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Historical Markers in Wilson County, Texas

Clickable Map of Wilson 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> Wilson County, TX (56) Atascosa County, TX (48) Bexar County, TX (609) Gonzales County, TX (90) Guadalupe County, TX (86) Karnes County, TX (33)  WilsonCounty(56) Wilson County (56)  AtascosaCounty(48) Atascosa County (48)  BexarCounty(609) Bexar County (609)  GonzalesCounty(90) Gonzales County (90)  GuadalupeCounty(86) Guadalupe County (86)  KarnesCounty(33) Karnes County (33)
Floresville is the county seat for Wilson County
Adjacent to Wilson County, Texas
      Atascosa County (48)  
      Bexar County (609)  
      Gonzales County (90)  
      Guadalupe County (86)  
      Karnes County (33)  
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1 Texas, Wilson County, Adkins — 2937 — Kicaster Community
The families of Isaac Crow, R. T. Spivey, Dr. W. R. Callaway, T. P. Camp, J. E. Watkins, Isom Ferguson, L. B. Pittman, and others began a farming settlement here in the 1860s. John James donated land for a schoolhouse (1872), where church services . . . Map (db m208001) HM
2 Texas, Wilson County, Floresville — 18638 — Camp Ranch Community
This area located west of Floresville was one of the largest ranches in the cattle-driving era. During the 1700s and 1800s, the area, being prime cattle ranch land, dominated the pre-Wilson County economy and served as a gathering point of small . . . Map (db m205711) HM
3 Texas, Wilson County, Floresville — 5269 — Capt. Will L. Wright(February 10, 1868 - March 7, 1942) — Texas Ranger and Sheriff —
A fearless, colorful, cultured man whose honesty and diplomacy often prevented bloodshed. An 1890's Wilson County Deputy Sheriff. In Frontier Battalion, Texas Rangers. Sheriff, Wilson County, 1902-1917. At request of Texas Adjutant-General, he . . . Map (db m192189) HM
4 Texas, Wilson County, Floresville — 706 — Captain Will Wright(1868-1942)
Founding officer, Co. D, Texas Rangers. Had uncles, brother, sons in Rangers and Border Patrol. Wilson County deputy sheriff, 1896-1900; sheriff, 1902-1917. While in office reared his family in the jailer's quarters. Always was armed. . . . Map (db m118698) HM
5 Texas, Wilson County, Floresville — 742 — Casa Blanca
Home of Don Erasmo Seguin who died here in 1857 By appointment of the Spanish governor he inducted Stephen F. Austin into Texas, 1821 Texas Deputy to the Mexican Congress, 1824 On October 13, 1834 in a convention in Bexar he . . . Map (db m130344) HM
6 Texas, Wilson County, Floresville — 701 — Cemetery of Canary Islanders
Predates church built 1732 by colonists who arrived 1731, led by Juan Leal Goras. They farmed and raised stock. Their villa, San Fernando, was first municipality in Texas. Among unmarked graves is that of flamboyant Dona Maria Cavillo. . . . Map (db m77412) HM
7 Texas, Wilson County, Floresville — 13915 — de la Zerda Cemetery
This cemetery, located on the high east bank of the San Antonio River, served residents of the trading community of Lodi, which declined in the 20th century. Nemencio de la Zerda, Sr., born in San Antonio in 1808, was a rancher, businessman and . . . Map (db m206866) HM
8 Texas, Wilson County, Floresville — 1555 — Fairview Methodist Church
Organized before 1876, holding services in schoolhouse until building site was given by W. F. and Jennie Mitchell and J. F. and Martha Prewitt. A small red rock meeting house was built, serving until wrecked by tropical storm in 1886. In 1891, . . . Map (db m206892) HM
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9 Texas, Wilson County, Floresville — 1631 — First Baptist Church of Floresville
This congregation was established by The Rev. John Washburn, who came to Texas from Illinois in 1877. He moved to Floresville to become superintendent of the Floresville Academy in May 1878. According to tradition, about 20 charter members attended . . . Map (db m130342) HM
10 Texas, Wilson County, Floresville — 20106 — Flores Rancho
Flores Rancho emerged out of lands assigned to Mission Espada and Rancho de las Cabras in the early 1700s. Prior to its current name, the land owned by the mission was called Chayopines, named for the Native Americans who once occupied the area. . . . Map (db m207395) HM
11 Texas, Wilson County, Floresville — 1922 — Floresville United Methodist Church
The organizational meeting for the Floresville Methodist Episcopal Church, South, was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Agee on October 25, 1875. The Rev. Ichabod Kingsbury led in the congregation's formation and served as first pastor. The six . . . Map (db m130341) HM
12 Texas, Wilson County, Floresville — 15903 — Garza-Valadez Cemetery
This burial ground is one of three that served the Old Lodi Settlement. Most of the individuals interred here were Texans of Mexican descent. The oldest known burial is of Polonio Garcia, who died in 1883, though there may be earlier interments. . . . Map (db m207401) HM
13 Texas, Wilson County, Floresville — 2717 — James Charles Wilson Reported unreadable
When this county was created in 1860 by the Eighth Texas Legislature, it was named for Texas patriot James Charles Wilson. A native of England, Wilson (1818-1861) left his homeland in 1836 and by 1839 had settled in Brazoria County, Texas. He . . . Map (db m117637) HM
14 Texas, Wilson County, Floresville — 18379 — Mackey Brick and Tile Manufacturing Company
Nelson Mackey (1825-1898), founder of Texas-based Mackey Brick Company, was born Nelson Mackey Laraway in Catskill, New York. He grew up in the Hudson Valley where the name Mackey was synonymous with brick manufacturing. After business ventures . . . Map (db m208008) HM
15 Texas, Wilson County, Floresville — 13487 — Near Site of Lodi Ferry
European settlement of this area dates to the early 18th century with the establishment of missions in San Antonio, and missions herdsmen used this area as grazing land for livestock. Until the late 19th century, travelers in this county crossed . . . Map (db m206868) HM
16 Texas, Wilson County, Floresville — 4866 — Site of Old Town: Lodi
Community in an area known by 1720 as land of the Cayopines, a Coahuiltecan Indian tribe. The site was important to Spanish missions of San Antonio, since here along the river their herds were pastured. For the herdsmen, adobe huts were built. After . . . Map (db m77421) HM
17 Texas, Wilson County, Floresville — 5335 — The Flores de Abrego Family and Floresville
The Flores de Abrego family came to the New World from northern Spain before the time of the American Revolution. During the 18th century, members of this family brought their cattle northward and established ranches along the San Antonio River. . . . Map (db m118697) HM
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18 Texas, Wilson County, Floresville — 5428 — The Site of the Mission of Las Cabreras
A ranch chapel visited regularly and maintained by the Franciscan missionaries of San Antonio near the ancient settlement of Las Islitas (now Graytown) Attended by the Canary Islanders, their descendants, Mexicans, Natives and . . . Map (db m131925) HM
19 Texas, Wilson County, Floresville — 7 — Vicinity of Site: "Mision de las Cabras"("Mission of the Goats")
A fortified visita of Mission Espada, founded 1731 in San Antonio. Situated near Paso de las Mujeres ("Crossing of the Women"), an important ford on the San Antonio River, known to most parties obliged to travel between Mexico and San Antonio. . . . Map (db m212021) HM
20 Texas, Wilson County, Floresville — 12828 — White House Café and Saloon
An important landmark in downtown Floresville, this building dates to the earliest years of the 20th century. Although records have not been found to pinpoint the exact date of construction, it was built sometime between 1902 and 1907. A 1909 . . . Map (db m130343) HM
21 Texas, Wilson County, Floresville — 5855 — Wilson County
Created February 13, 1860 Organized August 6, 1860 Named in honor of James Charles Wilson 1816 – 1861 Member of the Mier Expedition District Clerk of Brazoria County, 1844 Senator from Matagorda County Floresville, . . . Map (db m117636) HM
22 Texas, Wilson County, Floresville — 5856 — Wilson County Courthouse
Constructed in 1884, this courthouse replaced one built soon after Floresville was chosen Wilson County seat in 1871. Designed by noted San Antonio architect Alfred Giles, this Italianate structure was constructed of bricks made in a local . . . Map (db m118723) HM
23 Texas, Wilson County, Floresville — Wilson County Jail
Public Square built in 1887 Listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior Map (db m118699) HM
24 Texas, Wilson County, Kosciuszko — 12311 — St. Ann's Catholic Church
In 1880, about sixty families of Polish descent (Silesian Poles) bought the land in this sparsely settled area. After their arrival, the town became known as Kosciuszko, named after the noted Polish American hero, General Thaddeus Kosciuszko. In . . . Map (db m131924) HM
25 Texas, Wilson County, La Vernia — Alamo Survivor
Susanna Wilkerson Dickinson (ca. 1814-1883), wife of Almaron Dickinson, killed at the Alamo, survived the battle. General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna gave her a letter dated March 7, 1836 for Sam Houston in Gonzales. Susanna travelled east from . . . Map (db m167601) HM
26 Texas, Wilson County, La Vernia — 13773 — Applewhite Homestead
The family of Henry Applewhite (1630-1704), who sailed from England to Jamestown, Virginia, in 1656, remained in Virginia for several generations. Applewhite's descendant, Thomas Applewhite, was born in North Carolina in 1791 and served as a . . . Map (db m167784) HM
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27 Texas, Wilson County, La Vernia — 13572 — Beall Cemetery
Beall Cemetery, located in the Young Perry Alsbury Survey, began as a family burial ground on the farm of early settlers Erasmus (Erastus) and Elizabeth Brinkley Beall, parents of six sons and four daughters. The Beall family migrated to Texas . . . Map (db m205671) HM
28 Texas, Wilson County, La Vernia — 487 — Brahan Lodge No. 226, A.F. & A.M.
Set to work U.D. June 23, 1858. Chartered June 16, 1859. Named for Dr. Robt. W. Brahan. John Rhodes King, first Worshipful Master. Members included veterans of Texas War for Independence, Mier Expedition, Mexican War, Indian campaigns. They . . . Map (db m167780) HM
29 Texas, Wilson County, La Vernia — 13258 — Bridge at McAlister Crossing(Mueller Bridge) — (2/10 Mile Southwest) —
John Murphy McAlister (1807-1885) and his wife, Isabella (McClain) (1817-1872), settled in La Vernia with their family in the early 1850s. In 1857, they purchased several hundred acres of land on the southwest bank of Cibolo Creek. The natural . . . Map (db m167561) HM
30 Texas, Wilson County, La Vernia — 16912 — Cibolo Crossing on the Gonzales Road
During the Mexican Administration of Texas, a road connected the settlement of Gonzales in the DeWitt Colony to San Antonio de Bexar, known as the Gonzales Road approximately twenty two miles east of San Antonio, the road crossed the Cibolo Creek, . . . Map (db m167597) HM
31 Texas, Wilson County, La Vernia — Deaf Smith Oak Tree - the Next Generation
This oak tree was grown from an acorn saved from the Deaf Smith tree which stood for almost 180 years on what is now the Circle N Dairy, about 300 yards from FM 775, near the Wilson-Guadalupe County line. In 1835, high up in that tall oak, where . . . Map (db m167731) HM
32 Texas, Wilson County, La Vernia — 13555 — Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery
This cemetery traces its beginnings to the formation of Immanuel Lutheran Church of La Vernia, which began in 1901. The congregation, mostly of German descent, soon found itself in need of a cemetery. In 1902, Gustav and Bertha Schroeder donated . . . Map (db m167788) HM
33 Texas, Wilson County, La Vernia — 12469 — Immanuel Lutheran Church
German immigrants settled in the nearby New Berlin community on Elm Creek in the 1870s and founded a congregation known as Christ Lutheran Church. After the arrival of the San Antonio and Gulf Railroad in 1893, many church members moved to La . . . Map (db m167657) HM
34 Texas, Wilson County, La Vernia — 3004 — La Vernia
Established about 1846 or 1847 by Claiborne Rector, who built a stage stop and blacksmith shop here to serve travelers on the Chihuahua Road, a major trail in early Texas. Main Street today follows route of the old road. Settlement was called . . . Map (db m167673) HM
35 Texas, Wilson County, La Vernia — La Vernia United Methodist ChurchBell History
Post Oak Zion Evangelical Church organized 1885. In 1886 it's bell was dedicated. A storm destroyed the chapel in 1929. It was rebuilt in 1940. In 1946 the Evangelicals and United Brethren in Christ merged into the Evangelical United Brethren . . . Map (db m167840) HM
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36 Texas, Wilson County, La Vernia — 3005 — La Vernia United Methodist Church
Earliest services of this church were held near here, at Bethesda, in 1853 by The Rev. J.S. McGee, a circuit rider. In 1876, La Vernia Methodist Episcopal Church, South, was organized with The Rev. John E. Vernor as pastor. By tradition the . . . Map (db m167782) HM
37 Texas, Wilson County, La Vernia — 13669 — Linne Oil Field
The oil discovery in this field in 1955 was the most extensive and significant in the area. It was preceded, however, by several earlier strikes. Maple C. Hughes, a wealthy rice farmer from Louisiana, drilled the Austin Chalk formation on property . . . Map (db m167560) HM
38 Texas, Wilson County, La Vernia — 3704 — Old Chihuahua Road
Mexican cart road from central Mexico to Texas Coast at Indianola. Route of marauding Indians as well as Alsatian, German, Polish, Irish immigrants seeking freedom in New World. After 1835 was important in gold and silver exporting; in 1850s for . . . Map (db m167675) HM
39 Texas, Wilson County, La Vernia — 13806 — Polley Cemetery
Joseph Henry Polley (1795-1869) was born in Whitehall, New York to Jonathan and Rachel Hubbard Polley. He later moved to Missouri, where he was a friend of Moses Austin, with whom he traveled to Texas in 1820. The next year, he returned to Texas . . . Map (db m167557) HM
40 Texas, Wilson County, La Vernia — Rector Chapel Bell
This bell from the Rector Chapel rang for church services and community emergencies. Built in 1876, the Rector Chapel Presbyterian Church was the first Church organized in La Vernia. Originally located across the Cibolo on FM 2772 where the Rector . . . Map (db m167730) HM
41 Texas, Wilson County, La Vernia — 12714 — Rector Chapel Cemetery
William Robert Wiseman (1816-1888) was a successful farmer and owned the first cotton gin in La Vernia. William Claiborne Rector (1805-1873), a hero of San Jacinto, farmed, served as postmaster and provided horses for the local stage line. The two . . . Map (db m209260) HM
42 Texas, Wilson County, La Vernia — 13047 — Suttles Pottery
Following the Civil War, two brothers, both Union veterans, moved from Zanesville, Ohio to Texas. Isaac Suttles (c. 1840-1884), who wed Mary Ann McBride in 1866, appears in the 1870 census for Seguin, where he worked at Wilson Potteries. Records . . . Map (db m167774) HM
43 Texas, Wilson County, La Vernia — 13807 — Whitehall
Built by Joseph Polley (1795-1869), one of "Old 300" settlers of Stephen F. Austin, and the first Austin colony sheriff. From Fort Bend and Austin counties, he at last settled here, where he had cattle herds called largest in Texas. In 1847-51 he . . . Map (db m211995) HM
44 Texas, Wilson County, Saspamco — 18188 — Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church
Most of Saspamco’s early population was derived from Mexican immigrant laborers employed by the San Antonio Sewer Pipe Works Company. The laborers of the sewer pipe factory and other local residents wanted a place of worship. The land for a church . . . Map (db m208745) HM
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45 Texas, Wilson County, Stockdale — 845 — Christ United Methodist Church
Congregation organized 1871 by the Rev. R.M. Leaton, with 2 charter members. Circuit riders first held services here in a picket schoolhouse. J.R. King, early Texas settler, patriot, and state legislator, gave this site in 1876 for church. Present . . . Map (db m167392) HM
46 Texas, Wilson County, Stockdale — 2804 — John Reagen Baker(August 6, 1809 - January 19, 1904)
Adventurer-soldier of early Texas. Fought in Mexico to win freedom for the unsuccessful "Republic of Rio Grande" in 1840. Was elected sheriff of Refugio County and organized a company of minutemen. In 1842 he fought against three Mexican raids . . . Map (db m203596) HM
47 Texas, Wilson County, Stockdale — 2953 — King-Lorenz House
This home was constructed in 1898 for Robert and Rachel Emma (King) Smith. Rachel was the daughter of John R. King, an early Texas military and political leader. His descendants have owned the home since its construction, except for the years . . . Map (db m208005) HM
48 Texas, Wilson County, Stockdale — 12382 — Site of Nockenut
The community of Nockenut began in 1857, when a number of German and Polish immigrants settled in this area. Originally located in Guadalupe County, it became part of Wilson County after a boundary change in 1869. A post office opened in 1858, and . . . Map (db m207564) HM
49 Texas, Wilson County, Stockdale — 5124 — Stockdale Cemetery
Before the Stockdale Cemetery was begun in the 1870s, most burials in the area took place in private, family graveyards. About 1873, however, a young man who was not related to any of the local settlers was thrown from his horse and killed. To . . . Map (db m203487) HM
50 Texas, Wilson County, Stockdale — 1678 — The First Baptist Church of Stockdale
Stockdale Baptists organized their church in 1874 in a picket building. They met there or in a mill house or schoolhouse for years. The Rev. L.S. Cox was the first pastor. In 1885, under Pastor E. Norwood. The congregation erected its first church . . . Map (db m167393) HM
51 Texas, Wilson County, Stockdale — 5516 — Town Named for Governor F.S. Stockdale
Last governor of Confederate Texas. Legal scholar and statesman. Born in Kentucky. Admitted to the bar there. Came to Texas in the 1840s. Bought and developed extensive coastal lands. President in 1859 of the Indianola Railroad. Later Legal . . . Map (db m167394) HM
52 Texas, Wilson County, Sutherland Springs — 14192 — Barker-Huebinger Homestead
Alabama natives Emory Crawford Barker (1839-1914) and Leah Humphreys (1842-1931) both came to the area with their families in the early 1850s. Emory served in Co. G of Terry’s Texas Rangers during the Civil War. He and Leah married in 1866 and had . . . Map (db m205637) HM
53 Texas, Wilson County, Sutherland Springs — 17535 — Pat Higgins Grass Farm
Pattillo “Pat” Higgins was born in 1910 in Houston to Pattillo “Bud” Higgins, Sr. and Annie Jahn Higgins. Bud owned oil properties in Chambers and Bexar Counties and, in 1925, began to purchase land in Sutherland Springs. . . . Map (db m167547) HM
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54 Texas, Wilson County, Sutherland Springs — 5154 — Sutherland Springs
Outstanding early-day Southwest Texas Health Spa. Had 27 flavors of mineral water, from over 100 hot and cold springs. (Indians used curative waters here before white settlement.) Resort was founded in 1848 by Dr. John Sutherland (1792-1867), who . . . Map (db m167490) HM
55 Texas, Wilson County, Sutherland Springs — 17478 — Sutherland Springs Cemetery
Dr. John Sutherland (1792-1867), a native of Danville, Virginia, came to Texas in 1835. While helping the Texians prepare to defend the Alamo against the Mexican army in 1836, he suffered an accident with his horse, rendering him unable to fight. . . . Map (db m211544) HM
56 Texas, Wilson County, Sutherland Springs — 17933 — Sutherland Springs School Site
The Sutherland Springs Community was founded by Dr. John Sutherland and Joseph H. Polley in the 1850s. Both men were concerned with the need for a school in Sutherland Springs where social institutions had not yet developed. Early schools were . . . Map (db m167491) HM
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Nov. 29, 2023