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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Uvalde County, Texas

Clickable Map of Uvalde 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> Uvalde County, TX (67) Bandera County, TX (52) Edwards County, TX (21) Frio County, TX (11) Kinney County, TX (40) Maverick County, TX (8) Medina County, TX (84) Real County, TX (21) Zavala County, TX (8)  UvaldeCounty(67) Uvalde County (67)  BanderaCounty(52) Bandera County (52)  EdwardsCounty(21) Edwards County (21)  FrioCounty(11) Frio County (11)  KinneyCounty(40) Kinney County (40)  MaverickCounty(8) Maverick County (8)  MedinaCounty(84) Medina County (84)  RealCounty(21) Real County (21)  ZavalaCounty(8) Zavala County (8)
Uvalde is the county seat for Uvalde County
Adjacent to Uvalde County, Texas
      Bandera County (52)  
      Edwards County (21)  
      Frio County (11)  
      Kinney County (40)  
      Maverick County (8)  
      Medina County (84)  
      Real County (21)  
      Zavala County (8)  
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1 Texas, Uvalde County, Cline — 921 — Cline Community(½ mi. S. of this site)
First settler, Celeste Pingenot came to this area in 1870. He built first house on south bank of Turkey Creek, 1871. Established stagecoach stand, store and inn; named it Wallace. He was first postmaster, commissioned, 1878. Community protected . . . Map (db m79256) HM
2 Texas, Uvalde County, Concan — 14027 — Civilian Conservation Corps at Garner State Park
During the Great Depression, the Emergency Conversation Work Act created the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and produced lasting landscape and construction projects across the U.S. Through the program, millions of young men obtained meaningful . . . Map (db m234650) HM
3 Texas, Uvalde County, Concan — 600 — Saltpetre Mine, C.S.A. (6 Mi. SW)
Worked in the 1860's. Had vast deposits of bat guano, which by natural decay became saltpetre, chief ingredient of gunpowder used in the Civil War. As mixed with small parts of charcoal and sulphur, saltpetre from here powered Confederate cannon and . . . Map (db m189346) HM
4 Texas, Uvalde County, Concan — 4698 — Silver Mine Pass
Named for silver mine opened near pass by Spaniards in 1700s or earlier. Ore was inferior, and mine was abandoned; but 14 shafts (some interconnecting) remain. Near the mine are remnants of a fortification made by 30 men under the leadership of . . . Map (db m189345) HM
5 Texas, Uvalde County, Knippa — 1479 — Emmanuel Lutheran Church
This church traces its origins to 1904 when nine charter members led by the Rev. Gottlieb Langner organized a congregation in Knippa. Services were held in the homes of its members, who were served by area pastors and traveling missionaries. . . . Map (db m189373) HM
6 Texas, Uvalde County, Knippa — 2969 — Knippa Trap Rock Plant
Volcanic lava deposited here more than 60 million years ago cooled and hardened over time to form Basalt, a dark igneous rock also known as Trap Rock. M.B. (Pete) Walcott purchased acreage here about 1904 and in 1907 formed the Genevieve . . . Map (db m189369) HM
7 Texas, Uvalde County, Knippa — 5533 — Town of Knippa
Served by the Texas & New Orleans Railroad since 1882, this area was settled in 1887 by George Knippa. A freighter who worked between East Texas and Mexico, Knippa also encouraged many friends to move to the fertile land of this county. In 1899 . . . Map (db m90162) HM
8 Texas, Uvalde County, Montell — 858 — Church of the Ascension
Bishop W. B. Elliott held first Episcopal rites in Montell, 1880. Church was built with donations from friends throughout the world, under the leadership of the Rev. Richard Galbraith, who came from Ireland in 1883. The first service was held in . . . Map (db m161306) HM
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9 Texas, Uvalde County, Montell — 2134 — General John R. Baylor1822-1895
Home Town Confederate General John R. Baylor 1822-1895Born in Kentucky. Came to Texas Republic 1839. Colorful Indian fighter. In War against Cherokees 1840. Member Texas Legislature 1853. Comanche agent 1855-57. Delegate from Weatherford, . . . Map (db m52681) HM
10 Texas, Uvalde County, Montell — 3442 — Montell Methodist Church
A Methodist Church mission was established in the community of Montell in 1889. Served by missionary N. W. Keith, the congregation met in a number of locations, including a brush arbor in the summer months. A Union Sunday School was organized by . . . Map (db m161307) HM
11 Texas, Uvalde County, Montell — 3566 — Near Site of Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria Mission(Our Lady of the Feast of the Purification Mission)
Third mission under this name founded in Texas. Established near here on the Nueces River in 1762 by Franciscan missionaries for the conversion of the Indians and protection of Spanish lands. Typical of many Spanish missions in Texas, Candelaria . . . Map (db m161656) HM
12 Texas, Uvalde County, Montell — 4934 — Site of the Mission Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria
First established by Franciscan missionaries in 1749 on the San Gabriel River with the hope of civilizing and Christianizing the Coco, Mayene, Karankawa, Orcoquiza and other Indian tribes. Reestablished under the same name on the San Marcos River . . . Map (db m161660) HM
13 Texas, Uvalde County, Reagan Wells — 1288 — Dry Frio Canyon
Area's first settlers - families of Louis Bohme, Charlie Jones, Gus Heard and Laurence Pike Heard - arrived in 1875 in search of new frontiers and range lands. The first post office was called Heard, as was the first school which opened in . . . Map (db m189347) HM
14 Texas, Uvalde County, Sabinal — 721 — Captain John Coffee Hays
In this vicinity June 24, 1841, Captain John Coffee Hays and his Company of 16 Rangers assisted by thirty Mexicans under Captain Flores encountered ten Comanche Indians • Killed eight and captured the other two • None of the Rangers were killed . . . Map (db m64459) HM
15 Texas, Uvalde County, Sabinal — 15428 — First Baptist Church of Sabinal
Since 1899, First Baptist Church has served the community of Sabinal. It began as Sabinal Missionary Baptist Church with eight charter members: William J.F. and Mary Lou Millikin; C. Manco and Martha E. Cullins; Mae Holme; Monroe and Sarah V. . . . Map (db m189375) HM
16 Texas, Uvalde County, Sabinal — 4425 — Sabinal
Named by Spanish for Rio Sabina and Cypress trees along river. Town founded in 1854 by Thomas B. Hammer who operated a stage shop and was first postmaster. Despite Indian depredations, town thrived as settlers built homes, and a railroad . . . Map (db m94690) HM
17 Texas, Uvalde County, Sabinal — 4427 — Sabinal Methodist Church
This church began in 1876 as part of the Sabinal circuit assigned to the Rev. Henry T. Hill. Circuit ministers served the fellowship until 1900, when it became an organized congregation. Services were held in the Christian and Baptist church . . . Map (db m94689) HM
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18 Texas, Uvalde County, Sabinal — 4746 — Site of Camp Sabinal
Established July 12, 1856 by Captain Albert G. Brackett, Second U.S. Cavalry, as a protection to the San Antonio - El Paso Road and frontier settlers • Occupied by Federal troops until November, 1856 • Later served as a Ranger campMap (db m64460) HM
19 Texas, Uvalde County, Sabinal — The Sabinal Wait Station
There is considerable controversy concerning this unique little building. It has been known both as the “Wait” Station and the “Weight” Station. It has occupied several locations in Sabinal, making it ineligible to receive an historical plaque. . . . Map (db m195519) HM
20 Texas, Uvalde County, Utopia — 370 — Benjamin F. Highsmith
​Served in the Army of Texas, 1835-36 A ranger under Capt. John C. Hays A member of the Somervell Expedition, 1842 Born in Missouri Sept. 11, 1817 Died Nov. 20, 1905 His wife Elizabeth Turner Highsmith Born in Missouri March 22, 1836 Died . . . Map (db m155541) HM
21 Texas, Uvalde County, Utopia — 728 — Captain William Ware
​ Who commanded the Second Company of the Second Regiment of San Jacinto ·· Born in Kentucky, January 15, 1800 · Died March 9, 1853Map (db m155540) HM
22 Texas, Uvalde County, Utopia — 2843 — Jones Cemetery
In 1879, the Rev. Irvin Jones (1825-1903) deeded two acres of land on his homestead to the Utopia Methodist Church for use as a cemetery. His wife, Elizabeth, had been buried in the center of the two-acre site upon her death in 1886. Early . . . Map (db m201833) HM
23 Texas, Uvalde County, Utopia — 3800 — Old Rock Store
Utopia's first building. Erected 1873 of native rock; for R. H. Kincheloe, owner; by Joe Hastler, stonemason. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1967Map (db m155386) HM
24 Texas, Uvalde County, Utopia — 3831 — Old Waresville(1/4 Mile West)
​ First nonmilitary colony in Uvalde County, founded 1852 by Capt. William Ware, veteran of Battle of San Jacinto. Ware built first log cabin home (still standing). Other early settlers included Gideon Thompson, whose wife was first . . . Map (db m202019) HM
25 Texas, Uvalde County, Utopia — 5718 — Waresville Cemetery
​The Waresville Cemetery is one of the last reminders of the Old Waresville Settlement on the Sabinal River established by Captain William Ware (1800-1853). Ware came to Texas in 1828 and first settled in Montgomery County. He fought for . . . Map (db m155543) HM
26 Texas, Uvalde County, Utopia — 12893 — William Ware
Capt. William Ware was born in 1800 to Joseph and Elizabeth Ware in Kentucky (Georgia in some sources). In 1828, he and his wife, Ann Murphy, and their three children moved to Montgomery County, Texas. From there, Ware raised a military company in . . . Map (db m155556) HM
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27 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — 1830 - Reading Wood Black - 1867
In appreciation of 1830 - Reading Wood Black - 1867 Who came to Texas from New Jersey in 1852 and founded Uvalde in May 1855Map (db m82448) HM
28 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — Barracks for the Soldiers
Near here stood two picket barracks, 60' x 20' with thatched roofs. Built around 1850 as temporary barracks until stone barracks costing $5,000 could be built, these two dilapidated, leaky building were never replaced. Various military units were . . . Map (db m230641) HM
29 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — Brush Arbor with Tents
When federal troops reoccupied the fort following the Civil War, they found the old picket barracks were no longer standing. During the final two year that the Army used the post, the enlisted men of the 41st (black) Infantry and 9th (black) Cavalry . . . Map (db m230663) HM
30 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — 727 — Capt. William Benson
Maryland native William Benson (b. 1837) came to Texas after graduating from college as a civil engineer. After settling in Brazoria County he became a teacher. During the Civil War he commanded a cavalry regiment as one of the youngest captains . . . Map (db m111498) HM
31 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — 799 — Chalk Bluff Indian Massacre(Site One Mile West)
Here on May 29, 1861, two of southwest Texas' most feared Indian fighters were ambushed by a band of 20 hostile Indians. Henry Robinson - tall and red-bearded - was so well known to the tribes that they had painted his picture on a rock near . . . Map (db m161489) HM
32 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — Drawing of Fort Inge from this point of view
This drawing of Fort Inge was done by French artist Leon Trousset (1838-1917) on February 22, 1867, on a trip through Texas to California. Traveling on the "lower road" he made the only known drawing of Fort Inge. On his journey he also made . . . Map (db m230639) HM
33 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — 1358 — Early Texas Wagon Yards
Places of shelter for drivers, teams and wagons. Here travelers could cook bacon, eggs, beans, coffee; talk with friends and strangers. For people from the country, a wagon yard was both a hotel and a social center. Usually it was an open area . . . Map (db m64461) HM
34 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — 12256 — First Presbyterian Church of Uvalde
The Western Texas Presbytery assigned the Rev. James R. Bridges to the Uvalde field in 1881. Serving Bandera, Brackettville, Del Rio, Montell and the Nueces and Frio Canyon areas, Bridges found Uvalde and especially its surrounding areas wild . . . Map (db m111330) HM
35 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — 1991 — Fort Inge, Camp Dix, C.S.A.
A major road west from San Antonio forked in the area of these forts. One road went toward El Paso, the other to the Rio Grande at Eagle Pass. Travelers heading west put on their guns in this region, the start of hostile Indian country, troops . . . Map (db m52683) HM
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36 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — Fort Wall
This line of volcanic stones mark part of the extensive dry stacked stone wall that surrounded the fort on three sides. The wall was 570' long on the north side, 1,560' on the east and 600' on the south. No records survived that note how tall it . . . Map (db m230620) HM
37 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — 13408 — Garner Army Air Field
Established in July 1941, Garner Army Air Field was named in honor of former vice president John Nance Garner, a Texas native. Hangar Six, a private flying school owned by John Lapham of San Antonio, provided flight training conducted by civilians . . . Map (db m82447) HM
38 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — 2249 — Grand Opera House
Staged outstanding musicals, dramas. Built 1891 by local men for professional troupes. Also scene of home talent plays, some directed by Ben K. Franklin, a former actor who settled here. Programs created social stir, with lavish dress and parties. . . . Map (db m64462) HM
39 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — Honor Roll, Uvalde County
In memory of those who gave their lives in service of their country during the World War Wert Applewhite • John Roy Baylor • Reuben Barber • Thomas Mebane Barnhill • Frank Blanchette • Leslie Bounds • Sidney R. Clary • George Click • . . . Map (db m230768) WM
40 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — Hospital and Commissary
This large limestone foundation is all that remains of the most outstanding building built at Fort Inge, and one of the first large stone buildings built west of San Antonio. Constructed of limestone hauled to the site rather than of the black . . . Map (db m230629) HM
41 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — Jardin de Heroes / Garden of Heroes
Dedicado en memoria de todos los que perdieron su vida por nuestro pais English: Dedicated in memory of those who lost their lives for our countryMap (db m230615) WM
42 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — 13735 — John M. Davenport(February 8, 1827-October 28, 1859)
Stock-raiser and captain of a company of volunteer Indian fighters. Killed near here by 30 Comanches. Inquest for him was first in area for Indian victim. Settlers and soldiers from Fort Inge trailed the band 200 miles. After battle, found . . . Map (db m117850) HM
43 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — 2794 — John Nance Garner(November 22, 1868 - November 7, 1967)
Vice President of U.S. 1933-1941. Began career as Uvalde County Judge 1893-1896. Served in Texas Legislature 1898-1902; in U.S. Congress 1904-1932, where he was, in last term, Speaker of House of Representatives. Also an able trial lawyer, . . . Map (db m201863) HM
44 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — 2795 — John Nance Garner Home
Memorial to Ettie R. Garner, secretary to her husband in his long career as a statesman. John Nance Garner, born Nov. 22, 1868, was in Texas Legislature, 1898-1902; U.S. Congress, 1902-1932 (Speaker of the House in last term); Vice-President of . . . Map (db m161284) HM
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45 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — John Nance Garner House
has been designated a National Historic Landmark This site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the Unites States of AmericaMap (db m118238) HM
46 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — 2882 — Judge John Nance Garner
Honoring 97th birthday, November 22, 1965 of Judge John Nance Garner Cherished by fellow citizens of Uvalde County for his acts of leadership, philanthropy and dedication to area progress. Able trial lawyer; rancher and banker. . . . Map (db m82523) HM
47 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — 2941 — Kincaid Hotel
This four-story hotel building was constructed in 1927 by the family of William Davis "Billy" Kincaid (b. 1854) in memory of his life as a prominent Uvalde cattleman, businessman, and civic leader. The Kincaid Hotel became a popular place for . . . Map (db m64463) HM
48 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — 2946 — King Fisher(1854 -1884)
Celebrated outlaw who became a peace officer. Once undisputed ruler of a 5,000-square-mile area of Southwest Texas, centered in Eagle Pass and known as King Fisher's Territory. Son of Jobe and Lucinda Fisher, at age 17 Fisher settled on . . . Map (db m82288) HM
49 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — 2979 — L. Schwartz Company
Louis Schwartz (1840-1924), a native of Alsace-Lorraine, came to the United States in 1866. He later moved to Uvalde and sold dry goods and medicines, using a wagon to serve the surrounding area. In 1878 he established a mercantile store in a frame . . . Map (db m234649) HM
50 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — 14269 — M.J. "Jerry" Franklin(December 10, 1925 - March 25, 1961)
Born in Asherton. Served as a patrolman with Uvalde Police Department, 1958-1961. Was killed in line of duty. In his memory, a plaque was given to city by pupils of Uvalde schools. Franklin and wife Jeanne had 2 children, Patricia and William. . . . Map (db m161503) HM
51 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — 17070 — Nicolas Street School
The Nicolas Street School, built in 1938, is the only surviving school to tell the story of African-American education in Uvalde. Mrs. T.B. "Susie" Harris, who came to Uvalde to teach at the Oak Street School in 1912, was integral in the . . . Map (db m230611) HM
52 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — Operation Enduring Freedom Memorial
Here we honor those from Uvalde County who died while serving their country in the 21st Century. Army Specialist Travis A. Babbitt, Uvalde, Texas, November 9, 2004, Iraq, Operation Iraqi Freedom Army Sergeant Jeffery S. Wiekamp, . . . Map (db m230770) WM
53 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — 12258 — Original Site of Uvalde High School
Four years after Uvalde became a railroad shipping point, the people of the city built their first school building. Completed in 1885, the facility served all grade levels. The picketed structure was constructed of cedar logs and erected on . . . Map (db m111329) HM
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54 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — 3953 — Pat GarrettOne-third Mile Northeast to Homesite of
Pioneer law officer Patrick F. Garrett, renowned for killing outlaw Billy the Kid in 1881, lived in a house at this site during his residence in Uvalde. He had come from Alabama to Texas in 1869; here he worked as a farmer, cowboy, and . . . Map (db m161493) HM
55 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — Picket Quartermaster Storehouse
At this location stood a picket house 83' long by 18' wide with a porch on this side. Built sometime in the mid to late 1850's, it was later used as a store house in the 1867-1869 period. At some time during its existence it was used as a dwelling . . . Map (db m230630) HM
56 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — 15561 — Reading Wood Black(1830-1867)
On this site stood home and trading post of Reading Wood Black. Native of New Jersey, he settled in Texas, 1853, near Leona River where he was successful in many business ventures. Founded town of Uvalde; gave land for public school. Elected County . . . Map (db m234648) HM
57 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — 4209 — Reading Wood Black(Sept. 23, 1830 - Oct. 3, 1867)
A native of New Jersey, Reading Wood Black founded the town of Encino (later renamed Uvalde) in 1855. The following year he was instrumental in the formation of Uvalde County. An active civic leader and supporter of education, Black served as County . . . Map (db m161495) HM
58 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — 4256 — Rice Hotel and Saddlery
This building, constructed in 1909-10, has long been a part of Uvalde's commercial development. The first floor originally was used for ice storage and a meat market, while the upper story served as a dance hall, private club, and Grand Jury room. . . . Map (db m161490) HM
59 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — 12257 — Schwartz House
Built in 1927 as the home of Lee Schwartz, local merchant and city alderman, and his wife Agnes (Racer), this house was designed by San Antonio architect Will A. Noonan. Constructed on land formerly owned by Mrs. Schwartz's mother, the house was . . . Map (db m111331) HM
60 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — 5322 — Site of Early Settlement Known as The Ditch
Community established along waterway of Leona Irrigation and Agricultural Association, formed in 1874 by Greenville and W.B. Bowles, A.B. Dillard, Charles t. Rose, A.J. Spencer, and T.E. Taylor. Irrigation produced rich crops; many families . . . Map (db m189348) HM
61 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — 4793 — Site of Fort Inge
Established by Captain Sidney Burbank, First U.S. Infantry, on March 13, 1849. Named in honor of Lieutenant Zebulon M.P. Inge, who fell at Resaca de la Palma May 9, 1846. Protected the Southern Overland Stage mail route from Indian raids. Federal . . . Map (db m221559) HM
62 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — 5446 — The Uvalde "Leader-News"
This newspaper succeeded earlier ones: the Uvalde "Hesperian" (founded 1879), "West Texan" (1884), the Uvalde "News" (1886), and the "Leader" of 1898. Harry P. Hornby (1876-1948), an Englishman, arrived in January 1898 and in three weeks . . . Map (db m161283) HM
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63 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — 5589 — USS Uvalde
Constructed and commissioned by the U.S. Navy in 1944, the "USS Uvalde" was a C-2 type cargo ship named to honor former United States Vice-President John Nance Garner and the county of his residence. The "Uvalde" was built by the Moore Drydock . . . Map (db m161282) HM
64 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — 5619 — Uvalde County
Created 1850. Named for canyon which in turn had been named for the Spanish Army Captain Juan de Ugalde, who fought and routed Indians here in 1790. Over the years, "Ugalde" became "Uvalde". Many cattle, sheep, goats are raised; and Uvalde honey is . . . Map (db m64565) HM
65 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — 5620 — Uvalde County Courthouse
Completed in 1928, this structure replaced Uvalde County's 1890 Courthouse. The Commissioner's Court hired architect Henry T. Phelps, who had designed several other Texas courthouses, and prominent local builder M. H. Ryland to manage the . . . Map (db m64564) HM
66 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — 5621 — Uvalde Methodist Church
The Rev. Thomas Myers organized this congregation in 1856, soon after the town of Uvalde was founded. At that time, this was the Western limit of the Methodist Ministry in Texas. Early members of the Uvalde congregation included the Dillard, . . . Map (db m161492) HM
67 Texas, Uvalde County, Uvalde — Welcome to Uvalde Memorial Park
Memorial Park and this monument were originally dedicated on Armistice Day, November 11, 1927, to honor those individuals from Uvalde County who died in World War I. A plaque on the front of the monument listed names of soldiers killed in the line . . . Map (db m230773) WM
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