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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Comanche
Comanche, Texas and Vicinity
▶ Comanche County (27) ▶ Brown County (12) ▶ Eastland County (37) ▶ Erath County (28) ▶ Hamilton County (7) ▶ Mills County (20)
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Army engineers laid out a military road in this area in 1850. By 1855 thirty to forty families had settled in the vicinity. Comanche County was created in 1856, and Comanche became the second county seat in 1859. Its citizens, who entertained . . . — — Map (db m72309) HM|
A City-County Beautification Project sponsored by the Comanche County Bicentennial Committee featuring state historical markers and stone columns from 1890 county courthouse which were donated by the descendants of E.E. Anthony.
Park . . . — — Map (db m72303) HM|
|Commissioners court minutes of 3-17-1872 ordered Jo G Hardin, County Treasurer "To solicit donations to build a jail on Lot 12, Block 7, orig. addn, Comanche jail house shall be 14' x 20', a partition dividing it into rooms." The building, called . . . — — Map (db m125943) HM|
| First settled in 1854 by five families, the county, created and organized 1856, was named for Comanche Indians, Lords of Texas frontier, who were losing hunting grounds to settlers.
First county seat was Cora. Comanche has been county seat . . . — — Map (db m98274) HM|
Not for fame or reward, not for place or rank, not lured by ambition or goaded by necessity but in simple obedience to duty as they understood it. For four weary years these brave men suffered all, sacrificed all, dared all, and . . . — — Map (db m72290) WM|
In 1874 there were 2 buildings located at this site, a grocery store owned by J. B. Green and a saloon owned by M. T. Overstreet. In 1889 W. M. Reese established the William Reese Drug Company, described as the largest drugstore between Fort . . . — — Map (db m72305) HM|
Camped here in 1854 with his father, young Martin V. Fleming hid behind this tree and saved himself when hostile Indians rode through the grove. Years later paving contractors started to cut the oak, but were stopped by "Uncle Mart" with his . . . — — Map (db m72294) HM|
Born in Connecticut. Graduated at 19 from Yale. Studied medicine in France, where friends were Revolutionary War hero Lafayette and inventor Samuel F. B. Morse. As a North Carolina doctor he later took interest in politics and government. . . . — — Map (db m72293) HM|
| A member of Stephen F. Austin's Colony, George Washington Gentry came to Texas in 1835 with his father and brother. Settling what is now Washington County, he worked as a farmer and surveyor. He participated in the Texas Revolution, several Indian . . . — — Map (db m158029) HM|
The original title to this property was given to John Carnes by Comanche County in Feb. 1860. The first structure appearing around 1873 deeded to George L. Wright then to W.J. McLean. From McLean to John Elliott and B.F. Wright in Dec. 1876. The . . . — — Map (db m72308) HM|
One of boldest depredations in Texas history, made in May 1861, during the "Bright Moon." A braying mule wakened town after nearly all horses were stolen. Citizens spent rest of night molding bullets. Pursuit began at dawn, under command of . . . — — Map (db m72295) HM|
| Jo G Hardin (1850-1884) came to Comanche in 1872 about the same time as he and John Wesley's father, preacher Hardin moved to Comanche. He married Belle Adams and bought block 8 of original town survey which was the SE corner of the square. They . . . — — Map (db m158047) HM|
| John Wesley Hardin was not an outlaw; he was, however, a killer. It began with the accidental killing of an ex-slave during the time of one of the most corrupt administrations to ever occupy the governor's office, Hardin was 15 years old when the . . . — — Map (db m158040) HM|
| Deputy U. S. Marshal : Pursued Dee and James Bailey for passing counterfeit quarters in Comanche. After 10 mile chase, he captured and disarmed brothers. Catching Greene off guard (because of an unruly horse), one prisoner took Greene's rifle and . . . — — Map (db m158030) HM|
| Reconfiguration of Comanche County by the State in 1858 led to a relocation of its county seat. In 1859 local land developer Captain John Duncan donated 200 acres here for a townsite to serve as Comanche County seat. Duncan's deed specified that . . . — — Map (db m158031) HM|
Soon after the creation of Comanche County in 1856, the town of Cora (10 mi. SE) was platted to serve as the county seat. The courthouse in Cora, typical of many early Texas courthouses, was a 12' 7" x 12' 10", one-room, squared log structure. . . . — — Map (db m72304) HM|
| The Hardin family first arrived in Comanche, TX in 1872 when John Wesley's father, Preacher James Gibson Hardin moved his family here from Mt. Calm, TX. By this time John Wesley's brother Jo G and sister Lizzie had already married. Johns other . . . — — Map (db m158043) HM|
William Martin and D. C. Byrne constructed this building in March of 1881. It was sold in September of 1881 to Hill, Moore and Co. for $2000.00. W. R. Slider sold the property to Harry Brin in 1914 for $5000.00 in cash. Mr. Brin established the . . . — — Map (db m72306) HM|
Robert Thomas Hill began life on August 11, 1858, in the aristocratic comforts of his parents' Nashville, Tennessee, home. His family, however, suffered tragic losses during the Civil War and by 1864 young Robert was an orphan living in his . . . — — Map (db m72292) HM|
Royal King was 17 months old in 1944 when Earl Albin and Jack Whiteside of Comanche, Texas, bought the colt for $250 from breeder Felton Smathers of Llano, Texas. Royal King was by King P-234 and out of Rocket (later registered as Rocket . . . — — Map (db m72310) HM|
On May 26, 1874 John Wesley Hardin came to Comanche for a second short visit with his parents preacher James Gipson Hardin and Mary Elizabeth Dixson Hardin to celebrate his 21st birthday and to race Rondo a horse he had purchased in Comanche in . . . — — Map (db m72313) HM|
| Texas Longhorn is a breed of cattle known for its characteristic horns, which can extend to over 6ft tip to tip for bulls and 7ft for steers. They can be any color or mix of colors, but dark red and white are the most dominant. They are . . . — — Map (db m158049) HM|
|The buffalo were essential to the plains Indians. Native Americans used the bison for food and clothing, shelter, tools and ceremonial implements - nearly everything to survive physically and spiritually. Before their near extermination, an . . . — — Map (db m125929) HM|
The original building on this site was erected in May 1873. A deed of trust from Martha and G L Wright was given to a Mr. Crow from Stephenville, TX. In February 1874 James Buchanan paid G L Wright $850.00 in gold coins for the property. The . . . — — Map (db m72307) HM|
| The Comanche emerged as a distinct group around 1680 when they broke off from the Shoshone People of Wyoming and acquired horses from the Pueblo Indians after the Pueblo revolt. They were so skillful in horsemanship that they had no equal. They . . . — — Map (db m158033) HM|
Dedicated in memory
of all veterans
who served honorably
in the Armed Forces of the
United States of America
Dedicated May 28, 1989 — — Map (db m72289) WM|
1859 first courthouse built near Fleming Oak at SW cor Sq was of slim log poles set on end (as a picket fence) with dirt floor & plank roof. The hand dug well was to furnish water to courthouse & public. As buildings burned on N side Sq in 1868 . . . — — Map (db m72291) HM|