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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Karnes County, Texas

Clickable Map of Karnes 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> Karnes County, TX (29) Atascosa County, TX (48) Bee County, TX (44) DeWitt County, TX (70) Goliad County, TX (54) Gonzales County, TX (90) Live Oak County, TX (28) Wilson County, TX (56)  KarnesCounty(29) Karnes County (29)  AtascosaCounty(48) Atascosa County (48)  BeeCounty(44) Bee County (44)  DeWittCounty(70) DeWitt County (70)  GoliadCounty(54) Goliad County (54)  GonzalesCounty(90) Gonzales County (90)  LiveOakCounty(28) Live Oak County (28)  WilsonCounty(56) Wilson County (56)
Karnes City is the county seat for Karnes County
Adjacent to Karnes County, Texas
      Atascosa County (48)  
      Bee County (44)  
      DeWitt County (70)  
      Goliad County (54)  
      Gonzales County (90)  
      Live Oak County (28)  
      Wilson County (56)  
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1 Texas, Karnes County, Cestohowa — 1418 — El Fuerte del Cibolo
Near this site (about 2.5 mi. N on Cibolo Creek) stood the 18th-century Spanish fort of El Fuerte de Santa Cruz del Cibolo, usually called El Fuerte del Cibolo or El Cibolo. Built to protect the many Spanish ranches between San Antonio and La Bahia . . . Map (db m121606) HM
2 Texas, Karnes County, Cestohowa — 12331 — Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Cemetery
Jacob Lyssy (1837-1880) and John Pawlik, Jr. (1845-1912) of the Czestochowa parish each donated one acre of land to Bishop Anthony D. Pellicer of the Archdiocese of San Antonio to be used as a burial ground for the newly established Nativity of the . . . Map (db m131923) HM
3 Texas, Karnes County, Cestohowa — 12347 — Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church
The second Polish colony in Karnes County, the village in this area grew out of a small settlement known as St. Joe and was formally established in 1873. At times the priest at Panna Maria would conduct services at St. Joseph School in what would . . . Map (db m121602) HM
4 Texas, Karnes County, Helena — 2428 — Helena
Founded in 1852 on San Antonio River by Thomas Ruckman, a graduate of Princeton, and Lewis Owings, later first Governor of Arizona Territory. Town was named in honor of Owings' wife, Helen. Situated on branch of famed Chihuahua Trail (running . . . Map (db m132367) HM
5 Texas, Karnes County, Helena — 2429 — Helena Union Church(Original Site 150 Feet South)
Example of religious toleration in frontier Texas. Site was used early as 1866 by Methodists, whose church was "free to any Christian denomination for...worship, (and) subject to use of...Helena School". Trustees of that church were T. K. . . . Map (db m132368) HM
6 Texas, Karnes County, Helena — 3742 — Old Helena Courthouse
Soon after Karnes County was created and organized in 1854, a frame and clapboard courthouse was erected at this site in the center of Jefferson Square. This rock structure was built in 1873 to replace the first courthouse and adjacent county . . . Map (db m132370) HM
7 Texas, Karnes County, Helena — 3892 — Ox-Cart Road(Section of Chihuahua Road)
After centuries of use by buffalo and Indians, this trail from San Antonio to the Texas coast gained importance when opened to colonial travel by the Alarcon Expedition in 1718. Spanish conquistadores and priests, the Gutierrez-Magee . . . Map (db m132371) HM
8 Texas, Karnes County, Helena — 5473 — Thomas Ruckman(November 8, 1826 - December 2, 1914)
Founding father of Karnes County, Ruckman was born in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1848 from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) and taught in South Carolina for a year. But the lure of Texas - then a . . . Map (db m132372) HM
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9 Texas, Karnes County, Karnes City — 7.7 cm German Feldkanone 16 (built 1918)
Awarded to Karnes County as a WWI Memorial by 1923 Act of Congress Restored 2018 with assistance from the family of Gladys and Stephen Crews III Restoration work done by K-3 Machine Tool Co.Map (db m192190) WM
10 Texas, Karnes County, Karnes City — 1642 — First Baptist Church of Karnes City
This congregation was founded as a missionary church by the Rev. J.D. Walker in 1894, the same year the new town of Karnes City became the county seat of Karnes County. It is thought that early worship services were held in the school building. . . . Map (db m192192) HM
11 Texas, Karnes County, Karnes City — 1815 — First Presbyterian Church
Karnes City's first edifice built for Protestant worship. Housed congregation originating in 1894 as a mission under the care of Helena Presbyterians, and organized as a church with 14 members in 1895 by the Rev. H.R. Laird, evangelist of the . . . Map (db m192191) HM
12 Texas, Karnes County, Karnes City — 2900 — Karnes City
Seat of Karnes County; was founded in Christmas season, 1890, when a partnership headed by Otto Buchel bought 1,000 acres of land from J. L. Calvert for $5 an acre. The tract was near the geographic center of the county and adjoined the . . . Map (db m131922) HM
13 Texas, Karnes County, Karnes City — 6073 — Karnes County
Formed from Bexar County Created February 4, 1854 Organized February 27, 1854 Named in honor of Henry Wax Karnes 1812-1840 Conspicuous for gallantry at storming of Bexar Commanded a company at San Jacinto Texas Ranger . . . Map (db m121656) HM
14 Texas, Karnes County, Karnes City — 2902 — Karnes County Courthouse
In 1854 Karnes County erected its first courthouse in the county seat of Helena, an important stage stop between San Antonio and Goliad. The original courthouse was destroyed in a storm about 1865 and a new stone courthouse was built in Helena in . . . Map (db m121652) HM
15 Texas, Karnes County, Kenedy — 582 — Butler Family Cemetery
This cemetery was part of the original homestead of William Green and Adeline Burris Butler, who had migrated to Texas with their families before the Civil War. Eventually their ranching interests included land in five South Texas counties. . . . Map (db m205856) HM
16 Texas, Karnes County, Kenedy — 18233 — Gregorio Cortez
On June 12, 1901, Sheriff W.T. "Brack” Morris and deputy arrived at the Thulemeyer Ranch to question Gregorio Cortez (1875-1916) about a reported horse theft in Atascosa County. A shootout ensued, leaving Sheriff Morris dead. Cortez fled the . . . Map (db m121759) HM
17 Texas, Karnes County, Kenedy — 2922 — Kenedy
The town of Kenedy occupies a site that once was part of a royal Spanish land grant to Don Carlos Martinez. American settlement in the area began after the Texas War for Independence (1836). Land for a townsite was purchased in 1886 by railroad . . . Map (db m174612) HM
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18 Texas, Karnes County, Kenedy — 13538 — Kenedy Alien Detention Camp Cemetery
During World War II, the U.S. established three internment camps in Texas for alien civilians in the U.S. and Latin America, and one was located in Kenedy. The U.S. repatriated German, Japanese and Italian detainees in trade for American prisoners . . . Map (db m192193) HM
19 Texas, Karnes County, Kenedy — 4472 — St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
Episcopal worship services were held in Kenedy as early as 1899, though the congregation of St. Matthew's was not organized as a mission until 1913, by the Rev. Alfred R.S. Garden. Designed by Frank Corby, this was the only Episcopal church in the . . . Map (db m174613) HM
20 Texas, Karnes County, Panna Maria — 1874 — First Store in Panna Maria
Built in 1855; used as a storeroom for landlord's share of Panna Maria crops. The landlord, John Twohig, a devout Catholic, set aside one room of store for the church and school. Owned and operated by the Snoga family since 1918. . . . Map (db m131919) HM
21 Texas, Karnes County, Panna Maria — 2619 — Immaculate Conception Church
. . . Map (db m131921) HM
22 Texas, Karnes County, Panna Maria — 17888 — John Gawlik House
Built in 1858 by a Polish immigrant from upper Silesia, the John Gawlik House is the oldest stone home in Panna Maria. Characteristics of rural upper Silesian homes and this house are steeply pitched gable roofs with large overhangs covering the . . . Map (db m207914) HM
23 Texas, Karnes County, Panna Maria — 6074 — Panna Maria, TexasOldest Permanent Polish Colony in America
Settled by 100 Polish families who came to Texas to gain economic, political and religious freedom. Led by Father Leopold Moczygemba, O.F.M., Conv., they made a contract in 1854 with John Twohig, a San Antonio banker and merchant, for land at . . . Map (db m131916) HM
24 Texas, Karnes County, Panna Maria — 4016 — Pilarczyk Store
Built 1875; second oldest store in Panna Maria; still has original rafters and floors. Lime for mortaring stones (visible on back and sides) was fired in home kilns. Store was bought by Victor Pilarczyk, 1913. First gas pump was installed 1919. . . . Map (db m131918) HM
25 Texas, Karnes County, Panna Maria — 4459 — St. Joseph's School
Built 1868. Oldest Polish private school in America. Since 1855, classes had been held in various sites. This was the first school building in the colony at Panna Maria. Teachers lived upstairs and classes were held on the ground floor. . . . Map (db m131920) HM
26 Texas, Karnes County, Panna Maria — 5534 — Town of Panna Maria
Oldest Polish settlement in Texas - Established December 24, 1854 by the Reverend Leopold Moczygemba O.F.M., who was instrumental in bringing from Poland about 100 Polish peasant families - Within a few months the majority sought . . . Map (db m131917) HM
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27 Texas, Karnes County, Runge — 4388 — Runge Bandstand
Originally built before 1900, this structure was rebuilt in 1924 by the civic league, "Rungetex" Brass Band, and others. Many stories have been told by older citizens of the good times spent here at band concerts, ice cream socials, and Easter Egg . . . Map (db m174608) HM
28 Texas, Karnes County, Runge — 4389 — Runge, Texas
Early Texas town. Near site where old ox-cart road from San Antonio to Indianola crossed the Ojo de Agua (Spanish name meaning "Eye of Water" or Spring) Creek. Here pioneer travelers found essentials of water, wood, and grass. Numerous Indian . . . Map (db m174609) HM
29 Texas, Karnes County, Runge — Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial
To Commemorate the Valor of the Defenders of our Nation who Served and Fought in the Wars to Preserve our Freedom and Democracy.Map (db m174606) WM
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May. 31, 2023