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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Parker County, Texas

Clickable Map of Parker 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> Parker County, TX (67) Hood County, TX (43) Jack County, TX (25) Johnson County, TX (56) Palo Pinto County, TX (33) Tarrant County, TX (355) Wise County, TX (60)  ParkerCounty(67) Parker County (67)  HoodCounty(43) Hood County (43)  JackCounty(25) Jack County (25)  JohnsonCounty(56) Johnson County (56)  PaloPintoCounty(33) Palo Pinto County (33)  TarrantCounty(355) Tarrant County (355)  WiseCounty(60) Wise County (60)
Weatherford is the county seat for Parker County
Adjacent to Parker County, Texas
      Hood County (43)  
      Jack County (25)  
      Johnson County (56)  
      Palo Pinto County (33)  
      Tarrant County (355)  
      Wise County (60)  
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1 Texas, Parker County, Aledo — 16882 — Aledo United Methodist Church
Aledo United Methodist Church began in April 1878 when Methodists acquired an interest in a small frame structure named Alma Hall in Alma, an 1870s-era settlement considered the precursor to Aledo. With the advent of the Texas & Pacific Railway line . . . Map (db m152961) HM
2 Texas, Parker County, Aledo — 18203 — Bankhead Highway in Aledo
Commonly referred to as the "Broadway of America," the Bankhead Highway linked cities and towns throughout the nation as one of the first transcontinental highways of the 1920s. In the wake of the First World War, the American government sought to . . . Map (db m94354) HM
3 Texas, Parker County, Aledo — 17978 — City of Aledo
In 1849, the U. S. Army built Fort Worth to establish a line of defense against Indian raids and also to protect Indian lands from settlement. By 1855, farms, ranches and small settlements dotted eastern Parker County and the frontier encroached . . . Map (db m152962) HM
4 Texas, Parker County, Aledo — 1607 — First Baptist Church of Aledo
This congregation was organized on September 25, 1879. The first church building was located on land (2.5 mi. SE) donated by a Mr. Middleton, who asked that the structure be named Alma Hall in memory of his daughter. The hall was shared with a . . . Map (db m152963) HM
5 Texas, Parker County, Aledo — 2555 — Hood Family Cemetery
South Carolina native A. J. Hood (b. 1820) migrated to Cherokee County, Texas, about 1846. Ten years later, after representing that area during two terms of the state legislature, he moved his family here. Hood opened a law office in Weatherford . . . Map (db m189721) HM
6 Texas, Parker County, Annetta — 12145 — Annetta Cemetery
Community founder A. B. Fraser was a Confederate soldier who went into exile in Central America rather than declare allegiance to the Union. The Frasers named their daughter, who was born in Honduras, Anneta. The family returned to the U. S. in . . . Map (db m186748) HM
7 Texas, Parker County, Azle — 220 — Ash Creek Cemetery
The oldest known graves in this community burial ground are those of Dave Morrison (1849-1874) and W. P. Gregg (1833-1874). Dr. James Azle Stewart, for whom Azle is named, and John Giles Reynolds, early grist mill operator, each donated an acre of . . . Map (db m147141) HM
8 Texas, Parker County, Cool — 2699 — Jack Llewellyn Knight(May 29, 1917 - February 2, 1945)
Born on a farm near Garner (4 mi.N.) Jack L. Knight enlisted in the Texas National Guard in 1940. Mobilized for service during World War II, his unit was posted to Southeast Asia to help open the Burma Road between India and China. During one of the . . . Map (db m62771) HM
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9 Texas, Parker County, Mineral Wells — 12147 — Fort Wolters
Located in the counties of Palo Pinto and Parker, Fort Wolters' history dates back to the days of "Old" Camp Wolters, created in 1925 as a National Guard training area under the guidance of General Jacob F. Wolters. On October 13, 1940, the U. . . . Map (db m226028) HM
10 Texas, Parker County, Mineral Wells — History of Camp Wolters and Fort Wolters
The story of Camp Wolters began in 1921 with the organization of the 56th Cavalry Brigade of the Texas National Guard, commanded by Brigadier General Jacob F. Wolters. Wolters secured a federal grant in 1925 to construct the camp, which became the . . . Map (db m246191) HM
11 Texas, Parker County, Mineral Wells — 13407 — Weatherford, Mineral Wells and Northwestern Railway
In 1852, years before the nations’s first transcontinental rail line was completed in 1869, the Texas Legislature chartered what would become the Texas & Pacific Railway Company. The Civil War halted progress, but in 1888 the line reached . . . Map (db m220970) HM
12 Texas, Parker County, New Hope — 3584 — New Hope Cemetery and New Hope Baptist Church
Pioneer settler Joseph Wren donated five acres of land at this site in 1875 for use as a community cemetery. The church, which had been meeting in a log building (2 miles northeast), moved here later that same year. The name "New Hope" was . . . Map (db m192270) HM
13 Texas, Parker County, Poolville — 4070 — Poolville United Methodist Church
In February 1885, six members of the Goshen Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in the eastern part of Parker County, left to form a Methodist church in the farming community of Poolville. The Reverend J. Davis Crockett was called to serve as their . . . Map (db m121431) HM
14 Texas, Parker County, Springtown — 18629 — City of Springtown
In 1856, Captain Joseph Ward, a native of New Jersey, settled on a creek fed by numerous springs seventeen miles northeast of Weatherford. In 1859, Ward designed the town square and named the plate Littleton's Springs after a pioneer family. The . . . Map (db m192416) HM
15 Texas, Parker County, Springtown — 22497 — Dr. George and Ruth Jones House
Dr. George Martin Jones (1867- 1943), the third of six children of Joseph M. and Sarah Elizabeth (Gibbs) Jones, came to Springtown with his family in 1876. they settled on a farm about a mile south of town. George attended college hill institute . . . Map (db m192275) HM
16 Texas, Parker County, Springtown — 1508 — Eureka Lodge No. 371, A.F. & A.M.
Eureka Lodge No. 371, A. F. & A. M. The Eureka Masonic Lodge entered into an agreement with W. L. Hutcheson to build this two-story structure in 1897. Over the years, while the first floor housed a variety of businesses, including Hutcheson's . . . Map (db m192278) HM
17 Texas, Parker County, Springtown — 22842 — Hill Family in Springtown
The Allen C. Hill family moved to 160 acres about a mile southwest of Springtown in 1855 as early settlers of the community. Hill (1814-1873) was a farmer and stock raiser with wife Ladusky "Dusky" (1826-1873) and eight children. Although Allen . . . Map (db m247117) HM
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18 Texas, Parker County, Springtown — 2743 — Jay Bird - Union Grove School, Church, and Cemetery
This well-traveled route, known locally as Jay Bird Lane, dates from the early 1860s. In 1883 land-owners donated three acres to preserve the nearby Jay Bird camp meeting grounds. Residents soon built a frame building, officially serving the Union . . . Map (db m192271) HM
19 Texas, Parker County, Springtown — 5022 — Springtown Cemetery
This cemetery first served the area's pioneer settlers. In use before the Civil War and before the founding of Springtown, it was included in land patented to Mary Leonard in 1859. The site was later conveyed to the Springtown Methodist Church, . . . Map (db m192434) HM
20 Texas, Parker County, Springtown — 18628 — Springtown Tabernacle on the Square
Springtown Square is home of the historic 1930s tabernacle, which has become a gathering place for Springtown and surrounding residents. Initially in 1906, the square developed by moving an 1884 College Hill Institute building to the site to house . . . Map (db m192428) HM
21 Texas, Parker County, Springtown — 20006 — Veal's Station Cemetery
The community of Veal's Station developed by 1851 in northeastern Parker County, and became a stop on the stagecoach line running from Fort Worth to Fort Richardson. The settlement took the name of William G. Veal, and thrived as an educational . . . Map (db m192531) HM
22 Texas, Parker County, Springtown — 19996 — William and Elisabeth Woody Homestead
William (Bill) Woody (1824-1915), one of the first Anglo settlers in Parker County, was born in Roane County, Tennessee. While living in the eastern Tennessee hills bordering North Carolina, he married Elisabeth Lydia Farmer (1822-1879) in 1846. . . . Map (db m192530) HM
23 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 35 — 1933 Weatherford City Hall
The construction of this city hall created many jobs for the unemployed in Weatherford during the hard times of the Great Depression. Weatherford citizens passed a bond election to provide funds for a new city hall and fire station in 1933, and . . . Map (db m187277) HM
24 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 12140 — All Saints' Episcopal Church
Bishop Alexander C. Garrett of Dallas visited Weatherford in June 1875. He organized a mission church here the following February with five communicants. The congregation called the Rev. Edwin Wickens, then serving at a mission at Fort Worth, to . . . Map (db m187275) HM
25 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — Americal Division - 23rd Infantry Division
World War II 1942 - 1945 Southwest Pacific Cold War 1954 - 1956 Vietnam War 1967 - 1971 Southern I Corps First Army unit to go on offensive against the enemy in WWII Only Army Division to have a name and not a number in . . . Map (db m175064) WM
26 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — August 17, 1945 B-29 Crash
On the night of August 17, 1945, two B-29 "Heavy Bombers" collided above this site killing 18 of the 20 airmen aboard. The spectacular event could be seen as far away as Gainesville, Greenville, and Cisco as both planes exploded in fire. The . . . Map (db m57589) HM
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27 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 461 — Bose Ikard(July 1834 - January 4, 1929)
Born a slave in Mississippi, Bose Ikard came to Texas as a child with the family of his owner, Dr. Milton L. Ikard. He remained as an employee of Dr. Ikard following his emancipation, but in 1866 joined a cattle drive to Colorado led by Charles . . . Map (db m224177) HM
28 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 18657 — Campbell Memorial Hospital
In the early twentieth century, medical care in Parker County was restricted to practices of individual doctors. That changed in 1924, when Dr. E.D. Fyke purchased the twenty-eight room G.M. Bowie family home in the 600 block of North Main Street . . . Map (db m226539) HM
29 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 790 — Central Christian Church
This congregation was founded in 1894 by sixty-five former members of the First Christian Church (now South Main Church of Christ). Known in its early years as Central Church of Christ or Central Christian Church, the congregation's first pastor was . . . Map (db m226542) HM
30 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — Chandor Gardens
711 West Lee Built in 1936 Listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Map (db m175067) HM
31 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 869 — Citizens National Bank
James Robertson (J.R.) Couts (1833-1904), a native of Tennessee, brought his family to Texas in 1858. Soon after the end of the Civil War, in which he served with a Texas frontier guard unit, Couts embarked on a long cattle drive to California. . . . Map (db m187278) HM
32 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 17320 — Clark Cemetery
A common burial ground for early pioneer settlers who camped along the Clear Fork of the Trinity River, the Clark Cemetery consists of many burial sites from the 1830s. In December of 1853, Reverend John William Godfrey (1825-1897) and his wife, . . . Map (db m71542) HM
33 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 16994 — First Baptist Church
Originally called United Missionary Baptist Church of Christ at Weatherford, this church organized in 1856 under Reverends Noah T. Byars, J.C. Powers and John Turner. A sanctuary was completed in 1873 on the corner of West College and Jordan Streets . . . Map (db m187276) HM
34 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 1899 — First United Methodist Church of Weatherford
Organized in 1857, this congregation built a meetinghouse in 1867 at Walnut and Church Street. In 1886 a tornado destroyed the first sanctuary. This structure was begun three years later under the leadership of the Reverend James Mackey. The . . . Map (db m226534) HM
35 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 17253 — Franco-Texan Land Company Building
In the late 19th century, this building was a center for political and economic life for the town of Weatherford and for Parker County. It was built around 1870. James Robertson Couts and John A. Fain established the first bank west of Dallas in . . . Map (db m71499) HM
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36 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 17010 — Fred Rider Cotten(1894-1974)
Fred Rider Cotten was born to James Taylor and Sarah Ida (Rider) Cotten in Weatherford. In 1917, he completed a law degree at the Univ. of Texas. After returning to his hometown with his wife, Mary Virginia (Akard), and two children, Cotten ran the . . . Map (db m187281) HM
37 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 2235 — Governor S.W.T. Lanham(July 4, 1846 - July 29, 1908)
A South Carolinian, Samuel Willis Tucker Lanham volunteered at age 15 and fought 1861-65 in the Civil War. In 1866 he married Sarah Beona Meng and moved to Texas. The Lanhams taught school, first in Bowie County, then in Weatherford. Admitted to the . . . Map (db m226535) HM
38 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 17254 — Grace First Presbyterian Church
Three congregations, the earliest founded in 1859, joined forces in Parker County to create Grace First Presbyterian Church. The Cumberland Presbyterian Church, the oldest of the three congregations, focused on education as an important ministry to . . . Map (db m73470) HM
39 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 13911 — Greenwood Community
Greenwood formed by the 1880s on land sold to T.D. Wythe and W.J. Fain, developing as a farming community. There were a number of vital institutions here, including the general store owned by Millard Cleveland, a sheriff from Missouri; the Greenwood . . . Map (db m226536) HM
40 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 14924 — Gustavus Adolphus Holland(January 12, 1859 – March 11, 1946)
A teacher in his native Kentucky, G.A. Holland came to Parker County in 1882, settling in Poolville. In addition to teaching school, Holland also served as Postmaster and Justice of the Peace. He later served as County Tax Collector, Weatherford . . . Map (db m188177) HM
41 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 2656 — Isaac Parker
To the memory of Isaac Parker Pioneer, soldier and law maker. Born April 7, 1793 in Elbert County Georgia. Came to Texas in 1833. Served in Elisha Clapp's Company in 1836. Member of Congress of the Republic of Texas, 1839-1845; . . . Map (db m186745) HM
42 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 17354 — James Claude Wright House
On September 20, 1898, Robert P. Lowe and his wife purchased the property at this site. The commonly held belief is that the house was built by Robert Lowe, who retired from Mobile and Ohio Railroad in 1894 and settled his family in Weatherford. He . . . Map (db m71471) HM
43 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 14430 — James Robertson Couts(1833-1904)
A native of Tennessee and a veteran of the Civil War, James Robertson Couts brought his family to Parker County in the mid-1860s. With proceeds from a cattle drive to California, he opened a bank in Weatherford (now Citizens National Bank). An . . . Map (db m224180) HM
44 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 15282 — Merchants and Farmers State Bank
Chartered on January 22, 1889, as the Merchants and Farmers National Bank of Weatherford, this institution opened for business on March 15, 1889, with capital of $100,000. In 1909 the bank's directors voted to apply for a state charter, and the . . . Map (db m187274) HM
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45 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 20039 — Mount Pleasant Colored School
Built in 1919 on a site donated in 1886 by J.R. Couts, the Weatherford Colored School was the only African American School in the city. The school, which was renamed Mount Pleasant Colored School in 1936, was a two-room brick building. An . . . Map (db m174467) HM
46 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 3708 — Old City Greenwood Cemetery
This cemetery was formerly established by the Weatherford Town Council in 1863 when lots were surveyed and the exact cemetery location was staked. Previous interments were made in the unmarked streets of the town. The mayor directed those remains . . . Map (db m62676) HM
47 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — Parker County Confederate Veterans Memorial
In honor of the United Confederate veterans of Parker County 1861 - 1865 Reverse: Erected by the United Daughters of the Confederacy 1915Map (db m174471) WM
48 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 3939 — Parker County Courthouse
Scene of many noted trials. Built 1884-86. Cost $55,555.55. Fourth courthouse in history of county, organized 1856. An oak on Ft. Belknap Road was court site that year. In this building practiced S.W.T. Lanham, who was governor of Texas . . . Map (db m174469) HM
49 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — Parker County Gold Star Family Memorial Monument
U.S. Army General William Hood Simpson 19 May 1888 - 15 Aug. 1980 Born near Weatherford, he earned an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy in 1905, and graduated in 1909. While often overlooked in the history of the European Theater of . . . Map (db m175061) WM
50 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 3941 — Parker County, C.S.A.
Part of a colonial grant to S.M. Williams and Stephen F. Austin, father of Texas, but with no permanent settlers before 1850, this county was created in 1855 and named for Isaac Parker, its legislative sponsor. By 1860 it had 4,213 people and in . . . Map (db m174464) HM
51 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 4083 — Porter Cemetery(.4 Mi. N)
Robert Scott Porter (1795-1877), first Parker County judge, dedicated this land near his cabin as a family cemetery in 1867 after the death of his 3-year-old granddaughter Syrene E. Newberry. Judge Porter's grandson Elbert T. Doss (1847-1869) and . . . Map (db m226045) HM
52 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 4155 — R.W. Kindel House
Druggist R.W. Kindel (1847-1931) built this Second Empire-style Victorian home about 1881. The 20-inch-thick native stone walls were topped by a concave mansard roof. A coal furnace in the cellar with vents leading into each room provided an early . . . Map (db m226541) HM
53 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — Roy and Jeanne Grogan Historic Plaza
This bell forged in 1879 hung in the belfry of WC’s original "Old Main” Campus. It was rung to signify curfew and other special occasions. The stone arch stood as part of the entryway of the original building. Thousands of students walked . . . Map (db m246203) HM
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54 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 14867 — Samuel Joseph Redgate
Born in England, 1800 Member of Legislature, 1858-1861 Died May 20, 1893 Jane Yergins Jordt Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Yergins Wife of H.E. Jordt Born in what is now Oklahoma August 20, 1836 Died April 8, 1896 In Memory of Mary . . . Map (db m226530) HM
55 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 13301 — Samuel Willis Tucker Lanham
S.W.T. Lanham was born on July 4, 1846 to James and Louisa (Tucker) Lanham in South Carolina. He joined the Confederate Army in 1861, serving in the Third South Carolina Infantry, and was wounded at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House, 1864. He . . . Map (db m224178) HM
56 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 4975 — Soldier Spring Park
Confederate soldiers are said to have camped here in the 1860s because of the inviting spring. In 1890, veterans used the site for their 25th reunion. During the next year, 55 acres were set aside as "Soldier Spring Park". Chautauqua programs . . . Map (db m175063) HM
57 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 5266 — Texas Pythian Home
The Texas Grand Lodge of the Knights of Pythias considered building a home for dependent widows and children as early as 1886. In 1897 the Grand Lodge Convention started a fund to establish such a home. Both the Knights and the Pythian Sisters of . . . Map (db m226533) HM
58 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 3850 — The Dean of Texas Trail Drivers Oliver Loving (1812 - 1867)
Founder of three major cattle trails, Oliver Loving came from Kentucky to Texas in 1845 and to Parker County about 1855. During the Civil War (1861-65), he supplied beef to Confederate forces. With Charles Goodnight as partner on a drive to New . . . Map (db m26538) HM
59 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 15585 — The Double Log Cabin
At Holland's Lake · A monument to the pioneers of Parker County · The east room with bullet scarred walls shows where George McCleskey was killed by Indians in 1873 · The west room was Dan Waggoner's headquarters ranch house built in 1855 · Adopted . . . Map (db m226529) HM
60 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 5466 — Thomas C. Snailum(1811-1884)
A native of England, Thomas C. Snailum came to Texas in 1834, settling in Bastrop. He enlisted in the Texas Army in 1836, served during the Texas Revolution, and settled in Nacogdoches after the war. In 1840 Snailum married Mary Ann Rogers . . . Map (db m224179) HM
61 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 16456 — Twentieth Century Club
On February 8, 1900, a group of twenty-nine Weatherford women organized the Twentieth Century Club. The club was federated as an affiliate of the Texas Federation of Women's Clubs later that year. Since its inception, the club's membership has . . . Map (db m226538) HM
62 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — USS Frank E. Evans (DD 754)
This monument is to honor the 74 sailors who lost their lives aboard the US Navy Destroyer USS Frank E. Evans (DD 754) on 3 June 1969. USS Frank E. Evans (DD 754) was on the gun line off the coast of Vietnam when she was ordered out of the . . . Map (db m175065) WM
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63 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 5731 — Weatherford
Founded 1856. Named for Jefferson Weatherford, state senator and a confederate soldier. Frontier people found protection here from constant Indian threat during Civil War. Long the only town between Fort Worth and El Paso. Home of . . . Map (db m187280) HM
64 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 15030 — Weatherford College Old Main Building
This wing, Old Weatherford Masonic Institute, always has been part of a school. Masons en route to lay the cornerstone, July 5, 1869, were delayed by a skirmish with Indians. Incorporated into Main Building of Weatherford College 1895. Has educated . . . Map (db m226544) HM
65 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 5732 — Weatherford Post Office
A postal station was first established in Weatherford in 1856. Facilities were located in several early buildings before this structure was completed in 1914. Judge J.M. Richards was postmaster at the time. Built on the site of a gasoline service . . . Map (db m187279) HM
66 Texas, Parker County, Weatherford — 5904 — Woolfolk-McCall House
One of the first brick homes in Weatherford, this structure was begun in late 1860s and occupied by Joseph A. Woolfolk (1836-1918), one of two attorneys who defended Indian Chiefs Satanta and Big Tree, charged in 1871 wagon train massacre. In 1879 . . . Map (db m226540) HM
67 Texas, Parker County, Willow Park — 16901 — Lawson Daniel Gratz
Born on September 15, 1839 in Mason County, Kentucky on the plantation of Benjamin Gratz, Lawson Gratz worked as a farmer for his owner prior to the Civil War. Lawson was directed by his owner to enlist in the Federal army on July 24, 1864 at . . . Map (db m189460) HM
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