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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Kerrville, Texas

 
Clickable Map of Kerr 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 Kerr County, TX (80) Bandera County, TX (33) Edwards County, TX (18) Gillespie County, TX (138) Kendall County, TX (39) Kimble County, TX (62) Real County, TX (13)  KerrCounty(80) Kerr County (80)  BanderaCounty(33) Bandera County (33)  EdwardsCounty(18) Edwards County (18)  GillespieCounty(138) Gillespie County (138)  KendallCounty(39) Kendall County (39)  KimbleCounty(62) Kimble County (62)  RealCounty(13) Real County (13)
Location of Kerrville, Texas
    Kerr County (80)
    Bandera County (33)
    Edwards County (18)
    Gillespie County (138)
    Kendall County (39)
    Kimble County (62)
    Real County (13)
 
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1Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 18779 — Barnett Chapel Methodist Church
This is the oldest African American church in Kerr County. In 1896, Jim and Josephine Barnett were instrumental in organizing the first religious services for African Americans in Kerrville. The congregation was named Barnett Chapel in their honor. . . . Map (db m135111) HM
2Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 18621 — Beitel Lumberyard
When the SA&AP Railroad made Kerrville the last stop on their line, Frank J. Beitel, owner of several lumberyards in San Antonio, bought land in Kerrville in 1889 to open a lumberyard. With Kerr County's variety of trees and community growth, the . . . Map (db m162375) HM
3Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — Bocock Civil War Cannon
This Civil War cannon was donated to the Kerr County Courthouse by Charles William Bocock III May 8, 2000. Dedicated to all of the men and women of Kerr County throughout the years who have served the State of Texas and the United States of . . . Map (db m163819) WM
4Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 16 — Boeckmann Recreation Hall (1909)715 Water Street
Erected for Capt. Charles Schreiner by Davey & Schott, contractors in 1909, this building became home to William Boeckmann & Co. who operates primarily as a pool hall. Said to be the town's first jeweler, A.E. Self, moved here in 1919 after . . . Map (db m162501) HM
5Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 527 — Brown Cemetery
During the late 1840s, Joshua D. Brown (1816-1876) traveled from Gonzales and established a cypress shingle mill on the site of what is now Kerrville. This cemetery dates from 1872, when Brown's nephew, Thomas Goss was buried here. The graves of . . . Map (db m159743) HM
6Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 710 — Captain Charles Schreiner(1838 - 1927
Enterprising businessman. Born in France. Moved (1852) to U.S. with parents. Served with distinction in Texas Rangers, 1854-1857. Fought with confederacy in Civil War. In 1869 began General Store in Kerrville. Activities expanded to include . . . Map (db m162433) HM
7Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 724 — Captain Joseph A. Tivy
In 1837 Joseph A. Tivy (1818-92) and his two sisters came to Texas from Canada. After serving as a Texas Ranger, Tivy joined his sisters in the California Gold Rush of 1849. There they operated a hotel and he later served in the State Legislature. . . . Map (db m162326) HM
8Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — Charles A. Schreiner
Charles A. Schreiner (1838-1927) was born in Riquewihr, France, and moved to San Antonio, Texas, in 1852. He served in the Texas Rangers from 1854-1857 and the Confederate Army from 1861-1865. On this site in 1869, he opened a small store made of . . . Map (db m162522) HM
9Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 846 — Christian Dietert Mill
German millwright Christian Dietert built mills at Comfort and Fredericksburg before moving here in 1857. With the assistance of a young German miller named Balthasar Lich, he constructed a mill and dam near this site to serve the pioneer settlers . . . Map (db m158218) HM
10Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 18323 — Doyle Colored School
The Doyle School began as an African American school in 1909. The African American community raised $53 to move the frame building of the former school for white students after a new one was built. The land where the building was moved was donated . . . Map (db m135123) HM
11Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 1352 — Early Settlers of Kerr County(The Shingle Makers)
The earliest permanent settler at this point on the Guadalupe was Joshua D. Brown (1816-74), a native of Kentucky who came to Texas in 1830 and settled at Gonzales near a fellow Kentuckian, James Kerr, surveyor and resident manager of Green . . . Map (db m111231) HM
12Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 4 — Fawcett Furniture Building (1882)820 Water Street
The original building was a two-room pioneer homestead where local tradesmen gathered. From 1882 to 1904 this was the site of Walter E. Williams' "Household Furniture Store," where Willis Augustus "W. A." Fawcett worked for Mr. Williams in 1902, . . . Map (db m163820) HM
13Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 1644 — First Baptist Churchof Kerrville
Kerrville Baptist Church was organized in June 1887 with eleven charter members. Seven years later the name was changed to First Baptist Church of Kerrville. Originally meeting in a Union church with other denominations in the community, the . . . Map (db m162336) HM
14Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 1704 — First Christian Church(Disciples of Christ of Kerrville)
In the early 1880s a small group of pioneer Kerrville Women collected funds to build a Union church, and a small sanctuary was completed in 1885. Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, and other congregations shared the building with the Christian . . . Map (db m162399) HM
15Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 1840 — First Presbyterian Church of Kerrville
Presbyterians in Kerrville shared a Union Church with other denominations before a congregation was formally organized in 1888. A small wooden church built that year was replaced by this structure in 1923. Prominent features of the Beaux Arts . . . Map (db m162427) HM
16Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 14483 — First Presbyterian Church of Kerrville
Early settlers to Kerrville met for worship services in the Union church built in 1885. In 1888, seven charter members of the Presbyterian congregation received funds to build their own church. Through the years the congregation has grown along . . . Map (db m162525) HM
17Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — Floyd A. Cailloux
Floyd A. Cailloux (1913-1997), a native of Vinton, Louisiana, served in the United States Army as a Master Sergeant in the Sea of Japan during World War II. Cailloux was founder of SEMCO - Systems Engineering & Manufacturing Company, and . . . Map (db m162518) HM
18Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 17515 — Gatlin Site
The construction of the new Spur 98 bridge across the Guadalupe River in Kerrville in 2004 was the catalyst for an archeological investigation yielding an extensive ancient Native American site near this location. The site yielded an unusually . . . Map (db m162400) HM
19Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 15837 — Great Western Cattle Trail
In 1874, Rancher John T. Lytle founded the Great Wester Cattle Trail, which became the primary route through which cattle came to norther U.S markets. The Route, also known as the Western Trail, the Dodge City Trail and the Fort Griffin Trail, was . . . Map (db m135050) HM
20Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 2309 — Gus F. Schreiner Home
In 1883 wealthy rancher and banker Charles Schreiner bought this land. His son Gus F. (1866-1962) later acquired the property. In 1901 Gus and his wife Huldah (Rummel) (1872-1943) erected the first floor of this house, called "Cedarcrest". "Mr. . . . Map (db m163828) HM
21Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 14000 — Guthrie Building
In continuous use since 1887, this building is one of the oldest in Kerr County. It is named for newspaper publisher Robert Guthrie, who was born in Scotland where generations of his family ran the same newspaper. Robert established the Kerrville . . . Map (db m162426) HM
22Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 17715 — H-E-B
Charles C. Butt, his wife, Florence (Thornton), and their children moved to San Antonio from Memphis, Tennessee, in 1904. The following year they moved to Kerrville, where Florence invested $60 to open the C. C. Butt Grocery Store on November 26, . . . Map (db m144008) HM
23Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 12322 — James Kerr(1790-1850)
Kentucky native James Kerr, the son of a Baptist minister, was reared in Missouri. Kerr fought in the War of 1812 and was later sheriff of St. Charles County, Missouri. He married Angeline Caldwell in 1818 and served in the Missouri Senate and . . . Map (db m111223) HM
24Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — Joshua D. Brown
Kerrville began when Joshua D. Brown (1816-1876) convinced nine men from Gonzales, Texas, to join him making shingles from the plentiful cypress trees along the Guadalupe River. They first arrived in 1846, though the local Indian tribes soon . . . Map (db m162520) HM
25Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 18623 — Kennedy-Peterson House
This home was built in 1914 for seven-term Texas State Representative and Speaker of the House Austin Milton Kennedy (1866-1914), who moved here to assist with his struggles with tuberculosis. Kennedy lived here only three months and died on July . . . Map (db m162524) HM
26Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 2929 — Kerr County
Formed from Bexar County Created January 26, 1856 Organized March 22, 1856 Named in honor of James Kerr, 1790-1850 the first American settler on the Guadalupe River. General manager of DeWitt's Colony signer of the Texas . . . Map (db m111222) HM
27Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 2932 — Kerrville
Kerr County was formally created on January 26, 1856, and named for Republic of Texas soldier and pioneer James Kerr. Among the first settlers in the area was Joshua D. Brown, a veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto. Brown was instrumental in . . . Map (db m162422) HM
28Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 14213 — Kerrville First United Methodist Church
Beginning in 1854, area residents were led by Methodist circuit riders in worship services at various homes and in a brush arbor. In 1858, the Kerrville area was included in the newly designated Rio Grande Conference of the Methodist Episcopal . . . Map (db m162431) HM
29Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 2933 — Kerrville Lodge No. 697, A.F. & A.M.
Organized by Masons affiliated with Rising Star Lodge in nearby Center Point, Kerrville Lodge No. 697 was chartered on December 11, 1890. The 21 charter members elected Ed Smallwood as their first Worshipful Master. A two-story stone building . . . Map (db m162398) HM
30Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 2934 — Kerrville Mountain Sun
The "Kerrville Mountain Sun" can trace its history to an 1870s publication known as "The Frontiersman." Later called "The News," "The Eye," and "The Paper," the "Mountain Sun" was given its current name by J.E. Grinstead after he purchased the . . . Map (db m162428) HM
31Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 14261 — Masonic Building
This locally quarried limestone building is a good example of late Italianate-style architecture. The facade features rough and smooth-dressed stone arched windows and doorways, stone quoins and a projecting pressed metal cornice. Charles . . . Map (db m162434) HM
32Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 17312 — Mount Olive Baptist Church
Organized in September 1902 by Reverend G.W. Merriweather of San Antonio, the Mount Olive Baptist Church congregation first met in a small schoolhouse located on Paschall Street. The first structure was a small, white frame building but, as the . . . Map (db m162413) HM
33Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 16312 — Notre Dame Catholic Church
Originally organized in 1892 as a Mission named St. Mary of the Assumption, it became a Parish church in 1911 under Father Henry Michael Kemper. He moved the church to its permanent location soon after and established a school. In 1915, the church . . . Map (db m162334) HM
34Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 12 — Old Kerrville Post Office (1936)228 Earl Garrett Street
This art deco hollow-tile and stucco building was erected on property purchased from the estate of Capt. Charles Schreiner. The architects were noted Texas architects, Allee B. and Robert M. Ayres of San Antonio. The building is unusual because it . . . Map (db m162442) HM
35Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 15842 — Old Spanish Trail
The Old Spanish Trail was a significant route from San Antonio through Bandera Pass, Camp Verde, Kerrville, Ingram and Mountain Home. For centuries, it was used by Native Americans, including Comanches and Lipan Apaches. Spanish colonists living in . . . Map (db m143981) HM
36Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 4748 — One Mile to Ruins of Camp Verde
Established as a frontier post by the United States Army, July 8, 1855. Headquarters in 1856 for 40 camels sent by Secretary of War Jefferson Davis to be used in a system of overland communication with the West, which proved impracticable. . . . Map (db m111280) HM
37Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 15351 — Order of the Eastern Star Kerrville Chapter #24
This chapter was organized in 1896 with 21 charter members and is the sister organization to the Kerrville Masonic Lodge. The first Worthy Matron was Mary Parsons and the first Worthy Patron was Ed Smallwood. Two members have held the highest . . . Map (db m162416) HM
38Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 16257 — Penateka Comanches
The Penateka, or “honey eaters,” were the southernmost band of Comanches; their range extended from the Edwards Plateau to the beginnings of central Texas rivers. The nomadic Comanches followed buffalo as they migrated, depending on the . . . Map (db m93509) HM
39Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 4486 — Saint Peter's Episcopal Church
Pioneer Episcopalians worshiped at the Kerr County Courthouse in 1881. In 1884-88, they erected a small frame Gothic church. The Rev. J. E. Hole served 1890-91 as first resident Rector; the Rev. Richard Galbraith, 1894-1908, as first permanent . . . Map (db m162331) HM
40Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 18622 — San Antonio & Aransas Pass Passenger Train Depot
In 1887, Kerrville was chosen as the last stop on the SA&AP Railroad. A wood depot was erected four blocks west of here to accommodate the large influx of travelers and trade. The original depot burned in 1913. Lumberyard owner Frank J. Beitel . . . Map (db m162377) HM
41Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — Schreiner Wool WarehouseLehmann's Store
The wall before you is all that remains of the Schreiner wool warehouse and Lehmann's store. The warehouse was built in 1894 by Captain Charles Schreiner and the building was sold to Gus Lehmann in 1937. Removing the front six feet, Gus Lehmann . . . Map (db m162485) HM
42Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 17951 — Scott and Josephine Carr Schreiner
Whitfield Scott Schreiner (1888-1969) and Josephine Carr Schreiner (1893-1984) lived on Water Street in a home designed by Atlee B. Ayres. Scott was involved in many civic groups and businesses, including President of the Chas. Schreiner Co., . . . Map (db m157336) HM
43Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — Sid PetersonHal and Charlie Peterson
Sid Peterson (1868-1939) was born in Lavaca County and came to Kerr County in 1882. As a youth, he worked cattle drives; and in his later years, Peterson became one of the most substantial ranchmen and landholders in the Hill Country. His sons Hal . . . Map (db m162514) HM
44Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 15810 — Starkey Cemetery
This burial ground began as a family plot for the James Monroe and Martha Adeline (Rees) Starkey family. The first burial was for their son, Jones Starkey (d. 1868). J.M. Starkey, who came here in 1854, was Kerr County’s first Assessor and . . . Map (db m162396) HM
45Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 13248 — Texas Lions Camp
Located on land once owned by Kerrville founder Joshua Brown, this has been the site of rehabilitative facilities since the 1920s, when the American Legion established a sanitorium here, followed by a United States Veterans Administration hospital . . . Map (db m162324) HM
46Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 17751 — The Famous Door Cafe
The Famous Door served the African American community in Kerrville for seventy years as a café, grocery store, and most prominently, as a dance hall. Henry Kelley established his café and grocery in the 1920s, at a time when Jim Crow laws . . . Map (db m162395) HM
47Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 18 — The Favorite Saloon Building (1874)709 Water Street
This was perhaps an early design by Alfred Giles, Architect. Constructed by F.J. Hamer beginning in 1874 and purchased in 1876 by William Heuermann, he opened a saloon and grocery. Later known as The Favorite Saloon, it was then operated by . . . Map (db m162505) HM
48Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 5392 — The Original Building of Tivy School
Captain Joseph A. Tivy, a Canadian born in 1818, settled in Kerr County about 1870. He served as Kerrville's first mayor and as a Texas legislator. He surveyed most of the Kerrville area and gave land for a city park. In 1890, he gave 16 and 2/3 . . . Map (db m162330) HM
49Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 5394 — The Pampell Opera House
Originally a frame structure, this building was completed about 1895. It housed the M.V. Gregory Hotel and store when local merchant John L. Pampell (1871-1958) bought the site in 1901. He converted the second floor into a 450-seat auditorium and . . . Map (db m158220) HM
50Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — The Schreiner Building
On this site in 1869, Captain Charles A. Schreiner opened a modest country store made of cypress planks. In 1879, a new building made of limestone blocks hauled by wagon from Comfort, Texas, was constructed to house the growing mercantile and bank . . . Map (db m162432) HM
51Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 5576 — Turtle Creek School and Cemetery
This schoolhouse and nearby burial ground originally served the pioneer settlers of the Turtle Creek area. The oldest marked grave is that of Miles L. Denton (1857 - 75). Also buried in the cemetery is Susan Elizabeth Bird (1866 - 87), the wife of . . . Map (db m159765) HM
52Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 5754 — Wharton Cemetery
One of the earliest settlers in Kerr County, William Watson Wharton (1799-1871) purchased 640 acres when he came here in 1857 with his wife Thankful (1803-1885) and their three sons. The family's cabin stood near this cemetery. Wharton's is the . . . Map (db m156375) HM
53Texas (Kerr County), Kerrville — 12827 — Zion Lutheran Church
This congregation has roots in worship services conducted in family homes as early as 1898 and was organized in 1901 with seven charter families. The Rev. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Hans Ernst Ermisch, who also assisted Lutheran parishes in . . . Map (db m162337) HM
 
Apr. 15, 2021