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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Baird, Texas

Clickable Map of Callahan 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> Callahan County, TX (44) Brown County, TX (14) Coleman County, TX (36) Eastland County, TX (46) Jones County, TX (35) Shackelford County, TX (59) Taylor County, TX (89)  CallahanCounty(44) Callahan County (44)  BrownCounty(14) Brown County (14)  ColemanCounty(36) Coleman County (36)  EastlandCounty(46) Eastland County (46)  JonesCounty(35) Jones County (35)  ShackelfordCounty(59) Shackelford County (59)  TaylorCounty(89) Taylor County (89)
Baird is the county seat for Callahan County
Baird is in Callahan County
      Callahan County (44)  
      Brown County (14)  
      Coleman County (36)  
      Eastland County (46)  
      Jones County (35)  
      Shackelford County (59)  
      Taylor County (89)  
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1Texas (Callahan County), Baird — 88 — Admiral Baptist Church
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
2Texas (Callahan County), Baird — Admiral Cemetery Veterans Memorial
Dedicated to the Veterans in Admiral Cemetery 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
3Texas (Callahan County), Baird — Baby Treaty Oak
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
4Texas (Callahan County), Baird — 360 — Belle Plain
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
5Texas (Callahan County), Baird — Belle Plaine Cemetery
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
6Texas (Callahan County), Baird — 361 — Belle Plaine Cemetery
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
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7Texas (Callahan County), Baird — 633 — Callahan City Cemetery
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
8Texas (Callahan County), Baird — 634 — Callahan County
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
9Texas (Callahan County), Baird — Callahan County Airport
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
10Texas (Callahan County), Baird — 13799 — Callahan County Courthouse
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
11Texas (Callahan County), Baird — Callahan County War Memorial
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 Erected by Mr. & Mrs. W.J. Cross World War I Thomas H. . . . Map (db m80809) WM
12Texas (Callahan County), Baird — 670 — Camp Pecan C.S.A. / Texas Civil War Frontier Defense
Camp Pecan C.S.A. 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
13Texas (Callahan County), Baird — 709 — Captain Andrew Jackson Berry
Veteran of San Jacinto • Officer in the Confederate Army • Born in Indiana, May 16, 1816 • Died at Baird, Texas, July 31, 1899Map (db m80900) HM
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14Texas (Callahan County), Baird — 1610 — First Baptist Church of Baird
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
15Texas (Callahan County), Baird — 1694 — First Callahan Jail
Built 1878, Belle Plaine. Baird citizens paid bill for removal here, 1883, after election contest. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1965Map (db m80778) HM
16Texas (Callahan County), Baird — 1827 — First Presbyterian Church of Baird
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
17Texas (Callahan County), Baird — Historic National Bankhead HighwayEst. 1924
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
18Texas (Callahan County), Baird — 3378 — Military Telegraph Line
The United States Military Telegraph Line Established in 1874-1875 from Fort Griffin to Fort Concho, crossed hereMap (db m79316) HM
19Texas (Callahan County), Baird — Pioneers
County Organized July 3, 1877 Named for James H. Callahan Ranger Captain and Indian FighterMap (db m80820) HM
20Texas (Callahan County), Baird — Ross Cemetery
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
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21Texas (Callahan County), Baird — 4729 — Site of Belle Plaine College
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
22Texas (Callahan County), Baird — 4737 — Site of Callahan City
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
23Texas (Callahan County), Baird — Site of John D. Merchant Home
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
24Texas (Callahan County), Baird — 5241 — Texas & Pacific Railway Depot
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
25Texas (Callahan County), Baird — The Bankhead Highway
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
26Texas (Callahan County), Baird — 5831 — William Jeff Maltby(December 7, 1829 - June 27, 1908)
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
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Dec. 4, 2022