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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Baird
Baird, Texas and Vicinity
▶ Callahan County (44) ▶ Brown County (12) ▶ Coleman County (36) ▶ Eastland County (37) ▶ Jones County (35) ▶ Shackelford County (59) ▶ Taylor County (89)
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|Organized in 1881 with nine charter members, this church first served pioneer settlers of the Admiral community. Services were conducted in a family log cabin, under brush arbors, or in local schoolhouses until members built a sanctuary here near . . . — — Map (db m79872) HM|
Dedicated to the Veterans in
Ables, Loy C. • Bowen, James Lindy • Bowen, Ray Joe • Cargile, Thomas Ray • Davis, W.K. ★ • Eastham, J.E. ★ • Eubanks, George F. • Gibbs, George C. • Hansen, Ralph E. • Hargrove, Buel . . . — — Map (db m79871) WM|
|Planted on April 26, 2003, this oak tree is a direct offspring from the famous Treaty Oak in Austin, Texas where Stephen F. Austin is reputed to have signed the treaty establishing the boundary between the Native Americans and the first Anglo . . . — — Map (db m80851) HM|
|First official county seat of Callahan County, 1877 - 1883. The first unofficial county seat was Callahan City where the commissioners court was organized, July 30, 1877, and several civil and probate cases filed. By an invalid election, October . . . — — Map (db m79092) HM|
|Residents of the short-lived community of Belle Plaine were burying their dead at this site as early as 1878. Although the presence of unmarked graves suggests earlier possible usage, the oldest marked grave, that of sixteen-year-old Virgil Hill, . . . — — Map (db m79079) HM|
|Deed for cemetery dated Dec. 10, 1884. Texas and Pacific Railway Company conveyed through E.E. Solomon, County Judge. All of its right and title to citizens of Callahan County, nine acres, one and one half miles south of Belle Plaine for a cemetery. . . . — — Map (db m79081) HM|
|Established prior to the organization of Callahan County in 1877. Burial place of many pioneers who came here during era of Indians and great early ranches. Served people of such bygone towns as Admiral, Callahan City, and other neighboring . . . — — Map (db m79858) HM|
Formed from Bexar Territory
Created February 1, 1858
Recreated August 21, 1876
Organized July 3, 1877
Named in Honor of
James H. Callahan, 1812-1856
Soldier in the Texas Revolution
Captain of the Texas Rangers
County . . . — — Map (db m80805) HM|
|Shortly after WWII, the first official Callahan County airport opened. Baird businessmen Ralph Ashlock and Earl Johnson leased this land from William H. Hardy where two decades earlier Mr. Hardy operated a county poor farm. With help from local . . . — — Map (db m79317) HM|
|The county seat moved from Belle Plain to Baird in 1883, and a courthouse, designed by noted architect F.E. Ruffini, was built at this site. The county hired another noted architect, J. Riely Gordon, in 1900 for a larger courthouse; J.E. Flanders . . . — — Map (db m80804) HM|
Dedicated to the Memory
Of Those Men Who Gave
Their Lives in the Service
Of Their County to
Preserve Our Freedom
Sponsored by Baird
Rebekah Lodge No. 112
Mr. & Mrs. W.J. Cross
World War I
Thomas H. . . . — — Map (db m80809) WM|
This Civil War camp of the Texas Frontier Regiment was located 21 mi. southeast. Established in 1862 as one of a line of posts a days horseback ride apart. The number of men guarding the frontier were few. Trouble . . . — — Map (db m80810) HM|
|Veteran of San Jacinto • Officer in the Confederate Army • Born in Indiana, May 16, 1816 • Died at Baird, Texas, July 31, 1899 — — Map (db m80900) HM|
|Organized in 1881 with nine charter members, this was the first Baptist church founded in the new town of Baird. Elder G.P. Johnson led worship services until the Rev. L.S. Knight was called as the first full-time pastor. After meeting in the town . . . — — Map (db m80766) HM|
|Built 1878, Belle Plaine. Baird citizens paid bill for removal here, 1883, after election contest.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1965 — — Map (db m80778) HM|
|Organized June 26, 1885, by six members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, under the Rev. F.E. Leach. Town of Baird was then five years old.
In 1906, the Cumberland and “Northern” branches of the church were united.
The . . . — — Map (db m80765) HM|
|The Baird area was the mid-point of the first all weather two land highway from Savannah, Ga. to San Diego, California. The Naval Division Branch connected Washington D.C. to Norfolk, Virginia.
Named for Alabama Senator John Hollis Bankhead, . . . — — Map (db m80819) HM|
The United States
Established in 1874-1875 from Fort Griffin to Fort Concho, crossed here — — Map (db m79316) HM|
July 3, 1877
James H. Callahan
Indian Fighter — — Map (db m80820) HM|
|The Texas and Pacific Railway arrived December 4, 1880 and the town of Baird came to be. A burial ground was soon needed so 10 acres were reserved by E.H. Newton in 1881 and in 1887. Those 10 acres were deeded by James Evans Ross, thus the name . . . — — Map (db m80935) HM|
|Early college of west Texas. Founded in 1881 by Methodist Church. Enrollment reached peak of 300 and students attended from throughout the region.
College developed a superior course of study with special strength in music. It had an orchestra . . . — — Map (db m79093) HM|
|Callahan County was created in 1858 and named for Texas Ranger James H. Callahan (1814-56). Permanent settlement of this area began after the Civil War (1861-65). Residents petitioned in 1877 for organization of county government. Callahan City, . . . — — Map (db m79859) HM|
|This building was the early home of the Merchant family, who later moved to Abilene. Clabe Merchant, twin-brother of John Merchant, becoming the founder of Abilene and naming it after the town in Kansas, at the end of the cattle trail at that time. . . . — — Map (db m79090) HM|
|The Texas & Pacific Railway arrived here in 1880, platting a town near the work camp of Matthew Baird, surveyor and engineer. In 1881, the T&P built a roundhouse and immigrant house, and moved a depot building to this new railroad division point. . . . — — Map (db m80779) HM|
|The Bankhead National Highway, from Washington, D.C. to San Diego, California, was the nation’s first all-weather, coast-to-coast highway. The southern road skirted the western mountains and was largely free from ice and snow, so it could be used . . . — — Map (db m80763) HM|
|A native of Illinois, William Jeff Maltby gained fame as a frontiersman, veteran of the Mexican War and American Civil War and Texas Ranger. Maltby began his Texas exploits about 1850, building frontier forts for the U.S. Army. He retired to . . . — — Map (db m79083) HM|