan. 5-6, 1868, Chief Big Tree and 150 to 200 Kiowas raided Willa Walla Valley, Clear Creek and Blocker Creek. Burned homes; killed 13 people; scalped one woman alive. Captured 10 women and children; 3 escaped, 2 were ransomed. Raiders reached . . . Map (db m121774) HM
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Jun. 8, 2023