Batson Prairie and the present day town of Batson were named for the pioneer Batson family who settled in this area by the 1840s. Matilda Guedry and her family were among the early settlers on Batson Prairie, Matilda purchased a large tract of land . . . — — Map (db m195822) HM
Hardin County was created in 1858. The official Hardin County building was probably a two-story log building that burned about 1886. Early county records were destroyed in the conflagration.
In 1887, architect Frank Smith of Beaumont designed a . . . — — Map (db m45018) HM
The Baptist Church of Hardin was organized in 1860 with Pastor D.W. Jordan. When the railroad bypassed Hardin (then the county seat) in 1881, area residents began moving to nearby Kountze. Hardin Baptists are believed to have followed, probably . . . — — Map (db m45134) HM
The town of Kountze developed in the 1880s, after the Texas and New Orleans Railroad was built through this area. The county seat, which had previously been located at the town of Hardin, was moved to Kountze in 1886.
Soon after the town's . . . — — Map (db m45102) HM
American military leader honored in this county in name of an early town (12 mi. W). Born in North Carolina, Bragg was in Texas in 1840s with army of General Zachary Taylor, to fight in Mexican War.
Made a brigadier general of the Confederacy, . . . — — Map (db m202012) HM
Created January 22, 1858 Organized August 9, 1858 Named in honor of the Hardins of Liberty County, five brothers - Benjamin Watson, Augustine Blackburn, William, Franklin and Milton A. who came to Texas in 1825 County seat, Hardin, 1858-1887 . . . — — Map (db m44982) HM
Established in 1902, the Hooks Abstract Company is thought to be the oldest continuously operating business in Hardin County. Named for its major investor J.B. Hooks, the company initially provided land ownership research for oil and timber . . . — — Map (db m45029) HM
Conservationist Richard E. Jackson was born August 12, 1880, in Leary, Georgia. In 1886, he came with his parents to Jasper, Texas, where they opened a general mercantile store. As a teenager, he worked for the family store and carried mail from . . . — — Map (db m173798) HM
Kountze Baptist College (also known as Jermany College) served African American students in the area for nearly two decades. In 1910, the Trinity Valley Baptist Association opened the primary and secondary grade level school. Such institutions were . . . — — Map (db m173799) HM
The Big Thicket National Preserve exists today in large part due to the efforts of a few dedicated individuals who took up the causes of conservation and wildlife preservation against great odds, both political and social. Lance Rosier was one of . . . — — Map (db m173802) HM