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Historical Markers in Canton, Texas

 
Clickable Map of Van Zandt County, Texas and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Van Zandt County, TX (31) Henderson County, TX (32) Hunt County, TX (65) Kaufman County, TX (93) Rains County, TX (8) Smith County, TX (100) Wood County, TX (67)  VanZandtCounty(31) Van Zandt County (31)  HendersonCounty(32) Henderson County (32)  HuntCounty(65) Hunt County (65)  KaufmanCounty(93) Kaufman County (93)  RainsCounty(8) Rains County (8)  SmithCounty(100) Smith County (100)  WoodCounty(67) Wood County (67)
Canton is the county seat for Van Zandt County
Canton is in Van Zandt County
      Van Zandt County (31)  
ADJACENT TO VAN ZANDT COUNTY
      Henderson County (32)  
      Hunt County (65)  
      Kaufman County (93)  
      Rains County (8)  
      Smith County (100)  
      Wood County (67)  
 
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1Texas (Van Zandt County), Canton — 11435 — Caldwell Walton Raines(September 18, 1839 - August 2, 1906)
Born in Georgia, Raines came to Texas in 1858. After serving in Gen. R. M. Gano's Texas Cavalry Regiment in the Civil War, he was a teacher in New Braunfels and a lawyer in Canton. Van Zandt County Judge from 1876 to 1878, he played a major role in . . . Map (db m54081) HM
2Texas (Van Zandt County), Canton — 13032 — Canton: The Misplaced County Seat
The Texas Legislature created Van Zandt County in 1848. It originally included nearly 2,000 square miles of territory. Jordan's Saline, now Grand Saline, was near the county's geographic location and became the first seat of government. Two years . . . Map (db m187057) HM
3Texas (Van Zandt County), Canton — 17490 — Dixie Hotel
On September 2, 1915, the Canton Herald announced plans for a new hotel. Its site along the Dixie Highway gave the hotel its name and a prime location to attract travelers and residents. The hotel’s square floor plan included two full floors . . . Map (db m187055) HM
4Texas (Van Zandt County), Canton — 11409 — First Monday Trades Day
On the first Monday of each month in the early 1850s, Judges Oran M. Roberts and Bennett H. Martin held court in Canton, an event attended by townspeople and country folk alike. With large numbers of people present, court day also became the . . . Map (db m187058) HM
5Texas (Van Zandt County), Canton — 16825 — George Washington Tull, Sr.
George Washington Tull, Sr. (1827-1917), better known as G. W. Tull, was one of the earliest and most successful merchants in Canton. His family migrated from Georgia, where G. W. was born, to Alabama, Mississippi, and then Tennessee. In 1852, G. W. . . . Map (db m187053) HM
6Texas (Van Zandt County), Canton — 11419 — Hillcrest Cemetery
Located within the original 1850 town plat of Canton, this cemetery has served citizens of this area for well over a century. The oldest documented burial is that of Ann Calhoon (1807-1860). Among those buried here in marked and unmarked graves are . . . Map (db m28120) HM
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7Texas (Van Zandt County), Canton — 18489 — Hilliards of Canton
The Hilliard family has long been identified with the general trade business in Canton. Founded because of its central location, Canton became the seat of Van Zandt County in 1850. George McIntosh Hilliard came to Texas in the 1870s and migrated to . . . Map (db m187056) HM
8Texas (Van Zandt County), Canton — 11444 — Isaac and Frances Van Zandt
Isaac Van Zandt 1813-1847 Member of the Congress of the Republic - 1841-1842 Charge D’Affaires to the United States - 1842-1844 In 1845 - Member of the Constitutional Convention Frances C. Lipscomb Van Zandt 1816-1909 . . . Map (db m187282) HM
9Texas (Van Zandt County), Canton — 20138 — Isaac Van Zandt
Influential Texas politician Isaac Van Zandt was born on July 10, 1813. He lived in Tennessee and Mississippi until he moved to the Republic of Texas in 1838. After settling in Harrison County, Van Zandt served as congressman for Harrison County in . . . Map (db m187064) HM
10Texas (Van Zandt County), Canton — 12762 — John H. Reagan
John Henninger Reagan was born in 1818 to Timothy Richard and Elizabeth Reagan in Sevier County, Tennessee. He worked at his father's tannery and on the family farm, attending school sporadically, until leaving the state in 1838. Reagan came in . . . Map (db m54002) HM
11Texas (Van Zandt County), Canton — 11436 — Oran Milo Roberts(July 9, 1815 - May 19, 1898)
A South Carolina-born Alabama legislator, Oran M. Roberts came to San Augustine, Texas in 1841. He served in district and state judicial positions, including the first district court in Canton in 1850, and was president of the Secession Convention . . . Map (db m53959) HM
12Texas (Van Zandt County), Canton — 11443 — Site of 1896 Van Zandt County Courthouse
In 1894, the Van Zandt County Commissioners Court approved construction of a new brick courthouse at this site. Built between 1894 and 1896, it replaced a frame courthouse that had served the county since shortly after the Civil War. The noted San . . . Map (db m53917) HM
13Texas (Van Zandt County), Canton — 11384 — The Canton Herald
"The Canton Herald" has been in continuous operation since 1882. Ellis Campbell (1882-1945), publisher of the "Wills Point Chronicle," purchased the "Herald" in 1915. Campbell and his wife Mary Jane (Gilmore) built a family publishing business that . . . Map (db m187054) HM
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14Texas (Van Zandt County), Canton — 11442 — Van Zandt County
A portion of the original Mercer Grant created from Henderson County in 1848 Named in honor of the illustrious statesman Isaac Van Zandt Born in Tennessee, July 10, 1813 Delegate to the Annexation Convention in 1845 Died in . . . Map (db m187059) HM
15Texas (Van Zandt County), Canton — 12270 — Van Zandt County Courthouse
Built in 1937 with Public Works Administration funds, this is the sixth building to serve as the Van Zandt County Courthouse. According to local lore, the Commissioners Court decreed that a modern courthouse should be erected in order to provide . . . Map (db m54055) HM
16Texas (Van Zandt County), Canton — 16939 — Van Zandt County Poor Farm
In the early days of Van Zandt County, families, churches and charitable organizations took care of people in need. After the civil war, the high number of indigents forced an addendum to the state constitution making care for the poor the . . . Map (db m187051) HM
 
 
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Dec. 7, 2022