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Historical Markers in Indianola, Texas

 
Clickable Map of Calhoun 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 Calhoun County, TX (81) Aransas County, TX (64) Jackson County, TX (14) Matagorda County, TX (108) Refugio County, TX (26) Victoria County, TX (88)  CalhounCounty(81) Calhoun County (81)  AransasCounty(64) Aransas County (64)  JacksonCounty(14) Jackson County (14)  MatagordaCounty(108) Matagorda County (108)  RefugioCounty(26) Refugio County (26)  VictoriaCounty(88) Victoria County (88)
Port Lavaca is the county seat for Calhoun County
Indianola is in Calhoun County
      Calhoun County (81)  
ADJACENT TO CALHOUN COUNTY
      Aransas County (64)  
      Jackson County (14)  
      Matagorda County (108)  
      Refugio County (26)  
      Victoria County (88)  
 
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1Texas (Calhoun County), Indianola — 31 — A Beef Canning Plant — Indian Point
James D. Cochran, H.H. Rogers, and S.A. White, in December 1848, opened a beef canning plant. It. had only moderate success. Live cattle on foot continued to be shipped to the distant beef markets. It would be twenty years before mechanically . . . Map (db m193371) HM
2Texas (Calhoun County), Indianola — 21 — A Steady Movement of European Immigrants — Indian Point
Indian Point had developed with a port of four wharves. This was achieved in three years from the ports beginning. In 1848 a steady movement of European immigrants continued through Indian Point, destined for the inland. The Adelsverein went . . . Map (db m193372) HM
3Texas (Calhoun County), Indianola — 22 — An Adequate Supply of Potable Water — Indian Point
An adequate supply of potable water was to remain constant problem at Indianola. There were no fresh streams nearby which could be used for households and for the boilers of steamships. Green Lake and its abundance of fresh water was 20 miles away. . . . Map (db m193356) HM
4Texas (Calhoun County), Indianola — 36 — Angelina Eberly — Indianola
In 1850 Angelina Eberly, a hotel owner, became the principal property holder in Indianola. Her assets being valued at fifty thousand. Mrs. Eberly's hotel catered to families, and her rooms being in constant demand. Her principal competitor was the . . . Map (db m193286) HM
5Texas (Calhoun County), Indianola — 26 — Bilingual Community — Indian Point
Indian Point in 1848 presented a neat and well-ordered appearance. Oleanders had been introduced from Galveston and grew in the town. The influence of the large German population was apparent, and was a bilingual community from the start. Many of . . . Map (db m193287) HM
6Texas (Calhoun County), Indianola — 32 — Brown's Addition — Indian Point
Indianola businesses were delighted with Morgan's move, and an addition to the established town was commenced. The addition included a part of the German immigrant camp, Karishafen. The addition became known as Brown's Addition to Indianola. The . . . Map (db m193354) HM
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7Texas (Calhoun County), Indianola — Calhoun County Courthouse
Edward Beaumont Architect 1859 During the storms of 1875 and 1886 Precious lives were saved within its walls of shell concrete and lime Abandoned 1886Map (db m182666) HM
8Texas (Calhoun County), Indianola — 29 — California Gold Fields — Indian Point
In October 1848, a contingent of U.S. troops reached the port in route to San Antonio. These troops garrisoned the new fort of El Paso. Shortly thereafter, gold was discovered in Northern California and the seekers entered the port to take the . . . Map (db m193378) HM
9Texas (Calhoun County), Indianola — 17138 — Ed Bell
Famed storyteller David Edward "Ed" Bell was born to Calvin Oscar, Sr. and Annie (Shackelford) Bell on January 10, 1905, near Leakey, Texas. After moving to Indianola, Bell and his wife, Mary Alma (Smith), bought land along Powderhorn Bayou where . . . Map (db m182647) HM
10Texas (Calhoun County), Indianola — 25 — Four Wharves — Indianola
Sailing ships from Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Pensacola, Mobile and New Orleans crowded the four wharves at Indian Point in 1848, to discharge their cargoes for the interior of Western Texas and to take in raw materials to the . . . Map (db m193289) HM
11Texas (Calhoun County), Indianola — 17800 — German Immigration Through Karlshafen
On April 20, 1842, a group of nobles convened at Biebrich am Rhein and incorporated as the Adelsverein. They elected Count Karl von Castell as their president and then pledged a goal to purchase land in Texas. From 1821 to 1910, more than five . . . Map (db m182230) HM
12Texas (Calhoun County), Indianola — 20 — Harris & Morgan's Steamship Yacht — Indian Point
Harris & Morgan's steamship yacht was on a weekly schedule between Galveston and Matagorda Bay ports. Indian Point received another boost, this one from the widely read book by the author Viktor Bracht. His book compared Matagorda Bay favorably with . . . Map (db m193377) HM
13Texas (Calhoun County), Indianola — 2642 — Indianola
Many currents of the mainstream of Texas history flow in this onetime port. Pineda explored the coast in 1519 and La Salle planted a settlement near here in 1685. Once an Indian trading point, it was a major seaport from 1844 to 1875. Texas . . . Map (db m120708) HM
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14Texas (Calhoun County), Indianola — 16314 — Indianola Cemetery
Many of the graves in this cemetery reflect the hardships encountered by residents of Indianola, one of Texas' leading 19th century ports. The earliest marked grave is that of a child, William Woodward. His death occurred in 1852, a year when . . . Map (db m182610) HM
15Texas (Calhoun County), Indianola — 18658 — Judge Henry Joseph Huck
Henry Joseph Huck was born on August 3, 1822, in Ottenhφfen, Baden, in southern Germany. He graduated from Heidelberg University and, with the inheritance from his mother's death, Henry ventured to London and established a merchant business at the . . . Map (db m182236) HM
16Texas (Calhoun County), Indianola — 3508 — Mrs. Angelina Bell Peyton Eberly — (About 1800 - March 15, 1860)
A Tennessean, Angelina Peyton came to Texas in 1822. With her husband, J.C. Peyton, she operated an inn in San Felipe, capital of the Austin colony. Peyton died in 1834; in 1836 the widow married Jacob Eberly. She and Eberly had a hotel in Austin by . . . Map (db m120710) HM
17Texas (Calhoun County), Indianola — 30 — Name Change — Indian Point
Discussion was increasing of the need to change the name of Indian Point. After some debate by citizens, the name "Indianola" was proposed by Mrs. John Henry Brown. Her reasoning for the name was the first part of the current name (Indian) and the . . . Map (db m193376) HM
18Texas (Calhoun County), Indianola — 34 — Powder Horn — Indianola
In the early 1850's Old Indian Point, known as Indianola and Brown's Addition, was referred to as Powder Horn. With the passage of a few years the Powder Horn portion of the community, the former Indian Point would be known as Old Town and the . . . Map (db m193290) HM
19Texas (Calhoun County), Indianola — 4243 — Rene Robert Cavelier Sieur de la Salle
(side 1) Born in Rouen France November 22, 1643. Came to Canada in 1668. Founded a first settlement near Montreal. Led several expeditions on the Great Lakes and the Ohio and Illinois rivers. Completed the exploration of the Mississippi, . . . Map (db m120700) HM
20Texas (Calhoun County), Indianola — 17139 — Sgt. William Henry Barnes — 38th Regiment, USCT
On March 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed an Act calling for all able-bodied men to join the National Forces. William Barnes joined the Union Army the following February. He was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia and six months later was . . . Map (db m182612) HM
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21Texas (Calhoun County), Indianola — 4938 — Site of the Town of Indianola — 1844-1886
First called by German immigrants Karlshaven, an important port of Texas. Cargoes of ships were hauled to and from points in Texas and Mexico by carts until 1860 when the San Antonio and Mexico Gulf Railroad and the Indianola Railroad were completed . . . Map (db m120706) HM
22Texas (Calhoun County), Indianola — 17226 — The Chihuahua Road
Between 1844 and 1887, Indianola grew to become a cosmopolitan port city that was second only to Galveston. Indianola became a port for trade and was the eastern terminus of the Chihuahua Road that traveled overland from the mines of Chihuahua city . . . Map (db m120703) HM
23Texas (Calhoun County), Indianola — 19 — The German Emigration Company — Indian Point
A formal agreement was signed by Samuel A. White and Theodore Miller on Jan. 20, 1848. The latter acting as agent of the German Emigration Co. It was the successor of the bankrupt Adelsverein. In January 1848, John B. Brown of Victoria established a . . . Map (db m193379) HM
24Texas (Calhoun County), Indianola — 17475 — The Great Camel Experiment
No immigrants arriving in Indianola were quite as exotic as the seventy-five camels that came ashore in 1856 and 1857 from Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt and Turkey. As early as 1836, politicians, diplomats and the military were considering the importation . . . Map (db m120677) HM
25Texas (Calhoun County), Indianola — 23 — The Merchants of Indian Point — Indian Point
Charles Eckhardt and Theo. Miller, representing the merchants of Indian Point and the German Emigration Company, arranged a survey by John A. King, of Dewitt County, of a new and shorter route from New Braunfels to Victoria. The purpose was to save . . . Map (db m193343) HM
26Texas (Calhoun County), Indianola — 33 — The Plan — Indian Point
The Plan included a cemetery, a church, a school, a market square, four public squares, a military square, and a courthouse square. A space for a courthouse was set aside in both the Indianola and Brown's Additions. Most of the streets were named . . . Map (db m193342) HM
27Texas (Calhoun County), Indianola — 27 — The Presbyterians and Methodists — Indian Point
The Presbyterians and Methodists had congregations in Indian Point by the summer of 1848. A Lutheran church was organized there in 1854. The Rev. Daniel Baker, D.D. pioneer Presbyterian missionary minister, visited Indian Point in 1848. Sam. A. . . . Map (db m193285) HM
28Texas (Calhoun County), Indianola — 24 — The Trade Routes — Indian Point
The trade routes from here went far beyond the central Texas towns. Much of the U.S. Government traffic moved thru Matagorda Bay as a result of the war with Mexico in 1846. It was soon followed by shipments of commercial and military goods as far . . . Map (db m193341) HM
29Texas (Calhoun County), Indianola — 28 — The War Between U.S. and Mexico — Indian Point
The war between U.S. and Mexico ended on Feb. 2, 1848. The exodus of the American troops from Mexico was a boost to Indian Point. There was an uninterrupted flow of homeward bound troops. The treaty gave the U.S. more land which would benefit the . . . Map (db m193380) HM
30Texas (Calhoun County), Indianola — 35 — U.S. Army Depot — Indianola
In 1850 the U.S. Army selected Indianola as a depot through which supplies would be brought in for the military outpost. Ships were placed in regular service to bring in horses, mules, wagons, and teamsters. These and other supplies were landed at . . . Map (db m193288) HM
 
 
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Oct. 5, 2022