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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Hallettsville, Texas

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Hallettsville is the county seat for Lavaca County
Hallettsville is in Lavaca County
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      Colorado County (117)  
      DeWitt County (70)  
      Fayette County (148)  
      Gonzales County (90)  
      Jackson County (14)  
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1 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 40 — 50th Anniversary of Battle of Galveston
Jan. 1, 1863 --- Jan. 1, 1914 In commemorating the 50th anniversary of the capture of Galveston by the Southern Confederacy. Gen. Arthur P. Bagby commanding the "Neptune." Banners may be furled but heroism lives forever. Capt. J. T. . . . Map (db m128143) HM WM
2 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 18904 — American Legion Hudgeons Post 230
Following World War I, Local Veterans of Hallettsville created the Hudgeons Post 230 in 1920. They wanted to serve fellow veterans and the community through an American Legion Post. The branch was named Hudgeons Post in honor of Mr. And Mrs. Eli . . . Map (db m167126) HM
3 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 217 — Arthur Pendleton Bagby(May 17, 1833 - February 21, 1921)
Native Alabamian, last surviving member of West Point class of 1852, lawyer, Colonel in 7th Texas Confederate Cavalry, participant in Sibley's New Mexico campaign, commanded volunteer land troops on board Confederate ship Neptune during . . . Map (db m132425) HM
4 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 725 — Captain Leiper Willoughby
Came to Texas in 1831. Member Captain William H. Patton's Company at the Battle of San Jacinto. Served in the Vasquez Campaign and against the Indians in 1842. Died in 1874.Map (db m132421) HM
5 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 13567 — City Cemetery
On July 19, 1889, the Hallettsville town council met to discuss the poor condition of various small cemeteries in the city. Mayor Fritz Lindenberg appointed Volney Ellis, W.H. Turk and E.H. Mitchel to find suitable land for burials outside the . . . Map (db m167099) HM
6 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — Cole Theatre
As early as the 1860s, Block 9 was an important trading area in Hallettsville. I. Samusch had a grocery store on the corner next to the square. In 1887, John Speary's new “rock store” was built on Lot 7 of Block 9 where the Cole Theatre is presently . . . Map (db m195692) HM
7 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 18937 — East Side Church of God
According to church history, the Hallettsville Church of God was the first African American Church of God in Texas. Founded in the early 1900s, the church did not have a leader and met in members' homes for its first twelve years. When the . . . Map (db m167154) HM
8 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 1489 — Entrance to Old Estate of John Hallett
Member of Stephen F. Austin's colony, and an old sea captain. His log cabin was the first home in the area, 1833. Hallettsville is named for his widow, Margaret, who gave land for the town in 1852, when it became the county seat. Recorded . . . Map (db m167148) HM
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9 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 1638 — First Baptist Church of Hallettsville
According to local oral tradition, Baptists in Hallettsville began worshiping together about 1851. A congregation of fourteen people was in operation by 1854. Early worship services were conducted in a three-story building which served the . . . Map (db m167114) HM
10 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 1758 — First Methodist Church of Hallettsville
Methodist circuit riders under the stewardship of John W. DeVilbiss and Henderson D. Palmer served this area as early as 1842. This congregation traces its origin to a Methodist society established by eleven charter members in 1851. Early services . . . Map (db m132428) HM
11 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 1797 — First National Bank of Hallettsville
Oldest bank in Lavaca County; has operated in this city block continuously since its establishment by Friench Simpson (1848-1923) and Carey Shaw (1854-1944), former employees of the J. H. Simpson Bank, Columbus. Shaw was also one of the original . . . Map (db m128141) HM
12 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 2135 — General John W. WhitfieldHome County of Texas Confederate
(Front) Born Tennessee. Legislator. Went to Missouri 1853. Indian agent Kansas Territory. Kansas representative U.S. Congress 1854-57. Moved Texas before Civil War. Organized Lavaca County company for C.S.A. 1861. Led 4th . . . Map (db m132426) HM
13 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 2339 — Hallettsville
Founded 1833 when John Hallett erected a log cabin near Lavaca River. Town was named for his widow, Margaret, who gave the land when town became county seat in 1852. Farming, livestock, poultry processing, and cotton marketing center. State . . . Map (db m167123) HM
14 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 2340 — Hallettsville
Founded 1838 County Seat, Lavaca County since 1852 Named for Mrs. Margaret Hallett, widow of John Hallett, a member of Austin's colony and a veteran of San Jacinto, who donated the town site.Map (db m95361) HM
15 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 2341 — Hallettsville Memorial Park
Land originally property of Mrs. Mary Jane Hallet Ballard, who deeded it to trustees of the "Hallettsville Graveyard" in 1870. Area pioneers were buried here until 1898. The monument in center honors county's heroes in battles of the Alamo, Goliad, . . . Map (db m95362) HM
16 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 18118 — Hallettsville Public Library
As early as 1893, the citizens of Lavaca County expressed an interest in establishing a county library. In September 1932, two local citizens, Mrs. Harvey Renger and Miss Evelyn Lacy, organized a rental library known as the “Library . . . Map (db m167116) HM
17 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 2342 — Hallettsville Public Schools
The existence of schools in Hallettsville can be traced to the early 1850s. Alma Male and Female Institute was established in 1852 just east of the town square on land donated by Margaret Hallett. The local Masonic lodge provided space in their . . . Map (db m167107) HM
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18 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 2822 — John Wilkins WhitfieldBrigadier General, C.S.A.
Battle of Pea Ridge, commanded "Whitfield's Legion" at Iuka, Brigade commander Vicksburg Campaign, Texas legislatorMap (db m132419) HM
19 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 2860 — Joseph Kent
Came to Texas about 1832 Fought in the Texas War for Independence at Bexar, 1835 and at San Jacinto, 1836 Died in Lavaca County, 1849Map (db m132420) HM
20 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 3050 — Lavaca County Courthouse
Fifth structure to serve as seat of justice for Lavaca, created originally as "La Baca", a judicial county, by Congress of Republic of Texas in 1842. Declared unconstitutional along with other judicial counties, it was created anew by First . . . Map (db m128140) HM
21 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 3537 — Murchison Masonic LodgeNo. 80, A.F. & A.M.
Considered oldest organized group in Lavaca County. Under dispensation granted March 29, 1850, Lodge was chartered January 31, 1851, and named for early Texas colonist and Masonic leader John Murchison, Fayette County. First officers: Isaac J. . . . Map (db m167149) HM
22 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 3740 — Old Hanging Tree
Gallows used Sept. 12, 1879, at public hanging of "Pocket", an Indian, killer of Englishman Leonard Hyde. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1967Map (db m26534) HM
23 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 3958 — Paul Scarborough
Came to Texas in 1835 Served in the Texas Army from October 3 to December 14, 1835 Member Company D, First Regiment Texas Volunteers at San Jacinto, 1836Map (db m132422) HM
24 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 4040 — Pioneer Settlers Killed by the Indians Comanches and Tonkahues
William Ponton, Ponton's Creek, May 1834 O'Dougherty Family: Father and three children, and John Douglas Family Father, Mother and two children, Clark's Creek, March 4, 1836. John Hibbens and George Creath, Rocky Creek, March 1836 . . . Map (db m132427) HM
25 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 12022 — Rabb Switch
Edward M. Rabb (1855-1908) a native of La Grange, Fayette County, Texas, was the son of William and Prudence Smalley Rabb. In the 1880s Dr. Edward M. Rabb settled in this area and purchased 2089 acres of land from S. W. Campbell. At his . . . Map (db m128142) HM
26 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 17564 — Richardson Chapel United Methodist Church
The early members of the Richardson Chapel United Methodist Church were former slaves that attended the Methodist Episcopal Church of Hallettsville prior to emancipation. Freedom allowed these former slaves to form their own church, and they chose . . . Map (db m167127) HM
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27 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 4430 — Sacred Heart Catholic Church
This congregation was founded as a mission of St. Mary's Catholic Church (about four miles west of Hallettsville). The Rev. John Anthony Forest served the new congregation, as well as other missions in Lavaca County. Early worship services were . . . Map (db m167120) HM
28 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 15153 — Site of the Alma Male and Female Institute
As early as the 1840s, area residents could send their children to the few small, private schools available. In 1852, when Hallettsville was chosen as Lavaca County seat the town founder, Margaret Hallett, donated land for the town site, county . . . Map (db m167151) HM
29 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 13437 — St. James Episcopal Church
The community of Hallettsville began in 1836, when Margaret Hallett donated land for the townsite. By that time, there were several families living in the area, and settlement increased throughout the 19th century. In July 1875, Gen. Arthur . . . Map (db m167105) HM
30 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 5075 — St. Peter Lutheran Church
The history of Lutheran ministry in the Hallettsville area can be traced to 1868, when the Rev. Christian Geiger began missionary work among the area's German immigrants. Meeting first in the nearby Pagel settlement, a congregation was formally . . . Map (db m167113) HM
31 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 5106 — Stephen Tucker Foley
Came to Texas in 1834 Served in the Army of Texas, 1836 A member of Captain William Heard's Company of Citizen Soldiers at the Battle of San JacintoMap (db m132423) HM
32 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 15769 — The Wreck of the Don Milo
The San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway Company (S. A. & A. P.) was chartered by the State of Texas in 1884 to connect the city of San Antonio with Aransas Bay, and the rail line officially came to Hallettsville on April 23, 1887. A large . . . Map (db m95371) HM
33 Texas, Lavaca County, Hallettsville — 5846 — William Smothers(1760-1837) — A Veteran of the American Revolution. —
A native of Virginia, William Smothers was orphaned at 12 when Indians killed his father, and his mother died of shock. In the American Revolution, he fought at King's Mountain, Guilford Courthouse, Camden, and Eutaw Springs. He moved to Kentucky in . . . Map (db m95372) HM
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Jun. 8, 2023