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Historical Markers in Bryan, Texas

Clickable Map of Brazos 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> Brazos County, TX (61) Burleson County, TX (47) Grimes County, TX (49) Leon County, TX (13) Madison County, TX (8) Robertson County, TX (50) Washington County, TX (132)  BrazosCounty(61) Brazos County (61)  BurlesonCounty(47) Burleson County (47)  GrimesCounty(49) Grimes County (49)  LeonCounty(13) Leon County (13)  MadisonCounty(8) Madison County (8)  RobertsonCounty(50) Robertson County (50)  WashingtonCounty(132) Washington County (132)
Bryan is the county seat for Brazos County
Bryan is in Brazos County
      Brazos County (61)  
      Burleson County (47)  
      Grimes County (49)  
      Leon County (13)  
      Madison County (8)  
      Robertson County (50)  
      Washington County (132)  
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1Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — 8664 — Black Education in Bryan
On March 30, 1885, the City of Bryan purchased seven lots in this area as a site for a public school to provide separate but equal and impartial instruction for black children of the community, as prescribed by the Texas State Constitution of 1876. . . . Map (db m187778) HM
2Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — 8666 — Brazos County
Brazos County, part of Stephen F. Austin’s colony, was created from Washington County in 1841. It was first named Navasota County, with Boonville as the county seat. In 1842 the name was changed to Brazos County. Through the Civil War, Millican, . . . Map (db m119591) HM
3Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — 8667 — Brazos County Confederate Commissioners Court — (1861-1865)
Furnished horses, equipment and clothing for county men in the Civil War. Levied war taxes on property, exempting lands or estates of Confederate soldiers. After surveying to determine needs of the families of Brazos soldiers, appropriated . . . Map (db m119642) HM
4Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — Brazos County Courthouse — Boonville — 1841 - 1846 —
Boonville was selected as the county seat of Navasota County in 1841. In January 1842, the name was changed to Brazos County. The area selected was named Boonville and was to encompass one hundred and fifty acres purchased for $150. A three-acre . . . Map (db m170514) HM
5Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — Brazos Union Lodge No. 129 — Boonville
Brazos Union Lodge was organized in Boonville in 1852. Four years earlier, another lodge, named Boonville Lodge No. 55, was created at Boonville and worked under a dispensation for several months before receiving a charter in January 1849 from the . . . Map (db m170459) HM
6Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — 8670 — Bryan City Cemetery
Established June 13, 1868 - three years after dedication of Bryan Townsite. Graveyard land - 20 acres, then on north edge of Bryan - was sold to the city for $100 by J.C. Hubert. More land was added June 15, 1915; area is now 48 acres. Many . . . Map (db m170316) HM
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7Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — 13339 — Carnegie Public Library
Center of cultural and civic activities in Bryan since 1903. Established through inspiration of the mutual improvement club (renamed the Woman's Club, 1909), under the leadership of Mmes. Lucy Miley Brandon and Rose Fountain Howell who with modest . . . Map (db m119639) HM
8Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — 8685 — Charles Eric Jenkins — (November 4, 1861 - October 26, 1943)
English native Charlie E. Jenkins came to America in 1873 and to Bryan in 1878. One of Bryan's most prolific and talented builders of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries, Jenkins' legacy of distinctive structures has been recognized by national . . . Map (db m170311) HM
9Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — 16933 — Confederate Veterans in Bryan City Cemetery
The Civil War and its aftermath greatly affected Brazos County. War halted progress of the Houston & Texas Central Railway and made Millican a boomtown. After the war, the railroad created a new town, Bryan City, and brought a need for men and . . . Map (db m170303) HM
10Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — 8681 — First Presbyterian Church
Organized Nov. 21, 1867, in the Presbytery of Brazos by the Rev. J.H. Hutchinson, this apparently was the second denominational group in Bryan. In 1871, members themselves built their first sanctuary at Washington and 29th Streets. This effort was . . . Map (db m170268) HM
11Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — Harvey Mitchell — Boonville — 1821 - 1901 —
"Welcome to My Town" Father of Brazos County Harvey Mitchell was born in 1821 in Tennessee. Because his parents could not afford to send him to college, the ambitious 18 year old came to Texas in 1838. From 1839 to 1842, . . . Map (db m170405) HM
12Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — 8689 — Harvey Mitchell — (1821-1901)
Came to Texas from Tennessee in 1839, and joined "minute men" protecting north frontier from Trinity to Brazos River. Moved to Brazos County; served 1842-1853 in County offices: Deputy Clerk, County Clerk, Surveyor, Chief Justice. Taught school, . . . Map (db m119644) HM
13Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — 13455 — Isom Palmer — (c. 1811 - 1874)
Isom Palmer, whose name has various spellings, was born to Martin and Sarah (Hardwick) Parmer. In 1825, the Palmer (Parmer) family moved to Texas, settling near Nacogdoches the next year, and participated in the 1826 Fredonian Rebellion. Palmer . . . Map (db m170312) HM
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14Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — 12883 — La Salle Hotel
Occupying a prominent corner in the southern end of Bryan's central business district, the La Salle hotel is an architectural landmark representative of the city's early 20th-century commercial development. At that time, Bryan was a major . . . Map (db m119640) HM
15Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — 12943 — Martin's Place
In December 1924, Martin Kapchinskie purchased land at this site, along a one-lane country road connecting Bryan to Texas A&M University, near the communities of Union Hill and Midway. Here, he opened a store for travelers and named it Martin's . . . Map (db m168371) HM
16Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — Men of Vision — Boonville
Eli Seale 1793-1857 Elias (Eli) Seale was born in North Carolina in 1793. He served as a fifer in the War of 1812 in Mississippi, and in 1835 moved with his three brothers and his family from Alabama to Texas. He received his Mexican . . . Map (db m170484) HM
17Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — 13298 — Mount Calvary Cemetery
Bryan's St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church began in 1873 with a congregation that drew from the city as well as rural communities in the area. For the next 25 years, the church used existing cemeteries for the burials of parishioners. These included . . . Map (db m170348) HM
18Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — 17340 — Queen Theater
A movie theater has been at this location since 1913 and named “The Queen” since 1914. It was originally located in the three-story Stoddard Hotel built here in 1889. The Schulman family purchased the theater business in 1926 and the . . . Map (db m119641) HM
19Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — 8706 — Route of El Camino Real — (Also known as Old San Antonio Road and Old Spanish Road)
Great thoroughfare of pioneer Texas, stretching 1,000 miles from Saltillo, Mexico, to present Louisiana. The general route followed ancient Indian and buffalo trails, but the oldest marked portion, known as "Trail of the Padres", was blazed in 1691 . . . Map (db m68683) HM
20Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — 8693 — Saint Andrew's Episcopal Church
This parish traces its origin to Episcopal services held in nearby Millican in 1864. A yellow fever epidemic in the Millican area prompted the relocation of the Saint Andrew's Mission to Bryan in 1867. A parish was formed that year and led by The . . . Map (db m129293) HM
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21Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — 8691 — Site of Odd Fellows University and Orphans Home
Founded 1870 by Odd Fellows Lodge. Housed in a 2-story frame building. Taught drawing, English, French, German, Greek, Latin, music, philosophy, geometry, trigonometry, science, surveying, penmanship. Had primary to young adult students, attracted . . . Map (db m170274) HM
22Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — 8665 — Site of the Town of Boonville
Established in 1841 as the county seat of Navasota County by John Millican, John H. Jones, J. Ferguson, E. Seale, and Mordecai Boon whose name it bears • The name of the county was changed to Brazos in 1842 • Boonville flourished until 1866 when . . . Map (db m170254) HM
23Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — 13279 — Site of Villa Maria Ursuline Academy
The Ursuline Sisters, founded by St. Angela in Italy in 1535, opened their first girls' school in North America in Quebec in 1639. In 1727, they opened the Ursuline Academy in New Orleans, followed in 1847 with the Ursuline Academy in Galveston. . . . Map (db m179149) HM
24Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — 8694 — St. Joseph Catholic Church
Although Catholic worship services were celebrated in Bryan by 1869, this church traces its history to the early 1870s. The first church building was erected about 1871 for a small active parish. The Reverend John Moore is considered to be the . . . Map (db m170269) HM
25Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — 8695 — St. Joseph School
The Rev. Joseph Pelnar of Bryan's St. Joseph Catholic Church erected a parish school building here in the early 1890s. The children of East European immigrant families dominated student enrollment at St. Joseph's until about the 1930s. Teachers . . . Map (db m170271) HM
26Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — Stagecoach Travel — Boonville
Early-day Texas travelers had only four choices when they needed to get from one town to another — walk, ride a horse, bounce along in a buggy, or take a stagecoach. Multi-passenger horse-drawn stagecoaches - Texas' first regularly scheduled . . . Map (db m170518) HM
27Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — 15691 — Steep Hollow Cemetery
This burial ground was part of the Steep Hollow community, named for the valley of the Steep Hollow Branch, a tributary of Wickson Creek. Residents were ranchers and farmers, and the community had a general store, cotton gin, gristmill and . . . Map (db m187735) HM
28Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — 15825 — The CW&BV and I&GN Railroads in Bryan
Bryan was platted on land granted to the Houston & Texas Central Railroad in 1859. In 1900, a second railroad, the Calvert, Waco & Brazos Valley (CW & BV) was built through Bryan by George Gould. The CW & BV built a depot here in 1900; besides train . . . Map (db m119629) HM
29Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — 8680 — The First National Bank of Bryan
The First National Bank of Bryan traces its history to 1862 when its earliest predecessor, a private lending agency, was established by W.H. Flippen and Milton Parker in Millican. In 1867, after the Houston and Texas Central Railroad extended its . . . Map (db m170259) HM
30Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — The Old Boonville School Play Yard — Boonville
The Boonville School Play Yard likely was associated with the school conducted in the courthouse building but may have also been used by the school in the nearby Masonic Lodge building. Nineteenth century playgrounds were located in open spaces . . . Map (db m174273) HM
31Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — The Smokehouse — Boonville
Before refrigeration and the canning process were developed, salt curing and smoking meats were the only ways to preserve fish, poultry, beef, and pork. Almost every farm family had a smoke house, and many cities had commercial smoke houses that . . . Map (db m174256) HM
32Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — The Town Plat — Boonville
The State of Texas consists of 254 counties. Washington County, with its settlements of Independence and Washington on the Brazos, was one of the 23 counties created in 1836 following Texas independence. Most of the area of present day Brazos . . . Map (db m170365) HM
33Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — The Twin Sisters — Boonville
On November 17, 1835, after Francis Smith convinced the people of Cincinnati, Ohio, to aid the cause of the Texas Revolution, the Ohioans began raising funds to procure two cannons and their attendant equipment for Texas. Since the United States . . . Map (db m170471) HM
34Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — 8705 — The Women’s Club
Founded in October 1895 as the Mutual Improvement Circle, this organization began with twenty members. Initially gathering in individual homes, the club met as a study group to improve members' minds, serve the community, and promote the cause of . . . Map (db m170267) HM
35Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — 8669 — Town Named for William Joel Bryan — (1814-1903)
Native of Missouri. Member of prominent family who were Texas statesmen, planters, developers. Grandson of Moses Austin, who obtained from Mexico charter for American Colony in Texas, but died before making settlement. Nephew of Stephen F. . . . Map (db m119643) HM
36Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — Turner-Peters Log Cabin — Boonville — 1856 - 2015 —
Though it's called a cabin, the Turner-Peters Dogtrot was house and home during the 1800s to early settlers. For over 160 years, the homestead was situated atop a sandy hill overlooking a small branch of Peach Creek in Grimes County. Thanks to . . . Map (db m170387) HM
37Texas (Brazos County), Bryan — 8701 — Wesa Weddington — (Nov. 20, 1880 - Mar. 29, 1966)
Granddaughter of Harvey Mitchell, a pioneer settler of Brazos County, Wesa Weddington began teaching Latin and Spanish in 1903 in Bryan public schools. She received a Masters Degree in 1918 from Columbia University and then taught while serving as . . . Map (db m201994) HM
38Texas (Burleson County), Bryan — 8652 — San Salvador Mission Church
San Salvador, a mission of St. Anthony's Catholic Church, Bryan, was named for the patron saint of Cefalu, Sicily, the native village of Italian immigrants who came here in 1894. Religious services were held in homes until 1908, when devout families . . . Map (db m187394) HM
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Dec. 7, 2022