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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Hill County, Texas

Clickable Map of Hill 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> Hill County, TX (69) Bosque County, TX (19) Ellis County, TX (102) Johnson County, TX (56) Limestone County, TX (39) McLennan County, TX (157) Navarro County, TX (105)  HillCounty(69) Hill County (69)  BosqueCounty(19) Bosque County (19)  EllisCounty(102) Ellis County (102)  JohnsonCounty(56) Johnson County (56)  LimestoneCounty(39) Limestone County (39)  McLennanCounty(157) McLennan County (157)  NavarroCounty(105) Navarro County (105)
Hillsboro is the county seat for Hill County
Adjacent to Hill County, Texas
      Bosque County (19)  
      Ellis County (102)  
      Johnson County (56)  
      Limestone County (39)  
      McLennan County (157)  
      Navarro County (105)  
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1 Texas, Hill County, Abbott — 13891 — Abbott
In 1881, on land owned by G.M. Dodge, the Missouri, Kansas & Texas (Katy) Railroad built a line through a new town named for Joseph Abbott, a Hill County resident, lawyer and U.S. Congressman. Winston W. Treadwell soon opened a general store managed . . . Map (db m59664) HM
2 Texas, Hill County, Abbott — 66 — Abbott Baptist Church
Organized in 1876 as the Liberty Grove Baptist Church by 13 founding members, this congregation met in the Liberty Grove Schoolhouse 2 miles south of here. Renamed the Abbott Baptist Church in 1879, the church moved to Abbott in 1885. Services were . . . Map (db m59701) HM
3 Texas, Hill County, Abbott — 68 — Abbott Schools
The public school system in Abbott began in 1885 when a one-story frame schoolhouse was constructed on the east side of town. It housed 140 pupils and three teachers. A two-story brick structure, built at this site in 1911, served the Abbott school . . . Map (db m59999) HM
4 Texas, Hill County, Abbott — 69 — Abbott United Methodist Church
The first Methodist worship service in Abbott was held in 1883 by the Rev. G. W. Swofford. A congregation soon was organized and became a regular stop on the Hillsboro circuit, with the Rev. J. P. Mussett as first pastor. By 1886 the congregation . . . Map (db m59993) HM
5 Texas, Hill County, Abbott — 1142 — Czech Settlers in Hill County
One of the most influential and numerous national groups to settle in Hill County, Czechs came to this area from Fayette County and the province of Moravia in Austria-Hungary. Many sought greater freedom due to barriers to attaining national status . . . Map (db m151065) HM
6 Texas, Hill County, Abbott — 15690 — L.C. McKamie
Born in Moody (McLennan Co.) on October 24, 1900, L.C. (Luke) McKamie earned degrees from Southwestern University, the University of Texas at Austin and Baylor University. L.C. and his wife, Beulah (Boots), came to Abbott in 1926, he as . . . Map (db m62899) HM
7 Texas, Hill County, Abbott — 3701 — Old Carr Ranch
In 1854 area pioneer D.C. Carr settled this ranch which covered land in both Hill and McClennan Counties. D.C. Carr and his brother J.C. had come to Texas in 1840 and were instrumental in the early growth of the nearby towns of Abbott and West. A . . . Map (db m220254) HM
8 Texas, Hill County, Aquilla — 13892 — Lebanon United Methodist Church
On Oct. 19, 1872, C.A. Spivey and W.E. Anderson deeded four acres of land to James W. Scott, M.J. Britton, J.B.C. Scott, J.P. Grace, H.B. Smith, George Williams, E.R. Williams, J.H. Gamblin and J.F Anderson, Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal . . . Map (db m161713) HM
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9 Texas, Hill County, Aquilla — 18088 — Spivey Crossing
Spivey Crossing is a farming community located along the Brazos River Valley. Established as early as 1854, Spivey Crossing was an old wagon trail crossing named for Temple Spivey, the first known settler of the Smith Bend community of Bosque . . . Map (db m161715) HM
10 Texas, Hill County, Birome — 415 — Birome
Founded 1910. One of five International and Great Northern Railway stations in southern hill County. Important agricultural market. Named for Bickham and Jerome Cartwright, descendants of settler Matthew Cartwright, whose 1856 land patent . . . Map (db m212087) HM
11 Texas, Hill County, Blum — 14641 — Blum Cemetery
This burial ground was established about the time the town of Blum was formed in 1881 as a stop on the newly laid track of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway. A.J. Davis (1840-1912), a local landowner, is said to have gifted the land, . . . Map (db m184173) HM
12 Texas, Hill County, Blum — 2308 — Guy BaileyHome Town of Old Gray Mare Composer
Leader, Hood's Texas Brigade Band • His wife, Mollie, smuggled notes and quinine past enemy in her hair • Baileys' post war shows still flew Confederate flag • 1869 and afterwards, Gus and Mollie and nine children headquartered circus in Blum . . . Map (db m194309) HM
13 Texas, Hill County, Blum — 4008 — Phillip NolanErected in Memory of
Born in Ireland. First came to Texas, and established residence at Nacogdoches in 1791. When killed, was a resident of Natchez, Miss. killed near this site March 21, 1801 by the Spaniards. Was buried here by his Negro slaves Caesar and . . . Map (db m194329) HM
14 Texas, Hill County, Brandon — 3693 — Old Brandon Mill1 1/2 miles Southwest
One of earliest grist mills in Hill County. Built (1868) by Dr. Jas. T. Harrington, who also founded town of Brandon. Corn meal, basic to settlers' diet, was ground here. Dr. Harrington built a dam on White Rock Creek near here as a water source for . . . Map (db m62719) HM
15 Texas, Hill County, Hico — 5535 — Town of Penelope
Founded by International and Great Northern Railroad in 1902. Named for child of official. Settled by Anglos and Czechs from Zee Vee, older town (1/2 mile south) founded in 1893. New town prospered; incorporated, 1913. Good well water was found in . . . Map (db m109829) HM
16 Texas, Hill County, Hillsboro — 67 — Abbott House
Jo Abbott and his wife, Rowena Sturgis Abbott, bought this property in 1883 and later built the house next door (west). Abbott was a county and district judge, congressman, and local banker. In 1899 this house (originally a T-plan) was on the . . . Map (db m59801) HM
17 Texas, Hill County, Hillsboro — 449 — Bond's Alley
Local site for politics, peddlers' shows, whittling, cockfights, fisticuffs. Named for Bond's Drug Store, located here since 1881, and sheltering in bad weather people who usually sunned in alley. Early neighbors varied from a Chinese laundry to an . . . Map (db m60757) HM
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18 Texas, Hill County, Hillsboro — 792 — Central Christian Church(Disciples of Christ) of Hillsboro
The earliest worship service for local Disciples was conducted on September 11, 1881. Six years later the fellowship was formally chartered with 35 members. Meetings were held in private homes, the courthouse, and the schoolhouse until a sanctuary . . . Map (db m61001) HM
19 Texas, Hill County, Hillsboro — 13001 — City of Hillsboro
In 1853, the Texas Legislature carved Hill County out of Navarro County. Named for physician and Republic of Texas Secretary of War Dr. George Washington Hill, the new county had only recently attracted Anglo settlement, following the establishment . . . Map (db m60160) HM
20 Texas, Hill County, Hillsboro — 1032 — Confederate Veterans and Old Settlers Reunion Grounds
Formed in 1901, the Confederate Veterans and Old Settlers Association of Hill County acquired 73 acres of wooded land as a site for its summer reunion. The 3-5 day encampment, held annually from 1902 to 1924, was an important social and recreational . . . Map (db m62275) HM
21 Texas, Hill County, Hillsboro — Courthouse History(Hill County, Texas)
(East Face) Hill County was organized on May 14, 1853. The courthouse square is near the geographic center of the county and has been the site for five courthouse buildings. The present building was completed in 1890. McShane Bell Factory . . . Map (db m61477) HM
22 Texas, Hill County, Hillsboro — 1175 — Davis Home
1900 Victorian Home of Edward S. Davis, Civic Leader, Banker, Engineer. Has Fine Ornamentation, Tiles, Windows. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark 1965Map (db m60974) HM
23 Texas, Hill County, Hillsboro — 12074 — First Baptist Church of Hillsboro
   Baptist ministry in this area can be traced to the Rev. J. M. Samford, who arrived in the vicinity in the 1840s. Hill County was formed in 1853, and Hillsborough (later Hillsboro) was chosen as county seat. The earliest recorded Baptist minister . . . Map (db m61334) HM
24 Texas, Hill County, Hillsboro — 2115 — Gebhardt Bakery
In 1901 German native Charles Gebhardt (1874-1920) established Hillsboro's first bakery. He moved his business to this building after it was completed in 1905, using the second floor as living quarters. The brick commercial structure exhibits . . . Map (db m221768) HM
25 Texas, Hill County, Hillsboro — 13212 — George L. and Roxie Brooks Porter Home
In 1881, Tennessee native George L. Porter (1854-1928) wed Roxie Brooks (1863-1927), daughter of early Hill County official Cincinattus Ney Brooks. George was a merchant in nearby Peoria (6 mi. W) and later served as an officer in Sturgis National . . . Map (db m62407) HM
26 Texas, Hill County, Hillsboro — 2480 — Hill County
Created February 7, 1855 Organized May 14, 1853 Named in honor of Dr. George W. Hill 1814-1860 Member of the Texas Congress and Legislature Secretary of War of the Republic of Texas, 1843-1845 Lexington, first village . . . Map (db m62522) HM
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27 Texas, Hill County, Hillsboro — Hill County Confederate Memorial1861 - 1865
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28 Texas, Hill County, Hillsboro — 2481 — Hill County Courthouse
The fourth courthouse for Hill County (organized in 1853) and the third one located in Hillsboro, this impressive landmark replaced a brick court building erected in 1874. Contractors Lovell, Miller and Hood of Brownsville built this rusticated . . . Map (db m62789) HM
29 Texas, Hill County, Hillsboro — 2482 — Hill County Jail
Constructed in 1893, this building serves as the third jail for Hill County. It was designed by W. C. Dodson of Waco, architect of the Hill County Courthouse, and built by the Brown County firm of Lovell and Wood. The brick and limestone structure . . . Map (db m63541) HM
30 Texas, Hill County, Hillsboro — 2484 — Hill County, C.S.A.
Civil War supply center. Sent into service an infantry and 3 cavalry companies. Flour, shoes, saddles, machinery were made. The county commissioners court equipped and clothed troops. Also furnished medicine, cotton, wool, meat, corn and salt to . . . Map (db m203908) HM
31 Texas, Hill County, Hillsboro — 12920 — Hillsboro City Cemetery
Hillsboro City Cemetery Established 1855 Historic Texas Cemetery - 2002Map (db m192546) HM
32 Texas, Hill County, Hillsboro — 2487 — Hillsboro Junior College
One of first public junior colleges in Texas. Established 1923, as a part of Hillsboro Public School System. Peak attendance was 410 students during 1939-40. School closed August 31, 1950, after voters defeated maintenance tax proposal twice. . . . Map (db m62299) HM
33 Texas, Hill County, Hillsboro — 2488 — Hillsboro Post Office Building
This renaissance revival building was constructed as the fifth location for the Hillsboro Post Office. Work was begun in 1912 and completed three years later under the direction of Architect James Knox Taylor. The building's design features a tiled . . . Map (db m62301) HM
34 Texas, Hill County, Hillsboro — 14649 — Ivy-Atchison Pioneer Home
Presently enclosed by a frame house, the original log structure was built in the 1840's and was on of the first homes in the settlement that became Peoria. Portions of the original walls are visible behind glass panes. Has early Texas furnishings. . . . Map (db m183201) HM
35 Texas, Hill County, Hillsboro — 17356 — James L. Harris
James Lindell Harris was born on June 27, 1916 to Albert Lee and Bessie Harris at the family farm near Hillsboro. He entered the army on March 20, 1941 and trained at Fort Sam Houston with the armored division. Harris was assigned to the 756th tank . . . Map (db m221767) HM
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36 Texas, Hill County, Hillsboro — 2906 — Katy Depot
This depot was built to serve the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (Katy) Rail Line, which reached Hillsboro in 1881. Completed in 1902, the station features elements of the Eastlake, Victorian, and Prairie styles. Early MKT trains carried materials for the . . . Map (db m62900) HM
37 Texas, Hill County, Hillsboro — 15035 — Kerby Community
In the 1890s, the community of Kerby (Kirby) developed in this location, southwest of Hillsboro, on a grant issued to the heirs of Henry Ross. The community was likely named for Jerome Claiborne Kearby, a populist candidate for the Sixth . . . Map (db m150552) HM
38 Texas, Hill County, Hillsboro — 3146 — Lumpkin House
In era of Hillsboro's growth after Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad entered (1881) county, contractor John Self Robinson built (1883) this residence for R. S. Lumpkin (1837-1921) and wife Mary (Kelly). House style reflects success of Lumpkin, . . . Map (db m221769) HM
39 Texas, Hill County, Hillsboro — 3299 — McKinnon - Anderson House
This Victorian style house was erected in 1896 by A. P. McKinnon (b. 1849), prominent local lawyer. A native of Georgia, he moved to Hillsboro in 1873 and built up a large practice. He was highly regarded for his strict ethics; served as county . . . Map (db m221770) HM
40 Texas, Hill County, Hillsboro — 2088 — Old G. D. Tarlton House
Victorian style. Built in 1895 by noted attorney Greene Duke Tarlton (1852-1931), from Louisiana. House was one of finest in town, with hand-carved mantels, stained glass windows, "speaking tube" between kitchen and third floor bedroom, and a . . . Map (db m62764) HM
41 Texas, Hill County, Hillsboro — 4023 — Pioneer Bank Building
One of the oldest bank buildings in Hill County. Built in 1887 by Farmers National Bank. Constructed of sun-dried brick, replaced by kiln-dried brick in 1912. Purchased by Colonial Trust Company in 1931; Greek revival front with columns added. . . . Map (db m61613) HM
42 Texas, Hill County, Hillsboro — 4708 — Sims-Womack House
The original section of this house, which consisted of two rooms and a detached kitchen, was built prior to 1870. Later additions were made during the ownership of Dr. William Thomas Sims (1874-1928), who purchased the property in 1906. A prominent . . . Map (db m61983) HM
43 Texas, Hill County, Hillsboro — 12668 — Site of Old Lexington Village
Founded about 1851 on Jack's Branch. Was Hill County's first settlement and only polling place when county organized on May 14, 1853. For 4 months two log homes functioned as a courthouse until a special election put the county seat at Hillsboro. . . . Map (db m61878) HM
44 Texas, Hill County, Hillsboro — 5062 — St. Mary's Episcopal Church
St. Mary's Mission was founded in the 1870s. On July 30, 1886, Bishop Alexander C. Garrett laid the cornerstone for the first church building, which was destroyed by a tornado in 1894. This building was completed in 1911, and St. Mary's . . . Map (db m61183) HM
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45 Texas, Hill County, Hubbard — 17313 — Fairview Cemetery
From unmarked graves to homemade concrete slabs to giant marble statuaries, Fairview Cemetery reflects the heritage and history of the community. Land for the cemetery was donated by Colonel J.H. Onstott, an early settler, but no records document . . . Map (db m208841) HM
46 Texas, Hill County, Hubbard — 1760 — First Methodist Churchof Hubbard
The first church congregation organized in Hubbard began in 1882 with seventeen charter members. A frame sanctuary, built on this site in 1891, was replaced by this structure in 1911. Designed by the Dallas architectural firm of Flanders and . . . Map (db m208849) HM
47 Texas, Hill County, Hubbard — 2492 — Historic Bank Site
The first bank in Hubbard was a small private operation started soon after the town was founded in 1881. In 1895 two banks were opened - Rod Oliver and H.B. Allen's private firm and Joe McDaniel's First National Bank. To house their enterprise, . . . Map (db m208863) HM
48 Texas, Hill County, Hubbard — 9415 — Hometown of Tris Speaker(1888-1958)
A legend in his own time, Tris Speaker was born, educated and buried here. Known as the Grey Eagle, he was the first Texan named to National Baseball Hall of Fame. First man elevated to Texas Sports Hall of Fame. Was on Boston's 1912 and . . . Map (db m202021) HM
49 Texas, Hill County, Hubbard — 2569 — Hot Mineral Water Well
A well drilled near this site in 1894 produced hot mineral water at a depth of 3,100 feet. Hot mineral baths were popular then for treatment of various diseases, and Marlin and Mineral Wells were among Texas towns with successful bath houses. In . . . Map (db m208867) HM
50 Texas, Hill County, Hubbard — 2588 — Hubbard
Founded 1881, as a shipping center and supply point on the St. Louis and Southwestern Railway. Named for Richard B. Hubbard (1832-1901), colonel in the 22nd Texas Infantry during the Civil War; Texas Governor 1876-1879; United States Minister to . . . Map (db m202015) HM
51 Texas, Hill County, Hubbard — 17693 — Hubbard High School
Rich soil, access to railway transportation and the discovery of hot mineral springs attracted travelers, merchants and settlers to Hubbard and the town quickly grew. In 1911, the city council saw a need for a public school system and later that . . . Map (db m208866) HM
52 Texas, Hill County, Hubbard — 2589 — The Hubbard City News
S.H. Sayer began publication of the "Hubbard City News" in 1881, the year the town was founded. The business later merged with S.R. Boyd's paper, the "Texas Pick and Pan" and the "Hubbard City Progress", a newspaper started in 1901 by brothers . . . Map (db m91853) HM
53 Texas, Hill County, Irene — 3551 — Nathaniel Addison
A Soldier in the Texas Army in 1836 • Born in Louisiana, February 20, 1811 • Died May 28, 1900 His Wife Margaret Ann Addison Born in Missouri, February 24, 1815 • Died July 26, 1878Map (db m212064) HM
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54 Texas, Hill County, Irene — 4496 — Salem Cemetery
The first interment here was in 1870, but that grave was later moved. Oldest graves now are those of twin infants E. and P.J. Sheet, who died Feb. 9, 1871, and Synthia Green, who died Aug. 9, 1871. R.M. and W.J. Graham and F.M. Reed gave the land to . . . Map (db m212065) HM
55 Texas, Hill County, Itasca — 1839 — First Presbyterian Church of Itasca
This congregation traces its history through six 19th-century churches in five different communities, including Itasca, Osceola, Eureka, Grandview, and Files Valley. The first Cumberland Presbyterian and First Presbyterian (U.S.) churches in Itasca . . . Map (db m220264) HM
56 Texas, Hill County, Itasca — 2661 — Itasca Railroad Depot
The second railroad depot for Itasca, this Victorian structure was built in 1895, fourteen years after the town was founded along a line of the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad. It was constructed large enough to accommodate both passenger and . . . Map (db m220263) HM
57 Texas, Hill County, Itasca — 4892 — Site of Switzer College
Founded 1902 by David and Rebecca Switzer as Woman's College and Conservatory of Music. Offered liberal arts, sciences, music. Had average of 125 students. Social activities included literary societies, lyceum courses, receptions. Moved to Dallas, . . . Map (db m220268) HM
58 Texas, Hill County, Malone — 2176 — German Settlers in Hill County
Germans first came to Texas in 1821, immigrated by the hundreds in the 1840s, and in the 1880s began to move into Hill County. Here land was made available by such earlier settlers as G. W. McNeese, the Savage family, A. D. Walling, the Whites, . . . Map (db m144867) HM
59 Texas, Hill County, Mertens — 3349 — Mertens Baptist Church
On June 14, 1884, a small group of Baptists, led by W. J. Priddy, D. P. Sanders, and J. C. Osborne, met to organize a Baptist church. Originally known as Richland Baptist Church, the congregation worshiped in the Richland School until 1892, when . . . Map (db m61626) HM
60 Texas, Hill County, Milford — 2351 — Hammel's Branch
In 1876 a family of German descent, the John Henry Himmels, settled in this area of Hill County. Seven years later, Miss Emma B. Himmel became the first teacher of the Himmel Branch School. The school was the beginning of a town that, through a . . . Map (db m205723) HM
61 Texas, Hill County, Mt. Calm — 936 — Col. Leonard Williams(1798 - 1854)
Heroic Frontiersman and Soldier. Was made Colonel by his friend, President Sam Houston. After being a Comanche captive, was a Diplomat and Indian Agent. Settled near here, 1845. Built area's first tank using scraper of cowhide. Wife was Nancy . . . Map (db m161667) HM
62 Texas, Hill County, Mt. Calm — 1658 — First Baptist ChurchOf Mt. Calm
In 1878, under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. J.J. Riddle, members of the Mt. Antioch Church organized this congregation. At that time Mt. Calm village was located at present old town. In 1884, with the coming of the St. Louis & Southwestern . . . Map (db m161654) HM
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63 Texas, Hill County, Mt. Calm — 3518 — Mt. Calm Methodist Church
According to local tradition this congregation began in Mt. Calm, Limestone County, Texas, in the 1850s. By 1862 circuit preacher Andrew Davis held services in a schoolroom in the Mt. Calm Masonic Lodge. In 1883 the church erected a sanctuary here . . . Map (db m161649) HM
64 Texas, Hill County, near Whitney — 1985 — Fort Graham Cemetery
Settlement in this area began shortly after Fort Graham, a frontier military post established here in 1849, was abandoned in 1853. The first recorded burial in this cemetery, named after the fort, was that of infant Charley Botkin in 1879. The . . . Map (db m62018) HM
65 Texas, Hill County, near Whitney — 13501 — Huron
The U.S. Army established Fort Graham in this area in 1849. Although the fort closed in 1853, the presence of the troops stationed there had prompted the development of settlements throughout this part of Hill County. By 1860, James Monroe and . . . Map (db m60213) HM
66 Texas, Hill County, Whitney — 2947 — King Memorial United Methodist Church
The organizational meeting for this church was held in 1875 in the Pecan Grove community just west of Whitney. The Reverend I. M. Reeve, a circuit rider, led the congregation in its formation. In 1880, one year after the town of Whitney was founded . . . Map (db m61546) HM
67 Texas, Hill County, Whitney — 12076 — Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church
Among the first African-American Baptist congregations in Hill County were the churches at Towash (organized in 1869), Lofer's Bend, and near Aquilla. These three congregations were united in 1883 to form the Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church. . . . Map (db m61602) HM
68 Texas, Hill County, Whitney — 5790 — Whitney
Whitney, the first railroad town in Hill County, was established in 1879 on the route of the Houston and Texas Central Railroad and was named for railroad investor Charles A. Whitney. Lots in the new town were sold at a "Grand Picnic" on November . . . Map (db m59698) HM
69 Texas, Hill County, Whitney — 5792 — Whitney Messenger
This newspaper began publication in 1883, four years after the railroad town of Whitney was founded. Established by H. P. and J. O. Jones, the "Messenger" was purchased by J. T. and Dan S. Mayes in 1890. Dan Mayes, who gained full ownership of the . . . Map (db m59800) HM
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Jun. 3, 2023