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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Victoria County, Texas

Clickable Map of Victoria 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> Victoria County, TX (114) Calhoun County, TX (85) DeWitt County, TX (72) Goliad County, TX (74) Jackson County, TX (14) Lavaca County, TX (103) Refugio County, TX (31)  VictoriaCounty(114) Victoria County (114)  CalhounCounty(85) Calhoun County (85)  DeWittCounty(72) DeWitt County (72)  GoliadCounty(74) Goliad County (74)  JacksonCounty(14) Jackson County (14)  LavacaCounty(103) Lavaca County (103)  RefugioCounty(31) Refugio County (31)
Victoria is the county seat for Victoria County
Adjacent to Victoria County, Texas
      Calhoun County (85)  
      DeWitt County (72)  
      Goliad County (74)  
      Jackson County (14)  
      Lavaca County (103)  
      Refugio County (31)  
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1 Texas, Victoria County, Inez — 2020 — Fort St. Louis
Thirteen miles southeast of Inez is located the site of Fort St. Louis. First French settlement in Texas attempted by Rene Robert Cavelier Sieur de La Salle in 1685. Devastated by the Karankawa Indians, burned by members of the Alonso de Leon . . . Map (db m95346) HM
2 Texas, Victoria County, Inez — 6564 — St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery
A Catholic church and cemetery were established after 1873 at Gazeta (then 1.5 Mi. W) on one acre of land deeded by parishioner Frank Garvel(1837-1921). In 1889 the congregation moved to the new railroad town of Inez, reconstructed their church . . . Map (db m192535) HM
3 Texas, Victoria County, Inez — 6565 — St. Joseph Catholic Church
A group of Polish immigrants from Upper Silesia (Prussian-occupied Poland) moved to this area in 1858, after a brief settlement in Karnes County. Here the prairies could be plowed and oaks could be felled for building shelter. They called their . . . Map (db m192538) HM
4 Texas, Victoria County, Inez — 13870 — Victoria County
Inhabited briefly by adventurer Cabeza de Vaca in 1530's and French explorer La Salle in 1680's. Site of 1720 Mission Espiritu Santo de Zuniga. Mission friars, sent here to Christianize and civilize the Karankawa Indians, laid foundation for the . . . Map (db m192444) HM
5 Texas, Victoria County, McFaddin — 6552 — Infant Jesus of Prague Catholic Church
Built through the generosity of James A. and A.M. McFaddin in 1916, this church began as a mission of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Victoria. It was established to serve Catholics in the Marianna (later McFaddin) community, including workers on . . . Map (db m166432) HM
6 Texas, Victoria County, McFaddin — 3290 — McFaddin Mercantile
The St. Louis, Brownsville,and Mexico Railroad built a line thorugh the McFaddin Ranch about 1900. The ranch settlement, temporarily renamed Marianna by the railroad, soon boasted a depot, post office, church, school, and several businesses, . . . Map (db m166428) HM
7 Texas, Victoria County, McFaddin — 3291 — McFaddin Post Office
The McFaddin Ranch settlement was renamed Marianna in 1906 by the St. Louis, Brownsville, & Mexico Railroad. A post office, opened in the Marberry and Stubblefield General Store in 1907, moved to the McFaddin Mercantile in 1911, and to this . . . Map (db m166431) HM
8 Texas, Victoria County, Nursery — 13954 — Gilbert Onderdonk and Nursery, Texas
Pioneer horticulturist Gilbert Onderdonk (1829-1920) exhibited early talent in his native New York, developing new varieties of potatoes that earned him recognition when he was still a teenager. After graduating from the New York State Normal School . . . Map (db m192582) HM
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9 Texas, Victoria County, Nursery — 3539 — Murphy Home
Built 1897 combining southern plantation and New England Saltbox styles of architecture. Home of prominent Nursery citizens R. S. Fowler, John M. Horton, E.S. Jennings, Louie Carpenter, and for many years, W.M Murphy, Sr.Map (db m208167) HM
10 Texas, Victoria County, Nursery — 20178 — Nursery School and Nursery Independent School District
The Nursery community was established in 1883, named for Gilbert Onderdonk's site for growing trees and plants. A post office opened the following year, and the first public school for the community was a two-room building located on the Kyle Ranch . . . Map (db m192581) HM
11 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6576 — 1892 Victoria County Courthouse
When Don Martín de Leon platted the original townsite of Guadalupe Victoria in 1824, he designated public squares, including one that would later be shared by city and county governments for many years. Victoria County built its first courthouse, a . . . Map (db m95356) HM
12 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 13906 — 201st Fighter Squadron, Mexican Expeditionary Air Force (the Aztec Eagles)
Following the 1941 Japanese attack on U.S. Forces at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, during World War II, the nation of Mexico severed diplomatic relations with the Axis powers (Japan, Germany, Italy). In May 1942, German U-boats sank several of the country's . . . Map (db m192523) HM
13 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6100 — Abraham Levi House
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14 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6538 — Agapito De Leon(1808-1836) — Pioneer Colony Developer and Texas Patriot —
Born in Texas; fourth son of empresario Don Martín de Leon, founder of De Leon Colony and city of Victoria. Agapito de Leon was active in the colony's affairs, a Texas patriot during the War for Independence from Mexico, a skilled Indian fighter, . . . Map (db m95852) HM
15 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6103 — Alexander Lowe House
1883 home of Alexander Lowe, veteran of Mexican War, mayor, businessman, wheelwright, pioneer in refrigerated shipping. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1965Map (db m205623) HM
16 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6581 — B. F. Williams House
Victoria businessman, mayor and state legislator Benjamin F. Williams (1846-1916) built this home for his family in 1909. Designed by local architect Jules Leffland, the Classical Revival home features two-story front Ionic columns complemented by . . . Map (db m205636) HM
17 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 537 — Brownson's Bank
John Milton Brownson (1836-1906), a Confederate veteran of the Civil War who grew up in nearby DeWitt County, moved to Victoria in 1866 and opened a grocery store. In 1867 he founded Brownson's Bank, the first banking establishment in Victoria. . . . Map (db m192462) HM
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18 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 635 — Callender Home
Built by Dr. Stephen Cocke as hunting lodge on Green Lake; of hand-hewn pine lumber bought in New York. In 1854 lodge was torn down, boards numbered; then rebuilt on present site. Since 1871 home of pioneer lawyer William L. Callender and . . . Map (db m211973) HM
19 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 12275 — Camp Henry E. McCullough
At the suggestion of Confederate Col. Henry McCullough, an area near this site north of Victoria, known as Nuner's Mott, was selected for the establishment of a military training camp in 1861. Troops from Bell, Bexar, Calhoun, DeWitt, Gonzales, . . . Map (db m54305) HM
20 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 12948 — Camp Victoria
Although the town of Victoria had been established in 1824, it was all but abandoned during the Texas Revolution in 1836, as settlers fled east during the Runaway Scrape. After the Revolution's successful close at the Battle of San Jacinto on April . . . Map (db m192583) HM
21 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 12272 — Coletoville Cemetery
When an epidemic of diphtheria hit the German settlement of Steinerville, established in 1849, two of August and Thekla Spitzer's children died. Ten-year-old Henry and six-year-old Robert were buried by their parents in 1872 on this site. In May . . . Map (db m206760) HM
22 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — Confederate Veterans Memorial
To the Soldiers of the Confederate States of America This Monument is dedicated by the William P. Rogers Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Victoria, Texas June the Third A.D. Nineteen Hundred and Twelve On Civilization's . . . Map (db m192454) WM
23 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 12273 — De Leon Plaza
Originally called "Plaza de la Constitución" by Martin de Leon, the founder of Victoria, this square was included as part of an early 1830s survey of Victoria by Jose M. Carbajal, son-in-law of De Leon. Carbajal's survey expanded on the founder's . . . Map (db m95352) HM
24 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6542 — Don Martin de León
Founder of Victoria. Empresario of colonial grant from Mexico in 1824. Spanish cavalier, Indian fighter. First cattle baron of Texas. Born in Burgos, Tamaulipas, Mexico in 1765. Died in Victoria in 1833. R.I.P.Map (db m95674) HM
25 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6539 — Doña Patricia de la Garza de Leon(1775-1849) — Pioneer Colony Co-Founder and Texas Patriot —
Came from Tamaulipas to Texas (then northernmost province of Mexico) about 1800, to be at the side of her husband, Don Martin de Leon, as he sought to obtain a Spanish grant to establish a civilized colony here. With her family of ten children, she . . . Map (db m95678) HM
26 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6545 — Evergreen CemeteryOf Victoria
The first community cemetery in Victoria, located at present day Memorial Square, was unpopular with local citizens. They preferred home burials despite an 1846 city ordinance prohibiting the practice. In 1849 John McCrabb bought 27 acres of a tract . . . Map (db m192594) HM
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27 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 15723 — F.W. Gross High School
Education of Victoria's African American schoolchildren began during Reconstruction; a Freedman's School on East Convent Street is referenced in an 1868 deed. By 1875, three of the city's ten schools served African American pupils. Prof. Frederick . . . Map (db m192405) HM
28 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6540 — Felix de Leon(1806-1850) — Pioneer Colony Developer and Texas Patriot —
Born in Texas; third son of the Empresario Don Martin de Leon, founder of De Leon Colony and City of Victoria. Felix de Leon was held hostage on a pirate ship about 1822, to force his father to comply with buccaneer demands. Later he became active . . . Map (db m95814) HM
29 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6541 — Fernando de Leon(1798-1853) — Pioneer Colony Developer and Texas Patriot —
Eldest son of empresario Martin de Leon. Came with parents from interior of Mexico to Texas, the northermost province, about 1800. Worked with his fathter in founding De Leon Colony and city of Victoria in 1820s. He was a commissioner of the colony . . . Map (db m95700) HM
30 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 13868 — First Baptist Church of Victoria
On May 15, 1852, eight men and women, including a slave, joined together to organize the First Baptist Church of Victoria. That evening they elected the Rev. D.B. Morrall as pastor, and he performed the first baptismal service the following . . . Map (db m206903) HM
31 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 17590 — First English Evangelical Lutheran Church
As early as 1846, German residents of Victoria met in private homes to read scripture and worship. A Lutheran congregation was organized on December 14, 1851, the first in Victoria County. For sixty years, the congregation flourished with all . . . Map (db m206935) HM
32 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 1849 — First Presbyterian Church of Victoria
One of the oldest church congregations in Victoria, the First Presbyterian Church was organized on October 2, 1841, by the Rev. William C. Blair and eight charter members. The first house of worship was built in the 1840s across from DeLeon Plaza. . . . Map (db m192602) HM
33 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 1897 — First United Methodist Church of Victoria
When Victoria was settled in 1824, Texas was part of Mexico and there were no Protestant churches. Itinerant Methodist ministers began to visit this area soon after Texas won independence in 1836. The Rev.Jesse Hord (1808-86), a missionary sent to . . . Map (db m207392) HM
34 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6258 — Fleming-Welder House
Local rancher and postmaster Edward R. Fleming and his wife Lillian (Mueller) hired B. F. Williams to build this house about 1911. Charles and Wilhemina Grunder purchased the property in 1919, and sold it to Eliza Hughes Welder in 1936. Mrs. . . . Map (db m141749) HM
35 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6547 — Fossati's Delicatessen
In 1882, Italian immigrant Fraschio ("Frank") N. Fossati (1852-1939) opened his first delicatessen in Victoria at Juan Linn and Main streets. He had this building constructed in 1895 and moved the business to this site. One of the oldest remaining . . . Map (db m192496) HM
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36 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 14652 — Foster Army Air Field
Prior to World War II, in an effort to match the powerful air armadas of the Axis nations, the U.S. Army Air Corps (later U.S. Army Air Forces) rapidly increased its number of training installations throughout the country. The city of Victoria . . . Map (db m192514) HM
37 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — Foster Field1941-1958 — Victoria Trail Through Time —
Foster Field forever altered Victoria. Originally known as Victoria Field, Foster Field obtained its official designation on January 15th, 1942. The name memorialized 1st Lieutenant Arthur L. Foster, who was killed in a crash at Brooks . . . Map (db m192534) HM
38 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — Foster Field Memorial
At This Site of the Former Foster Field Officer's Club The Military Honor Garden Honors The Courageous Men and Women in the Armed Forces of United States of America For Their Sacrifices and Dedication to Defend the Freedom of Our . . . Map (db m192532) WM
39 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 15994 — Friedrich & Margaretha Hiller House
Friedrich and Margaretha (Beck) Hiller immigrated to Texas from Württemberg, Germany circa 1851. Friedrich was listed as one of the founders of Victoria's German Lutheran Church founded in December of that year. Hiller began purchasing land in the . . . Map (db m192610) HM
40 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 13034 — Goldman Ginnery
Adolph Goldman was born in Bremen, Germany in July 1836. At age seventeen, in 1853, he immigrated to New York City, where he worked as a clerk. He moved to New Orleans four years later and then to Goliad, Texas in 1859. There, he found work in a . . . Map (db m207760) HM
41 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6549 — Guadalupe River
Discovered in this vicinity on April 14, 1689 by Alonso de León. Named in honor of "Our Lady of Guadalupe" patron saint of Mexico. Here at a ford, used since Indian days, Empresario Martín de León founded the town of Victoria in 1824.Map (db m95358) HM
42 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 2407 — Hauschild Opera House
German native George Herman Hauschild (1839-1911) came to Victoria shortly after his marriage to Adele Luder in 1866. A prominent pioneer businessman, Hauschild opened an opera house here in 1894. The theatre, which occupied the top two floors, . . . Map (db m192449) HM
43 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 2437 — Henderson House
A native of Arkansas, John W. Henderson (1864-1947) became a prominent local businessman through his insurance company and his interests in ranching, farming and real estate. In 1909 he and his wife Minna Catherine (James) purchased this property. . . . Map (db m207814) HM
44 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6551 — Hill-O'Connor-Howard House
This two-story brick residence was constructed in 1898-99 for attorney Joe L. Hill. In 1905 it was sold to Mary V. O'Connor, widow of prominent Victoria rancher Dennis O'Connor. During her family's ownership, the house was occupied by George . . . Map (db m207815) HM
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45 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6555 — Home County of William Pinckney McLean
A victoria lawyer. Elected from this county, 1861, to state legislature. In U.S. Congress, 1872-1874. Appointed by Gov. James S. Hogg to newly-formed commission, created to regulate shipping rates and practices. In his term, 1891-1895, . . . Map (db m192475) HM
46 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6543 — Home of Empresario Martín de León
This marker faces the site (across the street) of the home of empresario Martín de León Born at Burgos, Mexico, 1765. Appointed Captain in the Spanish Army, 1790, for bravery displayed in Indian fighting. Received a grant in 1824 to . . . Map (db m96286) HM
47 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6536 — In Memory of Edward Conrad
Born in Pennsylvania in 1810 Came to Texas in 1835 A signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence March 2, 1836 Died in Victoria July 13, 1836 while an officer in the Army of the Republic of TexasMap (db m241011) HM
48 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 16919 — J. Meredith Tatton House
J. Meredith Tatton (1901-1970), conservationist, composer, cattleman, and writer, was born in Leek, Staffordshire, England. In 1930, Tatton came to Texas and married Victoria native Virginia Drake Hallinan (1901-1993), a great-granddaughter of . . . Map (db m141760) HM
49 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6548 — Jacob Fox House
This home was constructed in the early 1890s for Jacob Fox (1841-1914), a native of Alsace who earlier had built a cotton gin and grist mill on this block. A Confederate veteran, Fox was known in Victoria as a successful businessman, farmer, . . . Map (db m207847) HM
50 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6554 — James A. McFaddin Home
Built 1890 of Florida pine and cypress; typical Victorian style. Home of James A. McFaddin (1840-1916), loyal citizen of Texas Republic and pioneer stockman. He married Margaret Virginia Coward in 1861 and served as an officer in the Confederate . . . Map (db m207851) HM
51 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 13496 — Joe F. and Amelia Jecker House
After Republic of Texas President Sam Houston granted the original land to the town of Victoria in December 1841, the Rev. William C. Blair bought several parcels of land in the community, including this one. Blair came from Natchez, Mississippi in . . . Map (db m192452) HM
52 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6582 — John Howland Wood(Sept. 6, 1816 - Jan. 16, 1904)
Born in New York, John Howland Wood came to Texas in 1836 and fought in the Texas Revolution. After serving as quartermaster with the Texas Army in Victoria, he settled on a ranch at Black Point (now Bayside) in the 1840s. Wood supplied beef to . . . Map (db m192588) HM
53 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6101 — John J. Linn
One of De Leon's colonists. Merchant, alcalde, mayor. Member of the Congress of the Republic of Texas. Born in Ireland June 19, 1798. Died in Victoria October 28, 1885. R.I.P.Map (db m96514) HM
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54 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6574 — John Van Bibber
Served in the Texas War for Independence; escaped the Goliad Massacre, 1836.Map (db m207918) HM WM
55 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — José María Jesús Carvajal1809-1872 — Victoria Trail Through Time —
José María Jesús Carvajal was the surveyor of Victoria's first plat. He was born in 1809, directly descended from the original Canary Islanders who settled San Antonio in the 18th Century. Carvajal was a protégé of Stephen F. Austin, who . . . Map (db m192495) HM
56 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — La Calle de los Diez Amigos1835 — Victoria Trail Through Time —
The Street of Ten Friends When Martin De Leon was granted his Empresario contract in 1824 he understood that there was much work to be done. For many years, he had laid the groundwork that was necessary to attain his land grant on the . . . Map (db m192684) HM
57 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 17891 — Lorenzo Dow Heaton House
The Lorenzo Dow Heaton House is located across the street from what was once Market Square. Lorenzo D. Heaton was born in 1839 in New York and came to Texas at the age of fifteen. His older brother, John, operated a drug store in Port Lavaca and . . . Map (db m192510) HM
58 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — Margaret Wright "The Mother of Texas"1789-1878 — Victoria Trail Through Time —
Theresa Robertson Wright, Texas pioneer and patriot, was born in New Orleans in 1789, reputedly of a French mother and an English father. After a marriage and life in Louisiana, her husband died in 1826 or 1827. She settled in De León's . . . Map (db m192673) HM
59 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 3306 — McNamara House
Built 1870's by W.J. McNamara, town council member and dealer in cotton, wool, hides. Rural Victorian Gothic architecture. Donated by McNamara- O'Connor family in 1959. Restored as Historical and Fine Arts Museum.Map (db m208012) HM
60 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — Memorial SquareEst. 1824 — Victoria Trail Through Time —
Many Victoria pioneers were laid to rest here. Early Spanish colonization requirements dictated that land be set aside as public burial grounds. However, the tradition of home burial persisted and the "Old Cemetery", now Memorial Square, . . . Map (db m192722) HM
61 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 3327 — Memorial Square
Once the oldest public burial ground in Victoria, this square was laid out in 1824 when Martin de Leon founded the town, then located in the Mexican state of "Coahuila and Texas". In early years the cemetery included the block to the east, and many . . . Map (db m192718) HM
62 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 12276 — Mission Espíritu Santo Cattle Ranch
Traditionally recognized as the first great cattle ranch in Texas, Espíritu Santo Ranch traces its history to the Spanish Mission of Nuestra Senõra del Espíritu Santo de Zúniga, established on Garcitas Creek in present Jackson County in 1722. It . . . Map (db m208015) HM
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63 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — Mitchell SchoolEst. 1902 — Victoria Trail Through Time —
In 1902, the building was completed and named Central High School. In 1899 the Victoria Independent School District began the search for a location to build a new school. The block they chose, however, was the site of Victoria's first . . . Map (db m192715) HM
64 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 3424 — Mitchell School
The citizens of Victoria voted to establish an independent school district in an 1898 election. Immediate plans called for the building of eight schools: four for Anglos and four for African Americans. In 1901 school trustees hired prominent local . . . Map (db m192716) HM
65 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 3497 — Mount Salem American Baptist Church
In 1872 this church was organized in Indianola by 25 charter members as the Mount Salem American Baptist Free Mission Church. Two major hurricanes struck the gulf coast in 1875 and 1886 and destroyed the Mount Salem Church building. In 1886 the . . . Map (db m208118) HM
66 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 3534 — Mundt Place
Constructed 1871 as the Continental Hotel which operated until 1897. Bought by Prof. O.E.H. Mundt. Served as classroom building for his school, founded in 1893. School operated until 1904. In 1946, purchased from Mundt family by Post 4146, . . . Map (db m192491) HM
67 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 15995 — Murphy Ranch
Mexican Empresario Don Martin de León received permission in 1824 from Mexican authorities to establish a colony bearing his name between the Lavaca and Lower Guadalupe Rivers and Coleto Creek, on the former lands of the Spanish mission, Nuestra . . . Map (db m208168) HM
68 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 3629 — O'Connor-Proctor Building
Constructed in 1895, this 2-story commercial building was designed by Cuero Architect Paul Helwig. It housed the offices of rancher Thomas M. O'Connor, a leading area businessman, and the legal firm of brothers Venable B. and Fred C. Proctor. It was . . . Map (db m192453) HM
69 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6546 — Old Federal Building
This Italian Renaissance Revival building was constructed in 1911-13 to serve as the United States Post Office and Federal Courthouse. Otto P. Kroeger and Company of San Antonio was the contractor, and James Knox Taylor served as the supervising . . . Map (db m134482) HM
70 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6550 — Old L.D. Heaton Home
Built in 1887. Architecture is Southern Colonial, with lofty porch pillars and Georgian front entrance. Original owner was in a prominent firm, J.C.Heaton & Brothers, druggists here and Cuero.Map (db m208203) HM
71 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — Old La Bahia Road
This Louisiana trade route, a branch of Camino Real, connected New Spain, San Antonio, and Louisiana and was a major Spanish Colonial Trail after 1757, before Anglo American settlement in the 1820's. By 1749, the Spanish mission north of Victoria . . . Map (db m192617) HM
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72 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6557 — Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
In 1872 the Rev. Jean Baptiste Teitien was appointed as an assistant pastor at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Victoria. There he realized the need for a separate parish to serve the area's German-speaking community. He received permission to begin a . . . Map (db m192447) HM
73 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 3916 — Palestine Missionary Baptist Church
Twenty-one former slaves gathered together at the corner of Convent and Depot streets on June 27, 1868, and formally organized the first Colored Baptist Church in Victoria County. It was renamed Palestine Missionary Baptist Church on September 11, . . . Map (db m192417) HM
74 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 12277 — Pela House
Conservatively Greek Revival in its distinct bays, its center passage, pedimented windows, and columns, the Pela House was erected in 1884. Then-modern Victorian elements such as unusual geometric railings on a two-tiered porch make this house a . . . Map (db m208746) HM
75 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 4122 — Peter Underhay Pridham(1812-July 3, 1853)
Born on the Isle of Guernsey, Great Britain; moved to London at an early age. After marriage, he emigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1832. Came to Texas in 1834, and settled on the San Jacinto River. Joined the Texas volunteers and fought in Battle . . . Map (db m213761) HM
76 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6558 — Phillips-Sale House
New York native Alexander Hamilton Phillips (1804-1880) moved to Texas in 1837. He served in both the Congress of the Republic of Texas and the Legislature of the State of Texas. He moved his law practice to Victoria in the 1840s, and in 1851 . . . Map (db m142308) HM
77 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 13867 — Power Home
Built in 1894 for Edward Power, significant for its columns, wide porches, wood trim. Given in 1960 by Mrs. James Power, to the Daughters of the American Revolution, Daughters of the Republic of Texas, United Daughters of the Confederacy.Map (db m208758) HM
78 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — Presidio La Bahia and Mission Espíritu SantoSecond Site of Mission Nuestra Senora del Espíritu Santo de Zuniga
The arrival of Frenchman Rene Robert Cavalier, Sieur de La Salle, on Garcitas Creek in 1685 marks the establishment of the first European settlement in Texas. Within four years though, all of La Salle’s settlers were either dead or scattered. Word . . . Map (db m139178) HM
79 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 4129 — Proctor House
A native of Victoria County, Venable Bland Proctor (1862-1936) joined his father's law firm in nearby DeWitt County in 1887. Proctor moved to Victoria in 1898 and purchased this piece of property in 1900. He soon had this Colonial Revival style . . . Map (db m209257) HM
80 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 14659 — Proctor-Vandenberge House
Landmark of famous 1840 Indian raid, when Hamilton Ledbetter, builder of the first part of the house, fought Comanches, and is family escaped death by flight. Size and style of the house have been greatly enhanced by later owners: Judge A. H. . . . Map (db m201884) HM
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81 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 4234 — Regan House
Dominick H. Regan (1842-1927) was an Irish immigrant, Union Civil War veteran, and merchant in Corpus Christi and Indianola. He married Mary Hogan (d. 1894) and they became the parents of 13 children. Regan expanded his general stores to Victoria, . . . Map (db m95351) HM
82 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 13050 — Robert H. and Pauline Clark House
Pennsylvania native Robert Clark (1818-1910) moved to Mississippi as a young man. A veteran of the Mexican War, in which he was severely wounded, he later moved to Brownsville and entered into a successful partnership with Charles Stillman. The . . . Map (db m209268) HM
83 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 17973 — Robert L. Dabney House
Built in the late Victorian architectural style in 1897, this house was built for Robert Lewis Dabney (1820-1898) and Margaret Lavinia Morrison (d.1908). Rev. Dabney was a Presbyterian theologian, teacher, author and confederate veteran. In 1862, . . . Map (db m209269) HM
84 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6580 — Robert S. WeisigerFeb. 25, 1876-Jan. 19, 1950
Became Deputy Sheriff of Victoria County at 19; served as County Sheriff 1906-1920, 1928-1936. In early days he rode horseback to carry out duties. Brought suspects to trial in all major crimes of area. Helped quell 1917 riot of Camp Logan . . . Map (db m210839) HM
85 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — Round Top House and the Great Comanche Raid1840 — Victoria Trail Through Time —
The Comanche were at the peak of their power as horse soldiers in the 1840s. The Great Comanche war chief Buffalo Hump led a war party numbering between 400 and 700 warriors down the Guadalupe River Valley, arriving in Victoria on August . . . Map (db m192513) HM
86 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6579 — Sidney Roper Weisiger(November 29, 1906-May 23, 1975)
Born to a pioneer Victoria County family, Sidney R. Weisiger grew up with stories of the area's early history. After a term as county sheriff and naval service during World War II, he devoted the last years of his life to preserving Victoria's . . . Map (db m211073) HM
87 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6544 — Silvestre de Leon(1802-1842) — Pioneer Colony Developer and Texas Patriot —
Son of the Empresario Martín de Leon, founder of the De Leon Colony and City of Victoria. Silvestre de Leon was active in the Catholic church, served as alcalde of Victoria, and had other commissions. An Indian fighter and soldier, he was taken . . . Map (db m95756) HM WM
88 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6563 — Site of Round Top House
This marker faces the site (across the street) of Round Top House The Citadel of Victoria. Built before the year 1836 by Placido Benavides, son-in-law of Martín de León. The house served as a place of refuge for the citizens of . . . Map (db m134469) HM
89 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6568 — Site of Southern Pacific Railroad Depot
The coming of the railroad to Victoria was an important part of the town's economic and social history. Although the first line reached Victoria by 1860, the railroad's major impact came after the end of the Civil War. In 1882, the proposed New . . . Map (db m192410) HM
90 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6577 — Site of Victoria's First Church
This marker faces the site (across the street) of Victoria's First Church Erected by Martin De Leon, founder of Victoria, soon after his arrival in October, 1824. Priests serving there were Rev. Fathers Jose Miguel Muro, Jose Antonio . . . Map (db m134488) HM
91 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6566 — St. Mary's Church, Catholic
Present church built 1903-1904. Third building used by this congregation as a church since the colonization of Victoria in 1824 by Don Martin de Leon. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark-1965Map (db m134486) HM
92 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — Steamboating and the Guadalupe River1850 — Victoria Trail Through Time —
From the beginning of human habitation, the Guadalupe River from Victoria to the coast was used by various watercraft. Despite being declared "un-navigable" due to log jams and debris, there is evidence that steamboats had made the trip . . . Map (db m192644) HM
93 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6559 — Texas Soldiers and Pioneer Memorial
To the Memory of Texas Soldiers and Victoria Pioneer Families Who Still Lie Buried in This Sacred Soil Map (db m192720) WM
94 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6575 — The "Victoria Advocate"
The second oldest newspaper in continuous operation in Texas, the "Victoria Advocate" began as the weekly "Texan Advocate" in 1846. The first issue was published on May 8, 1846, the same day as the Battle of Palo Alto, first battle in the Mexican . . . Map (db m192440) HM
95 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 5898 — The Woodhouse Home
Harry G. Woodhouse (1865-1918), a former conductor with Southern Pacific Railway, completed this house for his family in 1910. While living in Victoria, he became a successful farmer and served several terms on the city council. Interesting . . . Map (db m211724) HM
96 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6102 — This Marker Faces the Homesite of John Joseph Linn(Across the Street)
Merchant, soldier, statesman, historian • Born in Ireland, October 25, 1798 • Last alcalde and first mayor of Victoria • Member of the General Council, Provisional Government of Texas, 1835 • Member of the first Congress of Texas • Died here, 1885 • . . . Map (db m241012) HM
97 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6571 — Thurmond Building
C.L. Thurmond, Jr. constructed this building in 1898 for use as a general mercantile store and residence. It is similar to other structures built here before the 1900s, when Bridge Street was a major commercial center of Victoria. The business . . . Map (db m192396) HM
98 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6572 — Tonkawa BankVisita of Mission Espiritu Santo
Campsite for Franciscans from Mission Espiritu Santo (La Bahia) bringing Christian teachings to Indians associated with Mission. Tonkawas and other tribes were in locality when first visited by the Spaniards, 1689. Indians were sought as converts . . . Map (db m75076) HM
99 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6572 — Tonkawa Bank
Reports of a French settlement somewhere in Texas sent a shockwave through New Spain. Eleven expeditions by land and sea were launched to find La Salle's settlement and destroy it. On April 22, 1689, Spanish governor General Alonso de Leon and his . . . Map (db m139177) HM
100 Texas, Victoria County, Victoria — 6573 — Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church
German immigrants of the Victoria area began holding Lutheran worship services in private homes as early as the 1840s. The organizational meeting for this church, the first Lutheran congregation in the county, was conducted on December 14, 1851. . . . Map (db m192442) HM

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