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Historical Markers in Greenville, Texas

Clickable Map of Hunt 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> Hunt County, TX (66) Collin County, TX (204) Delta County, TX (8) Fannin County, TX (97) Hopkins County, TX (24) Kaufman County, TX (93) Rains County, TX (9) Rockwall County, TX (15) Van Zandt County, TX (71)  HuntCounty(66) Hunt County (66)  CollinCounty(204) Collin County (204)  DeltaCounty(8) Delta County (8)  FanninCounty(97) Fannin County (97)  HopkinsCounty(24) Hopkins County (24)  KaufmanCounty(93) Kaufman County (93)  RainsCounty(9) Rains County (9)  RockwallCounty(15) Rockwall County (15)  VanZandtCounty(71) Van Zandt County (71)
Greenville is the county seat for Hunt County
Greenville is in Hunt County
      Hunt County (66)  
      Collin County (204)  
      Delta County (8)  
      Fannin County (97)  
      Hopkins County (24)  
      Kaufman County (93)  
      Rains County (9)  
      Rockwall County (15)  
      Van Zandt County (71)  
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1 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 7823 — 1929 Hunt County Courthouse
Built in 1929 as the seventh Hunt County Courthouse, this building was designed by W. R. Ragsdale & Sons of Greenville and Page Brothers of Austin. The 6-story building depicts a transition from classical revival to art deco architecture. It . . . Map (db m119688) HM
2 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 7816 — Benjamin D. Martin(Feb. 21, 1823 - Mar. 28, 1891)
Came to Texas from Virginia and settled in Hunt County in 1850s. In Confederate army, organized Texas Sharpshooters, called "Ben Martin's Company." First mayor of Greenville (present regime), 1873; helped draft Texas Constitution, 1875; state . . . Map (db m163994) HM
3 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 7821 — Birthplace of Audie Murphy
Born on a farm near Kingston, Audie Murphy (1925-1971) joined the Army on his 17th birthday in 1942, and later became the most decorated soldier in WWII. He was awarded 24 citations for bravery in action, including the Congressional Medal of . . . Map (db m163990) HM
4 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 7773 — Bourland-Stevens-Samuell House
Built in 1883 by Virginia B. Stevens, daughter of Col. James Bourland, on land deeded him by M. H. Wright, joining site Wright donated for Greenville. Bourland gave land to daughter in 1854. Part of her earlier house was incorporated into this . . . Map (db m163745) HM
5 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — Burleson College
A Junior College founded by Baptists in 1895. Through her halls passed 9186 students. Her doors closed in 1930. “Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them” St. Matthew 7:20Map (db m165709) HM
6 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 7776 — Central Christian Church(Disciples of Christ)
This congregation was organized in 1879 as First Christian Church. Led by Elder James Pickens, a minister from Alabama, the congregation first met in a Union Church on Lee Street. The Rev. T. W. Caskey served as the first regular pastor of the . . . Map (db m163737) HM
7 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — Central National Road of The Republic of Texas
This stone marks the location of the Central National Road of The Republic of Texas Surveyed and established by virtue of an act of the congress of the Republic of Texas in 1844, and running from the Trinity River to the Red River, it crossed the . . . Map (db m165710) HM
8 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 12791 — Ende-Gaillard House
German native Charles Frederick von Ende (b. 1832) came to Greenville in 1857 and established a mercantile business on the town square. He became one of the community's most active civic leaders, serving on the school board and city council, and . . . Map (db m163743) HM
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9 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 7789 — First Baptist Church
Organized Sept. 1858 in local Masonic Hall by Baptist missionary John R. Briscoe and Elder W. M. Pickett with 19 charter members: Lewis W., Rebecca, Susan C., and Martha Matilda (Tillie) Moore; Nancy Moore Hines; Andrew and Mary McDonald; Ellen D. . . . Map (db m163738) HM
10 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 17939 — Fred Douglass Elementary School
This school was established in the early 1900s in the historic East Hill Community of Greenville. Known as East Colored School, it was one of three schools that were established for blacks to attend during segregation. The school was renamed Fred . . . Map (db m164056) HM
11 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 7814 — Gen. Hal C. Horton Home
First two-story brick house in Greenville. Erected in 1885-1887 in typical Victorian style. Built by the Will N. Harrisons, prominent pioneers. Contractor H. C. "Jack" Horton (father of Gen. Horton) made the brick at "Puddin' Hill." That land, . . . Map (db m164058) HM
12 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 12090 — Germany House
Built in 1886 for Greenville merchant and civic leader Joseph P. Germany (1856-1932) and his new wife Polly (Tolbert) (1862-1889), this simplified second empire style house is distinguished by such hallmarks as its straight mansard roof and tower. . . . Map (db m163968) HM
13 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 12547 — Greenville
In 1846, the Texas legislature created Hunt County and specified that Greenville would be the name of the county seat, honoring Texas War for Independence veteran Thomas J. Green. Voters ultimately selected this location, on land donated by . . . Map (db m119714) HM
14 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 7798 — Greenville "Herald"
Established April 1869 by J. C. Bayne. Is oldest business institution in county. E. W. Harris, later owner, started daily, 1890. W. C. Poole family owned it 1914-1956, when Harte-Hanks chain purchased and merged it with "Banner." Matt Sheley is . . . Map (db m163976) HM
15 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 7795 — Greenville Building and Loan Association
This financial institution was chartered by the state of Texas on December 17, 1886, as the Greenville Building and Loan Association. The formation of the association came as a second railroad line was constructed to Greenville, signaling the . . . Map (db m119710) HM
16 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 7796 — Greenville Cotton Compress
Once world's largest inland press. Set record for most bales pressed in 10-hour day (Sept. 30, 1912), when 2,073 bales were handtrucked, pressed, and loaded in rail cars at rate of 3 a minute. Before invention of lifts and . . . Map (db m119739) HM
17 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 7801 — Harrell Camp Ground(1 mi. West)
One of first religious sites in Hunt County. Influential for 50 years. Cabins and brush arbor built in 1850s by early settler Richard Harrell (1813-1895). Methodist gospel services drew people here from many counties, in summers while crops grew . . . Map (db m164000) HM
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18 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 11682 — Humboldt Cemetery
The community of Humboldt began to prosper when a caravan of families arrived from Tennessee in 1866. The first burial on this site probably was that of Katharine Rankin, the infant daughter of William J. and Mary Rankin, in 1868. The oldest . . . Map (db m164313) HM
19 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 7805 — Hunt County
Created April 11, 1846 Organized July 19, 1846 Named in honor of General Memucan Hunt 1807-1856 Secretary of the Navy and Inspector General of the Army of the Republic of Texas Minister to the United States Adjutant . . . Map (db m119856) HM
20 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 7806 — Hunt County's First Railroad
Missouri, Kansas & Texas (Katy) Railway, whose first train from Denison reached here Oct. 1, 1880. A $5,000 cash bonus and right of way across Hunt County were guaranteed by Greenville men: F. P. Alexander, M. M. Arnold, A. Cameron, J. J. Cooper, J. . . . Map (db m119384) HM
21 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 7809 — Kavanaugh Methodist Church
Founded as a Methodist Mission Sunday School in 1892, this church was chartered on November 8, 1896, and named in honor of Bishop H. H. Kavanaugh. The first sanctuary was a 4-room brick building erected on this site. A larger facility was needed . . . Map (db m164059) HM
22 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 7775 — Lallie P. Carlisle(1866-1949)
First woman in Texas to hold an elective public office. Upon death of her first husband, E. W. Briscoe, she was appointed, April 17, 1902, by the Commissioners' Court to complete his term as clerk of Hunt County. At that time women could not vote . . . Map (db m201909) HM
23 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 13167 — Library Movement in Greenville
In 1897, Greenville's Chautauqua Literary and Social Circle formed the Women's Review Club, which aimed to create a circulating library; each member donated books. The Review Club opened their library in 1900. By 1903, the popular library had to . . . Map (db m164060) HM
24 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 7815 — Majors Army Airfield
In 1941 the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) informed Greenville officials that the city would receive Federal assistance to build a civilian airport as part of the country's preparation for possible entry into World War II. In April 1941 U. . . . Map (db m164064) HM
25 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 18146 — Mary Jim Morris
Born near Atlanta, Georgia, in 1876, Mary Jim Morris moved to Greenville, Texas, in 1899 with her family. That summer, Mary received her teaching certificate from the hunt county normal school, locally known as the county teachers institute for . . . Map (db m164062) HM
26 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 7779 — Route of Old Colony Line Road
Early travel artery. Followed the north boundary line of the Chas. F. Mercer colony, a 6,500-square-mile tract granted to Mercer in 1844 by Sam Houston (President of the Republic of Texas) for purpose of bringing colonists into Texas. Southern half . . . Map (db m119549) HM
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27 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 12093 — Shady Grove Community
Republic of Texas President Sam Houston granted two tracts of land to Charles F. Mercer on which to settle families in January 1844. Included in Mercer's colony were 6,500 square miles of land around this site. Among the earliest settlers here . . . Map (db m165683) HM
28 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 13142 — Site of Phillips Field/Majors Stadium
Site of Phillips Field/Majors Stadium In 1929, Eula Lasater Phillips donated $3,500 to the Greenville Athletic Council to build an athletic field at this site in memory of her late husband, Frank Phillips. The first athletic event in Phillips Field . . . Map (db m119692) HM
29 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 7799 — The Old Greenville Post Office
Tradition says mail came from Jefferson in early days and was dropped at a saloon. Greenville Post Office was created in 1847, and occupied rented quarters until 1910, when this structure was built. Neo-classic in style, it became an important . . . Map (db m119712) HM
30 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 7785 — The Seven Courthouses of Hunt County
In 1846, when Hunt County was created, Greenville was chosen as the county seat. Court sessions were held under oak trees at the corner of St. John and Bourland streets until the first courthouse was built here in 1847. A log cabin, it was located . . . Map (db m119689) HM
31 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 7774 — W.R.J. Camp House
Constructed in 1914, this was the home of respected Greenville banker William R. J. Camp and his wife, Dora. The impressive two-story brick Classical Revival home features giant Ionic columns along the front and in triplicate flanking the entry . . . Map (db m163744) HM
32 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 7838 — White Rock Baptist Church
The Rev. A. D. Manion, along with thirteen charter members, organized a congregation known as Pleasant View Baptist Church in 1872. A church building was erected in 1883 and served the congregation until 1901, when it was dismantled and rebuilt at . . . Map (db m164280) HM
33 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 7840 — White Rock Methodist Church
This congregation was formally organized on November 25, 1880, by the Rev. J. T. Stanley and eleven charter members. Services were held in the White Rock Schoolhouse until a church building was constructed in 1898. The wood frame structure was . . . Map (db m164279) HM
34 Texas, Hunt County, Greenville — 7812 — William Lane1843-1922
First Anglo-American born in Hunt County, then in Republic of Texas. Birthplace: on South Sulphur, near present Wolfe City. Son of John W. Lane, one of commissioners organizing county. During Civil War, served in Confederate army. Later moved . . . Map (db m164065) HM
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Jul. 23, 2024