Legendary pianist Al Stricklin was born in Johnson County in 1908, he learned to play the piano at a very early age, accompanying his father who played fiddle. At age 15, Stricklin began playing at silent movies and at dances. After completing high . . . — — Map (db m194403) HM
Has been placed on the National Register of Historic Railroad Landmarks
This plaque is to commemorate the centennial of the construction of Pacific type (4-6-2) steam locomotive #3417. It was delivered to the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway . . . — — Map (db m194388) HM
The Carnegie Library building has been Cleburne's literary and cultural center since 1905. In 1902-1903, the Women's Club, led by Julia Pittman Osborn, requested a $1 donation from each "Progressive Man" in Cleburne, obtained a $20,000 grant from . . . — — Map (db m177760) HM
A Cleburne Public Library was begun in 1901 under the direction of the local Women's Club. In 1902 members of the organization met with New York industrialist and benefactor Andrew S. Carnegie to secure funds for a building. His gift was matched . . . — — Map (db m177762) HM
As early as 1860, the Rt. Rev. Alexander Gregg, first bishop of Texas, visited Johnson County. This parish, first in the county, was formed 1871; the Rev. Robert S. Nash was first rector. First church building in Cleburne (northeast corner, . . . — — Map (db m171474) HM
Were meeting places for early rural folks coming to town to buy, sell, trade, catch up on latest news.
Here on this lot farmers, travelers for “two bits” got feed, water for teams; crude overnight accommodations.
Wagon yards, outdated by . . . — — Map (db m177641) HM
In Memorial to All Veterans Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice in the Cause of Freedom From 1776 to 1976
C.E. De Lario - Post No. 50 American Legion - Cledurne, Texas November 11, 1975 — — Map (db m194396) WM
The new town of Cleburne was selected as the Johnson County seat in 1867. Two years later, the Grand Lodge of Texas granted a charter to the Cleburne Masonic Lodge No. 315. The members built a lodge hall in March 1871 and the town of Cleburne was . . . — — Map (db m177765) HM
Traces its beginning to 1854 when first house, a log cabin, was built here near a good spring.
County seat was bodily moved by wagon to this place (then called Camp Henderson) in 1867, and renamed to honor Patrick Cleburne, a Confederate . . . — — Map (db m73239) HM
County named for Texas Confederate
Colonel Middleton T. Johnson
South Carolinian; Legislator Alabama came to Texas 1840. Member Republic of Texas Congress. Cavalryman in U.S. War with Mexico. Texas Ranger surveyor of early . . . — — Map (db m54826) HM
In the late 1800s, a Bible Study group known as the West Side Mission grew out of prayer groups at Cleburne's First Baptist Church. Its building was located on a lot at West Willingham Street bought in the early 1900s. In 1911, the mission bought . . . — — Map (db m177640) HM
Baptist Missionary Preacher W.A. Mason held a revival in the new Johnson County seat of Cleburne in 1868 and on May 5 of that year formally organized the first Baptist church with 16 members. Mason stayed on as pastor of the new congregation until . . . — — Map (db m177706) HM
Methodism began in Johnson County during the 1850s when Simeon Odem (Odom) held camp meetings near Grandview; Rev. Jeremiah Easterwood is credited with holding the first Methodist service in the area later to become Cleburne in 1852. A Methodist . . . — — Map (db m177620) HM
City named for Confederate
General Patrick R. Cleburne
Born near Cork, Ireland came to U.S. 1849. Drug clerk in Ohio, became lawyer in Arkansas. Recruited 1st Arkansas Regt. for Confederacy. Elected colonel. Promoted brigadier . . . — — Map (db m54825) HM
John L. Cleveland was born in Georgia in 1851 to James Monroe and Catherine (Wright) Cleveland. He studied agriculture and business before moving to Midlothian, Texas, to teach and farm. Annie Hamilton Upshaw, daughter of Samuel Crockett and . . . — — Map (db m177767) HM
Named for Middleton T. Johnson (1810-1866), native of South Carolina, for 7 terms an Alabama Legislator, a leading Texan after 1840. Served in 9th Texas Legislature, in Texas Rangers, Mexican War, Civil War.
County created and organized 1854 . . . — — Map (db m194392) HM
Organized in 1854, Johnson County located its seat of government to Wardville and in Buchanan before moving in 1867 to Camp Henderson, which later became Cleburne. The Buchanan courthouse was moved to the new county seat and used until 1869, when . . . — — Map (db m73143) HM
This stone is from the fourth Johnson County Courthouse, a red brick three story building with a four story bell/clock tower, and was finished October 6, 1883 costing $49,685. The building was destroyed by fire on April 16, 1912.
City Marshall . . . — — Map (db m177747) HM
On October 8, 1951, nine men gathered at the Cleburne Livestock Auction Barn to create the Johnson County Sheriff's Posse (JCSP). The organization was charged with establishing a local riding group to promote good will among horsemen and other . . . — — Map (db m177768) HM
John B. Joiner bought land here from P.C. Chambers and built a one-story farmhouse in 1895. Insurance and real estate salesman Joiner sold the house in 1912 to the Long family. Joseph Benjamin Long (1876-1939) moved to Cleburne in 1907 and worked as . . . — — Map (db m194404) HM
Cleburne Memorial Cemetery serves as the final resting place of many Civil War veterans with more than 400 Confederate soldiers and seven Union soldiers. These men represent the foundation of Cleburne's thriving community and give insight into . . . — — Map (db m177769) HM
The first telephones in Texas, in 1878, connected the "Galveston News" with the home of its publisher, Col. A. H. Belo. Galveston also had the first exchange, 1879, and first long-distance line, which ran to Houston, in 1883. Cleburne phone . . . — — Map (db m170373) HM
Had wood, water. Was used after 1854 start of Camp Henderson (named for land owner-townsite donor) for decisive public meetings. In 1867 Camp Henderson became county seat. Then men at 4th of July picnic here named town "Cleburne" for Civil War . . . — — Map (db m177758) HM
Early-day watering spot for explorers, Confederate Camp Henderson, settlers. People came many miles to wash, haul water, visit. At a nickel a bucket, boys "toted" water to merchants.
Brick-lined pool often was dipped dry, but spring always . . . — — Map (db m177646) HM
Messengers from nine Baptist churches, Shady Grove # 1 and # 2, Alvarado, Bethesda, Rock Springs, Hillsboro, Island Grove, West Fork and Union met to organize themselves as an association on October 29, 1864. The purposes of the association are to . . . — — Map (db m177617) HM
The 36th Division (Texas National Guard) mobilized during WWII convoyed in February, 1942 through Cleburne en route to shipping overseas. Crowds lined both sides of Highway 67 from one end of town to the other trying to get sight of familiar faces . . . — — Map (db m177710) HM
World War II brought a shared sense of patriotism and purpose to the Texas home front as civilians benefited from new or expanded war industry jobs, such as petroleum, lumber, bomber manufacturing and farming. However, the large number of Texans . . . — — Map (db m177637) HM
In 1939, work began to replace Rhome Field, where Cleburne High played home football games for twenty years. The Works Projects Administration (WPA) provided most of the funding for the new $80,000 stadium built from concrete and rough cut . . . — — Map (db m171475) HM