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Historical Markers and War Memorials in La Grange, Texas

 
Clickable Map of Fayette 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 Fayette County, TX (127) Austin County, TX (89) Bastrop County, TX (39) Caldwell County, TX (29) Colorado County, TX (96) Gonzales County, TX (75) Lavaca County, TX (86) Lee County, TX (19) Washington County, TX (130)  FayetteCounty(127) Fayette County (127)  AustinCounty(89) Austin County (89)  BastropCounty(39) Bastrop County (39)  CaldwellCounty(29) Caldwell County (29)  ColoradoCounty(96) Colorado County (96)  GonzalesCounty(75) Gonzales County (75)  LavacaCounty(86) Lavaca County (86)  LeeCounty(19) Lee County (19)  WashingtonCounty(130) Washington County (130)
La Grange is in Fayette County
      Fayette County (127)  
      Austin County (89)  
      Bastrop County (39)  
      Caldwell County (29)  
      Colorado County (96)  
      Gonzales County (75)  
      Lavaca County (86)  
      Lee County (19)  
      Washington County (130)  
 
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1Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — 353 — Beer Office and Bottling Company
F.W. Grassmeyer commissioned German-Texan stonemasons to construct this Italianate style commercial building between 1856 and 1859. The structure served as a hotel until 1893, when German immigrant Fritz Presun purchased it as a regional sales . . . Map (db m61301) HM
2Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — 417 — Birthplace of the SPJST
On December 28, 1896, twenty-five Czech-Texans gathered in the district courtroom of this courthouse to establish a new fraternal benefit insurance society, the Slovanska Podporujici Jednota Statu Texas, more commonly known a the SPJST. The SPJST . . . Map (db m71597) HM
3Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — 486 — Bradshaw-Killough House
Built in 1886 for local merchant Amzi T. Bradshaw and his wife Sarah, this house was purchased in 1908 by their daughter Nellie and her husband John Killough. In 1924, the Killoughs extensively altered the Victorian-era wood frame residence by . . . Map (db m71629) HM
4Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — 18722 — Casino Hall
Commissioned by the Casino Association of La Grange, construction of the Casino Hall began in 1880. Designed by James Wahrenberger of Austin, the 10,000-square-foot structure was built by John T. Campbell for $12,000. It served the community as a . . . Map (db m183174) HM
5Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — 11787 — Cedar Cemetery
John and William Lewis settled in the La Grange area in the 1830s and established a family cemetery here. The earliest marked grave is that of Carl Huebner in 1857. John and Ann Lewis donated 1.25 acres of land for the cemetery in 1879. All records . . . Map (db m183144) HM
6Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — 876 — City Library Building
. . . Map (db m109027) HM
7Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — 1579 — Fayette County
Formed from Colorado and Bastrop Counties Created December 14, 1837 Organized January 1, 1838 Named in Honor of Marquis de la Fayette 1757-1834 Nobleman and Republican Friend of Washington and of the United States County Seat, La . . . Map (db m183276) HM
8Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — 12627 — Fayette County Courthouse
About 1890, the structural safety of Fayette County's third courthouse came into question, and plans began for the building of this structure to serve as the seat of justice for the county. The commissioners court hired San Antonio architect James . . . Map (db m53236) HM
9Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — 18757 — Fayette County Jail
When the Congress of the Republic of Texas established Fayette County in 1837, La Grange became its seat of government. A county jail was built in 1838 and used for ten years before it was sold. In 1853, the county purchased two lots in block 33 for . . . Map (db m183156) HM
10Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — 1581 — Fayette County, C.S.A.
Although voted 600 against to 580 for secession, began Confederate recruiting in June 1861. La Grange was headquarters for 22nd Brigade, Texas State Troops, Brig. Gen. Wm. G. Webb commanding, of which 18 companies (1,238 men ) and 72 officers were . . . Map (db m84614) HM
11Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — 13237 — Hermes House
German native Dr. William A. Hermes moved to La Grange in 1855 to practice medicine. He opened Hermes Drug Store the following year with his partner, Dr. Eck. His two sons, August and William, Jr., earned pharmacy degrees and joined the family . . . Map (db m71627) HM
12Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — 3076 — James Seaton Lester
Delegate to the 1835 Consultation San Jacinto Veteran. Member of Four Republic of Texas Congresses.Map (db m183273) HM
13Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — 12755 — Kreische Complex
German immigrant Heinrich Kreische (1821-1882) purchased nearly 175 acres of property in Fayette County in 1849. A stonemason by trade, he built a house, barn and smokehouse here on the high south bluff above the Colorado River. In the 1860s, . . . Map (db m53216) HM
14Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — 17091 — La Fayette Masonic Lodge No. 34 A.F. & A.M.
La Grange's Masonic Lodge organized in 1847, with John Murchison as the first Worshipful Master. Historically, Masons have supported many civic causes including education. The La Fayette Lodge laid the cornerstone for the Fayette County Courthouse . . . Map (db m84605) HM
15Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — Lester Hotel
220 & 222 North Washington 164, 160, 152 & 148 West Colorado Winter 1888 As early as the 1840's a frame building stood on this site serving as a hotel under many different names including the Eagle Hotel, Carter Hotel, La Grange Hotel, . . . Map (db m183159) HM
16Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — 12756 — Monument Hill Tomb
In September 1848, the remains of Texans killed in the 1842 Dawson Massacre and the 1843 “Black Bean Death Lottery” were reburied at this site in a sandstone vault. The Kreische family did its best to care for the grave during their . . . Map (db m53218) HM
17Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — 873 — Old City Cemetery
Used for burials by 1840, this site was deeded by J. S. Lester to trustees who conveyed it to La Grange after incorporation of the city on July 3, 1854. Fourteen townswomen on April 17, 1873, formed what was probably the first such organization . . . Map (db m84613) HM
18Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — 4161 — Rabb's Prairie
This portion of Fayette County is named for William Rabb (1770-1831), a prosperous miller from Pennsylvania who came to Texas in 1821 with members of his family. Rabb claimed a site on the east side of the Colorado River he had selected during an . . . Map (db m61297) HM
19Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — 5580 — Site of a Twin Blockhouse
Built about 1828 - used as a place of defense against the Indians and known as Moore's Fort in honor of its builder and owner, John Henry Moore, 1800-1880, noted Indian fighter and commander of the Texans at the Battle of Gonzales, October 2, 1835 - . . . Map (db m53228) HM
20Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — 575 — Site of Burnam's Ferry
(obverse) First ferry in present-day Fayette County. Established about 1824 at the crossing of the La Bahia Road by Jesse Burnam. After the Army of the Republic of Texas crossed on March 19, 1836, the ferry was destroyed by order of General . . . Map (db m53220) HM
21Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — 4443 — St. James Episcopal Church
Built in 1885 for parish formed in 1855. On lot donated by Shropshire family. In continuous use as only Episcopal Church in Fayette County. Original furnishings, handmade by rector and congregation, still in use. Recorded Texas Historic . . . Map (db m183217) HM
22Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — Texas Rangers Memorial
In Memory of Rangers Who Served in Mier & Dawson Expeditions Former Texas Rangers Assoc.Map (db m183277) WM
23Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — 1184/2495 — The Dawson Expedition / Historic Oak Tree
The Dawson Expedition Under this historic oak on September 15, 1842, Capt. Nicholas Mosby Dawson organized his company of Fayette County mounted volunteers, who rushed to reinforce Col. Matthew Caldwell, after San Antonio was captured by . . . Map (db m53231) HM
24Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — The Dawson Memorial
Erected by the State of Texas to the memory of her defenders Captain N. H. Dawson and his command. Who fell at the battle of Salado Texas Sept. 18th, 1842. . . . Map (db m80829) HM WM
25Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — The Deaths of Dr. Richard Fox Brenham and Ewen Cameron
On February 11, 1843, Captain Ewen Cameron led Texan prisoners from the Dawson and Mier expeditions in an escape from Hacienda Salado, 80 miles south of Saltillo, Coahuila. Dr. Richard Fox Brenham died attempting escape, one of five Texans killed. . . . Map (db m184149) HM
26Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — The Drawing of the Black BeansMarch 25, 1843
At Hacienda Salado, 80 miles south of Saltillo, Coahuila, on March 25, 1843, the 176 recaptured Texans who had escaped from the hacienda on February 11, 1843, were told that one-tenth of them would be executed on order from Santa Anna. The Texans . . . Map (db m184168) HM
27Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — The Final Resting Place
In 1848, a group of La Grange citizens retrieved the bodies of Dawson's men from Salado Creek. The same year the bones of the victims of the black bean episode were returned also, after being exhumed at Hacienda Salado by Major Walter P. Lane during . . . Map (db m184117) HM
28Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — 5607 — The First U.S. Postal Rural Mail Route in Texas
Authorized effective August 1, 1899 La Grange, Fayette CountyMap (db m95433) HM
29Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — The Men of the Dawson MassacreSeptember 18, 1842
When Mexican General Adrian Woll attacked San Antonio on September 11, 1842, Nicholas Mosby Dawson and the men who joined him reacted so quickly to the alarm that a muster roll was not taken. Only eighteen men survived the Dawson Massacre, which . . . Map (db m184154) HM
30Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — The Survivors of the Dawson MassacreSeptember 18, 1842
Eighteen men survived the Dawson Massacre, which occurred near Salado Creek, within present San Antonio (not Salado, Texas, as stated on the tomb). The following is a corrected list of the survivors: Three men escaped from the battle: Thomas . . . Map (db m184132) HM
31Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — 20072 — Webb-Schneider House
In 1844, Georgia native William Graham Webb (1824-1902) immigrated to Texas and settled in La Grange. Soon after his arrival in Texas, Webb enlisted as a private during the U.S. - Mexico War, where he joined Jack Coffee Hays' Regiment of the Texas . . . Map (db m183175) HM
32Texas (Fayette County), La Grange — 18523 — Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1867
From the time of the first European settlers in Texas, yellow fever was a serious concern. Transmitted through mosquitoes, epidemics in the summer months were prevalent in coastal cities all over North America in the nineteenth century. At the time, . . . Map (db m109026) HM
 
 
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