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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Refugio County, Texas

Clickable Map of Refugio 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> Refugio County, TX (31) Aransas County, TX (72) Bee County, TX (44) Calhoun County, TX (85) Goliad County, TX (54) San Patricio County, TX (51) Victoria County, TX (114)  RefugioCounty(31) Refugio County (31)  AransasCounty(72) Aransas County (72)  BeeCounty(44) Bee County (44)  CalhounCounty(85) Calhoun County (85)  GoliadCounty(54) Goliad County (54)  SanPatricioCounty(51) San Patricio County (51)  VictoriaCounty(114) Victoria County (114)
Refugio is the county seat for Refugio County
Adjacent to Refugio County, Texas
      Aransas County (72)  
      Bee County (44)  
      Calhoun County (85)  
      Goliad County (54)  
      San Patricio County (51)  
      Victoria County (114)  
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1 Texas, Refugio County, Austwell — Building Aransas NWR (National Wildlife Refuge)
Aransas Migratory Waterfowl Refuge was established on December 31, 1937, "a Refuge and breeding ground for migratory birds and other wildlife..." and "... for use as an inviolate sanctuary, or for any other management purpose, for migratory birds." . . . Map (db m193750) HM
2 Texas, Refugio County, Bayside — 17651 — Birthplace of Clara Driscoll
The settlement of St. Mary’s was founded in 1857 by Joseph F. Smith, nephew of Texas provisional Gov. Henry Smith. The town flourished from 1850 to 1886 as a viable port city, and was once the county seat of Refugio County. The bustling town . . . Map (db m205695) HM
3 Texas, Refugio County, Bayside — Copano Bay Claimed
In the Year of Our Lord 1519, Copano Bay was claimed along with the surrounding costal area, as a Spanish possession by Alonzo Alvarez De Pineda, who is thought to be the first European to explore and chart the Texas coast line.Map (db m213751) HM
4 Texas, Refugio County, Bayside — 12168 — John Howland Wood and Nancy Clark Wood House
John Howland Wood (1816-1904) was born in Dutchess County, New York. Trained in the mercantile trade and apprenticed to a painter, Wood enlisted in the New York Battalion to aid the Texas revolution. He arrived in Texas in 1836 in time to . . . Map (db m207915) HM
5 Texas, Refugio County, Bayside — 3803 — Old St. Mary's Cemetery
Joseph F. Smith, Nephew of Texas' provisional governor Henry Smith, founded the town of St. Mary's in 1857. Ten acres were set aside for this burial ground, in which the earliest marked grave is dated 1860. The cemetery served the thriving . . . Map (db m208205) HM
6 Texas, Refugio County, Bayside — 4937 — Site of the Town of Cópano
Named for the Indians who lived here Important Texas port, 1722-1870 The landing place of many colonists Winter quarters of the Texas Revolution Army in 1835 Additional tablet: This marker was moved from its original location on Copano . . . Map (db m205697) HM
7 Texas, Refugio County, Refugio — 152 — Amon B. King
In the early morning of March 14, 1836, twenty eight Texans under Captain Amon B. King separated from Col. William Ward's command in the mission church and late that day in a wood on the west bank of Mission River a half mile below the town fought a . . . Map (db m34071) HM
8 Texas, Refugio County, Refugio — 17647 — Barefield School
African Americans were denied access to education while enslaved, but opportunities emerged after emancipation. The first African American school in Refugio was held in a shotgun building on the corner of Santiago and Osage Streets. The school, . . . Map (db m166443) HM
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9 Texas, Refugio County, Refugio — 2951 — Captain Amon B. King and His MenOn this site
Members of the Texas Revolutionary Army, were shot, after being captured by Mexican troops, on March 16, 1836Map (db m165521) HM
10 Texas, Refugio County, Refugio — 955 — Colonel A. M. Hobby/Hobby's 8th Texas Infantry Regiment, C.S.A.
Home county of Texas Confederate Colonel A.M. Hobby 1831 - 1881Georgian. Ardent supporter of states rights and secession. Served Texas Legislature 1859 until resignation in 1862 to organize battalion for war. Commanded Hobby's 8th Texas Infantry . . . Map (db m33979) HM
11 Texas, Refugio County, Refugio — Dennis M. O'Connor Public LibraryIn Memorium — 1906-1997 —
Dennis Martin O'Connor, II, was born October 31, 1906, into a South Texas pioneer family, being the eldest son of Thomas and Kathryn Stoner O'Connor. He was the great-grandson of Thomas O'Connor, who emigrated from Ireland with the Power-Hewetson . . . Map (db m34078) HM
12 Texas, Refugio County, Refugio — 1482 — Empresario James Power(1781-1852)
Born in Ireland, Colonel James Power came to New Orleans in 1809 and to Texas in 1823. With fellow Irish Empresario James Hewetson (1796-1870), he was awarded contracts to settle Irish Catholic and Mexican families between the Guadalupe and Lavaca . . . Map (db m33783) HM
13 Texas, Refugio County, Refugio — 2652 — Irish Immigrants in Refugio
The history of settlement in Refugio is closely associated with Ballygarrett, County Wexford, Ireland. Irish natives James Powers (c.1788-1852) and James Hewetson (1796-1870), both of whom immigrated to the United States in the early 19th century . . . Map (db m34027) HM
14 Texas, Refugio County, Refugio — 6484 — John and Virginia Linney House
John Filmore Linney (1853-1924) and his wife Virginia (Lum) Linney (1854-1946), were both members of pioneer Texas families. His father, Col. John Linney had this house built for the couple in 1876, just two years after their marriage. John F. and . . . Map (db m34031) HM
15 Texas, Refugio County, Refugio — King and his MenMemorial 1937
It has been 74 years since this Monument was erected as a memoriali to Captain Amon B. King and his men who were captured and then Executed by General Jose' Urrea. The Citizens of Refugio did not feel that this Sculpture and Granite Column were . . . Map (db m180994) HM WM
16 Texas, Refugio County, Refugio — King's Men Buried Here
Here were buried King's Men massacred March 16th, 1836. Erected by the Refugio Chapter Texas Historical and Landmarks Association. A.D. 1934Map (db m165546) HM
17 Texas, Refugio County, Refugio — King's Men Memorial
In memory of the soldiers of the Army of Texas who were killed in action or captured and afterward slain as a result of the fighting at Refugio March 14, 15, 16, 1836 sixteen of whom are buried here Erected by the State of Texas Moved to this . . . Map (db m165527) WM
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18 Texas, Refugio County, Refugio — 3488 — Mount Calvary Cemetery
Initiated by the burial of 16 soldiers massacred during the Texas revolution of 1836. The bones of Capt. Amon King and his men - scattered on the Prairie - were buried by Refugio citizens. Later forgotten, the site was rediscovered in 1934. Grave . . . Map (db m165502) HM
19 Texas, Refugio County, Refugio — 3886 — Our Lady of Refuge Catholic Church
This church traces its history to Nuestra Senora del Refugio (Our Lady of Refuge), a Spanish mission established in 1791 (30 mi. NE). The mission relocated here in 1795. The 1868 building was razed, and in 1901 an impressive Victorian/Romanesque . . . Map (db m33750) HM
20 Texas, Refugio County, Refugio — Purple Heart Recipients
In honor of Purple Heart Recipients 1782 – 1932 Purple Heart They paid for our freedom with blood All gave some, some gave all.Map (db m213752) WM
21 Texas, Refugio County, Refugio — 4231 — Refugio City Hall
Located on the city's original public square, this municipal structure was erected in 1935-36 during the administration of Mayor Leonard Jeter. Designed by Irving H. Dunbar and built with financial assistance from the Federal Public Works . . . Map (db m180953) HM
22 Texas, Refugio County, Refugio — 4232 — Refugio County
Organized in 1835 into the Mexican municipality of Refugio. Created a county of the same name March 17, 1836, organized 1837. Named for the Mission "Our Lady of Refuge" established in 1791 to civilize and Christianize the Indians. Refugio, the . . . Map (db m33795) HM
23 Texas, Refugio County, Refugio — 4233 — Refugio County Courthouses
The county and city of Refugio are named after the Spanish Mission de Nuestra Señora del Refugio (the Mission of Our Lady of Refuge) established here in 1795. The Spanish mission building served as Refugio County's courthouse at various times from . . . Map (db m33843) HM
24 Texas, Refugio County, Refugio — Refugio Veterans Memorial
[Department of the Army Emblem] [Department of the Air Force Emblem] [Department of the Navy] [United States Coast Guard Emblem]Map (db m213753) WM
25 Texas, Refugio County, Refugio — 4498 — Sally Scull
Woman rancher, horse trader, champion "cusser." Ranched NW of here. In Civil War Texas, Sally Scull (or Skull) freight wagons took cotton to Mexico to swap for guns, ammunition, medicine, coffee, shoes, clothing and other goods vital to the . . . Map (db m33756) HM
26 Texas, Refugio County, Refugio — Site of Mission Nuestra Señora del Refugio
Originally founded on January 31, 1793, by Fathers José Francisco Garza and Mariano Velasco, Franciscan missionaries, at the junction of the Guadalupe and San Antonio Rivers for the conversion of the Karankawa Indians. Removed to the present . . . Map (db m33751) HM
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27 Texas, Refugio County, Refugio — 6481 — Site of the Home of Captain Ira Westover
Participator in the Capture of Goliad, October 9, 1835 With 14 Texans Under His Command, He Captured Fort Lipantitlan From 65 Mexicans, November 3, 1835 Member of the General Council Of Texas, 1835, From Goliad Municipality . . . Map (db m180955) HM
28 Texas, Refugio County, Refugio — 5616 — The Urrea Oaks Reported missing
By tradition, camping place in March 1836, during Texas War for Independence, of Gen. Jose Urrea of Mexico. Strategically located, this was Urrea's staging area. Capt. Amon B. King came from Goliad with his Texas volunteers to support the Refugio . . . Map (db m33704) HM
29 Texas, Refugio County, Refugio — 5934 — Yucatan Soldiers' Burial Site Reported damaged
General Jose Urrea, governor of his native state of Durango, Mexico, was dispatched northeastward early in 1836 by Dictator Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, to fight against the Texas colonists in their uprising for independence. Because of his . . . Map (db m134510) HM
30 Texas, Refugio County, Tivoli — 4120 — Preston Rose Austin(November 11, 1872 - September 29, 1929)
A far-sighted businessman who contributed much to the development of South Texas, Preston Rose Austin was born in Harrison County and grew up in Victoria County. After achieving prominence as a stock raiser, Austin became a partner in the Refugio . . . Map (db m119457) HM
31 Texas, Refugio County, Woodsboro — 12169 — Woodsboro Square
A land development project of W.C. Johnson and George P. Pugh of Danville, Illinois, this town along the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway was laid out in late 1906. A post office was established in the Bonnie View Land Company Hotel in . . . Map (db m165505) HM
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May. 31, 2023