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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Robertson County, Texas

Clickable Map of Robertson 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> Robertson County, TX (54) Brazos County, TX (67) Burleson County, TX (63) Falls County, TX (27) Leon County, TX (18) Limestone County, TX (40) Madison County, TX (28) Milam County, TX (56)  RobertsonCounty(54) Robertson County (54)  BrazosCounty(67) Brazos County (67)  BurlesonCounty(63) Burleson County (63)  FallsCounty(27) Falls County (27)  LeonCounty(18) Leon County (18)  LimestoneCounty(40) Limestone County (40)  MadisonCounty(28) Madison County (28)  MilamCounty(56) Milam County (56)
Franklin is the county seat for Robertson County
Adjacent to Robertson County, Texas
      Brazos County (67)  
      Burleson County (63)  
      Falls County (27)  
      Leon County (18)  
      Limestone County (40)  
      Madison County (28)  
      Milam County (56)  
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1 Texas, Robertson County, Benchley — 10908 — El Camino Real — Also known as Old San Antonio Road and Old Spanish Trail
A trail of adventure, hardships, opportunity and freedom, over which history stalked into Texas. To the Spanish, El Camino Real was a road traveled for the king – to colonize, Christianize, seek adventure or look for riches. This road became . . . Map (db m129294) HM
2 Texas, Robertson County, Benchley — 45 — Kings Highway Camino Real — Old San Antonio Road — Marker #45 — El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail —
Kings Highway Camino Real Old San Antonio Road Marked by The Daughters of The American Revolution and The State of Texas A.D. 1918Map (db m221439) HM
3 Texas, Robertson County, Benchley — 10948 — Staggers Point — About a Mile to the North was the Old Irish Settlement of
Earliest large community in Robertson's Colony. Settled by Irishmen who came to America in 1821; lived in South Carolina and then in Alabama; and in 1829 sent west an emissary, Robert Henry, to find a permanent location. In 1833, their ox-wagon . . . Map (db m129295) HM
4 Texas, Robertson County, Bremond — 11694 — Bremond
Part of the 1841 Mary Peterson Grant, the land on this site was sold to William Baker and a group of investors in 1869. The investors immediately granted right-of-way to the Houston and Texas Central Railway. The first train pulled into Bremond . . . Map (db m208722) HM
5 Texas, Robertson County, Bremond — 11757 — First Baptist Church of Bremond
Local lore dates the origin of this church to 1865; however, the earliest written source indicates that a Bremond Baptist Church was in existence by 1869. The first members met in vacant store buildings under the leadership of the Rev. Mr. Harris. . . . Map (db m208715) HM
6 Texas, Robertson County, Bremond — 10927 — Grace United Methodist Church
This congregation was founded in 1868 as the Bremond Methodist Episcopal Church, South, with the Rev. John R. White serving as pastor. The earliest worship services were held in private homes or in the community's Union church. Two early Methodist . . . Map (db m208716) HM
7 Texas, Robertson County, Bremond — 10904 — Joseph and Catherine Bartula
Born in Poland, Joseph (1840-1919) and Catherine (1841-1907) Bartula overcame many hardships after migrating to Texas in 1873. They became the first Polish settlers in Robertson County in 1875. Assisted by J.C. and Mary Roberts, on whose farm he . . . Map (db m208718) HM
8 Texas, Robertson County, Bremond — 18253 — Love High School
T.W. Parker founded Bremond Colored High School in 1920 to educate young African Americans in the Bremond area. Professor Charles Love, Principal from 1925-1965, played such an integral part in the school by preparing the students that it was . . . Map (db m159104) HM
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9 Texas, Robertson County, Bremond — 13851 — Paul Bremond
The city of Bremond is named for the noted financier and railroad builder Paul Bremond (1810-85). A native of New York, where he apprenticed in the hat trade, Bremond came to Texas in 1839 and eventually joined other investors in a railroad that . . . Map (db m208719) HM
10 Texas, Robertson County, Bremond — 10944 — St. Mary's Catholic Church
Founded 1876 to serve Poles settling in Bremond that decade. First church, built 1879, since 1908 (date of this edifice) has been Parish school. Fathers A. Krypajtis (Died 1907) and I.J. Szymanski (Died 1941) led building of this Gothic structure. . . . Map (db m208717) HM
11 Texas, Robertson County, Bremond — 10958 — Wootan Wells
Famous early health spa and resort. First well was dug 1878 by landowner Francis Wootan. Water tasted good, but turned dishes yellow and clothes red. Even so, it seemed to possess amazing curative properties. Wootan soon built a hotel and in . . . Map (db m208709) HM
12 Texas, Robertson County, Calvert — "The Calvert Bell"
In memory and honor of all United States Veterans, the men and women of the Army, Air Force, Marine, Navy and Coast Guard. We thank you for your service and sacrifice to your community, state, and country.Map (db m168366) WM
13 Texas, Robertson County, Calvert — 10914 — Building of the Citizens Bank & Trust Co.
Built 1868 by James S. Hanna, for a General Store. Owned 1870-1871 by a Battle of San Jacinto veteran, the Rev. Robt. Crawford. Bought 1872 by J.S. McLendon, whose store and private bank were housed in the structure. In 1887 this was site of . . . Map (db m168108) HM
14 Texas, Robertson County, Calvert — 10910 — Casimir Drugstore
Sometime after 1869, Jean Pierre Casimir (d. 1929), native of Toulouse, France, built this structure. His family operated drugstore here until 1949. A patio in the rear connected drugstore to the Palace Opera House, also owned and operated by . . . Map (db m168161) HM
15 Texas, Robertson County, Calvert — 10915 — Cobb’s Market — Reported damaged
Original meat market here in 1868 was remodeled into present Victorian building of handmade brick in 1878, by Mrs. Ella Oscar. Original fixtures still used include wood burning stove of cast iron, marble top counters, meat saw rack. . . . Map (db m168160) HM
16 Texas, Robertson County, Calvert — 10921 — First Baptist Church — Of Calvert
As early as 1835, Baptists were worshipping in this area. In 1868, when Calvert was founded, Houston & Texas Central Railroad donated lots for a church. Until a brick edifice was built in 1873 on that land (at Hanna and Pine), services were held . . . Map (db m168208) HM
17 Texas, Robertson County, Calvert — 10923 — First Presbyterian Church
Built at Sterling before Civil War, on land of Judge Robert Calvert, Texas legislator and descendant of Lord Baltimore (Maryland colonizer). Stained glass in windows was imported. Other materials and labor were from Calvert's plantation. . . . Map (db m168339) HM
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18 Texas, Robertson County, Calvert — 10906 — Former Calvert Courthouse
Most imposing public building in early Robertson County. After becoming County Seat in 1870, Calvert lost many leaders in 1873 yellow fever epidemic. As planned, this Courthouse was begun in 1875; but before its completion, Franklin was named . . . Map (db m168209) HM
19 Texas, Robertson County, Calvert — 10912 — Home Area of Chinese Farmers
Imported from Asia about 1874 to help in cotton fields, these exotic workers wore queues and attracted much notice. At least 24 families were brought here; many became permanent residents, respected for their good work. Over 25 ethnic . . . Map (db m168110) HM
20 Texas, Robertson County, Calvert — 13024 — Katy Hamman Stricker Library
In 1868, Robert Calvert and other local farmers urged the Houston & Texas Central Railroad to build through the area. The city of Calvert became an agricultural trade center and attracted new residents from other area settlements. After the turn . . . Map (db m168328) HM
21 Texas, Robertson County, Calvert — 10907 — Old Calvert Foundry and Manufacturing Company
Founded about 1870 as one of Calvert's first industries. The building is of county-made brick; iron facade came from St. Louis. Iron ore from local deposits and from Cherokee County (100 Mi. NE) was hauled here by horse-drawn wagons to be made . . . Map (db m168164) HM
22 Texas, Robertson County, Calvert — 10918 — Site of Harvey Massacre — (One Mile West)
At this site one Sunday night in November 1836, the family of John Harvey was attacked by an Indian raiding party. Harvey, his wife, and son were all killed, Mrs. Harvey's blood staining the open pages of the family Bible. Their daughter Ann, aged . . . Map (db m164650) HM
23 Texas, Robertson County, Calvert — 10947 — Sneed Memorial Methodist Church
This congregation, organized in 1869 as the Calvert Methodist Church, built its first sanctuary on this site in 1872. Among the early pastors were (1885-86) the Rev. Seth Ward, later first native Texan to be named a Methodist bishop; and (1895-99) . . . Map (db m168329) HM
24 Texas, Robertson County, Calvert — 12590 — St. Paul United Methodist Church
This congregation organized in 1872 as St. Paul Methodist Episcopal Church, North. After their first church building burned, members of St. Paul moved quickly to replace it. Using salvageable material from the old sanctuary as well as new . . . Map (db m168367) HM
25 Texas, Robertson County, Calvert — 10950 — Sterling Cemetery
Burial place of some 400 Texas pioneers and descendants. On land granted (1835) to A.J. Webb; bought in 1850 by Judge Robert Calvert, a civic leader in Sterling, a town named for Empresario Sterling C. Robertson. Calvert dedicated 11.1-acre . . . Map (db m168331) HM
26 Texas, Robertson County, Calvert — 10902 — The Barton Home
After her home north of Calvert was destroyed by fire, Minnie Walker Burnitt Barton, widow of plantation owner Francis Davis Barton, built this structure in 1909. She intended the brick home with slate roof to withstand as many natural disasters . . . Map (db m168296) HM
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27 Texas, Robertson County, Calvert — 10913 — The Church of the Epiphany
Organized June 6, 1870, by Bishop Gregg. Oldest church edifice erected in Calvert; has been used continuously since Parish was founded. Fine wood scrollwork and lancet windows compliment the Victorian architecture. Recorded Texas . . . Map (db m168294) HM
28 Texas, Robertson County, Calvert — 10897 — The Jacques Adoue Building
Relic of colorful career of Jacques Adoue (1851-1906), youngest of three French brothers who came to Texas (1860s) to become Calvert, Dallas, and Galveston business leaders. Jacques Adoue owned numerous enterprises. This store, built for Collat, . . . Map (db m168162) HM
29 Texas, Robertson County, Calvert — The Karen Renee Wiese Memorial Pavilion
In 1895 the city of Calvert built this historic pavilion to facilitate bringing the community together for outdoor concerts, dancing, political forums and other public events. In October 2000, by a resolution unanimously passed by the Calvert City . . . Map (db m168364) HM
30 Texas, Robertson County, Calvert — 10937 — The Parish Carriage House
In 1892 wealthy merchant, cotton buyer, and banker L.H. Parish (1846-1924) and his wife Mattie bought this property. Soon they erected this carriage house with ornate Victorian styling to match their home. Plans for both structures came from the . . . Map (db m168298) HM
31 Texas, Robertson County, Calvert — 10905 — Town of Calvert
Swarming ox-carts and cotton wagons, busy stores and saloons, casino tables stacked with gold: this was early Calvert, a major cotton export and trade center. Community began as "Sterling," in Sterling C. Robertson colony of the 1820s. It was . . . Map (db m168112) HM
32 Texas, Robertson County, Calvert — 10954 — Virginia Field Park
Land given to Calvert 1868 for use as a park by the Houston & Texas Central Railroad. Co. C, 4th Texas Inf. Regt., Hood's Texas Brigade, under Major Wm. Townsend, mustered nearby, 1865. Was site during Reconstruction, 1868-1873, of "Sky . . . Map (db m168297) HM
33 Texas, Robertson County, Franklin — 10924 — Franklin
This community was established in 1872 and named Morgan for a railroad official. Located on the right-of-way of the International Railway Company, the town contained a depot and three stores in its first year. By 1879, the town had 200 residents and . . . Map (db m129299) HM
34 Texas, Robertson County, Franklin — 10925 — Franklin Carnegie Library
The city of Franklin housed a library of 1,000 volumes in its City Hall before 1913. In February that year, Franklin Mayor R. M. Cole (1848-1931) applied to the Carnegie Corporation of New York for funds to build a new library. The Carnegie . . . Map (db m119605) HM
35 Texas, Robertson County, Franklin — 18765 — Old Franklin
After the Texas Revolution, Robertson County covered a vast area of 12.8 million acres from the Brazos River eastward to the Trinity River and northwest to the Cross Timbers. Situated at the southern edge of Robertson County, Franklin (later Old . . . Map (db m129298) HM
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36 Texas, Robertson County, Franklin — 16082 — Robertson County
Settled by people from Tennessee under an 1822 contract held by Sterling Clack Robertson (1785-1842), who later signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. Colony and county were named for him. County was created Dec. 14, 1837, organized March . . . Map (db m119604) HM
37 Texas, Robertson County, Franklin — 10943 — Robertson County Courthouse
Erected in 1882 at a cost of $30,000, this white limestone building is the fourth to serve as Robertson County Courthouse. In 1879 the county seat had been moved for the fifth time, to Morgan, on the International & Great Northern Railroad. But . . . Map (db m119606) HM
38 Texas, Robertson County, Hammond — 10917 — Site of Extinct Town of Hammond
Dr. Ben F. Hammond moved here from Alabama in 1853 and built a plantation home about a mile to the west. Neighbors included James Love and Robert S. McCall. Hammond Depot and Post Office were opened at this point on the Houston & Texas Central . . . Map (db m159118) HM
39 Texas, Robertson County, Hearne — 10932 — A Century of the Methodist Church — In Hearne
Methodists of Hearne organized their church in Nov. 1870 with the Rev. Horace Bishop as pastor. In 1884 the Rev. Seth Ward became pastor. A church was constructed at this location in 1885. (Later the Rev. Mr. Ward was first native Texan to be made . . . Map (db m168079) HM
40 Texas, Robertson County, Hearne — 10898 — Allen Hardware Store
Built 1872 on land purchased from International Railroad Company by Drew and Holt of Hearne. After ownerships by Jas. Ferguson, W.T. Watt, R.A. Allen and H.K. Davis, Allen bought store in 1891; was joined by son Robert. Their heirs still own and . . . Map (db m168103) HM
41 Texas, Robertson County, Hearne — 10903 — Brazos Manufacturing Company, C.S.A. — (About 6 mi. E)
Established in 1863 on a Brazos River tributary. Intended to make flour and cloth of cotton and wool. Chartered by 9th Texas Legislature in all-out effort to supply the goods necessary to Confederate victory in the Civil War. Up to now Texas had . . . Map (db m168118) HM
42 Texas, Robertson County, Hearne — 14755 — Camp Hearne World War II Prisoner of War Camp
During the Second World War, Allied troops captured large numbers of Axis soldiers and transported them to prisoner of war camps established throughout the United States. More than 70 camps in Texas housed some 50,000 prisoners. In March 1942, Herne . . . Map (db m84665) HM
43 Texas, Robertson County, Hearne — 14329 — Colored Graveyard in the Old Town of Hearne
This cemetery, now represented by a single grave, was a burial site for African American residents of the area. According to folklore, it originated as a farm or slave cemetery. The earliest known burial here dated in 1879, and residents used the . . . Map (db m168064) HM
44 Texas, Robertson County, Hearne — 10922 — First Baptist Church — Of Hearne
Organized April 18, 1869, as "Hearne Station Baptist Church", with 11 charter members. After great revivals under the Rev. "Major" Penn, and gift of a site by incorporators of Southern Pacific Railroad, a sanctuary was built in 1877. Pastor H.R. . . . Map (db m168069) HM
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45 Texas, Robertson County, Hearne — 15086 — Greater Riverside Cemetery
This cemetery has served the African-American community in Hearne and the old town of Hearne since 1894. The area was originally settled by farmers, many of whom brought slaves with them when they immigrated to Texas. Hearne, named for Christopher . . . Map (db m168105) HM
46 Texas, Robertson County, Hearne — 11755 — Norwood Cemetery
Though the oldest known grave on this site was made for Mary Stroud Bolton in 1870, the year it was deeded to the City of Hearne, stories persist that patients of the Sisters of Charity Hospital that once overlooked the cemetery were buried on . . . Map (db m168107) HM
47 Texas, Robertson County, Hearne — 10945 — St. Philips Episcopal Church
W.B. Wadsworth (1843-1916) and J.G. Wilkerson (1847-1903) moved their families to the Hearne area from Matagorda. With their help, this church was founded in 1871. It was named in honor of the Rev. J.W. Philips who preached the first sermon. This . . . Map (db m168074) HM
48 Texas, Robertson County, Hearne — 10899 — The Robert Cyrus Allen Home
Robert Cyrus Allen (1871-1933) had this Victorian residence built in 1900 as a wedding present for his bride Florence (Blair). A prominent area merchant, banker, and civic leader, Allen also served as mayor of the city and was instrumental in the . . . Map (db m168077) HM
49 Texas, Robertson County, New Baden — 11754 — New Baden
Founded by German, Prussian, and Swiss immigrants in 1881, New Baden was named for the German town of Baden-Baden. The immigrants built a central building known as the Colony House to provide lodging for families while homes were under construction. . . . Map (db m119603) HM
50 Texas, Robertson County, Skubal — 42 — Kings Highway Camino Real — Old San Antonio Road — Marker #42 — El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail —
Kings Highway Camino Real Old San Antonio Road Marked by The Daughters of The American Revolution and The State of Texas A.D. 1918Map (db m221432) HM
51 Texas, Robertson County, Wheelock — 43 — Kings Highway Camino Real — Old San Antonio Road — Marker #43 — El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail —
Kings Highway Camino Real Old San Antonio Road Marked by The Daughters of The American Revolution and The State of Texas A.D. 1918Map (db m221436) HM
52 Texas, Robertson County, Wheelock — 44 — Kings Highway Camino Real — Old San Antonio Road — Marker #44 — El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail —
Kings Highway Camino Real Old San Antonio Road Marked by The Daughters of The American Revolution and The State of Texas A.D. 1918Map (db m221438) HM
53 Texas, Robertson County, Wheelock — 10956 — Wheelock
Founded in 1833 by Colonel E. L. R. Wheelock, soldier, lawyer and educator. One of the organizers of Robertson's Colony. Captain of Texas Rangers. Died in Edwardsville, Ill, in 1846 while visiting the place of his birth.Map (db m129296) HM
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54 Texas, Robertson County, Wheelock — 11756 — Wheelock
Eleazar Louis Ripley Wheelock (1793-1847) came to Texas from Illinois in 1830. A surveyor for Robertson's Colony, he established a town on his land along the Old San Antonio Road. Named Wheelock in 1837, the town boasted twenty businesses by the . . . Map (db m129297) HM
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Sep. 29, 2023