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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Stephenville, Texas

Clickable Map of Erath 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> Erath County, TX (61) Bosque County, TX (33) Comanche County, TX (48) Eastland County, TX (47) Hamilton County, TX (35) Hood County, TX (43) Palo Pinto County, TX (33) Somervell County, TX (30)  ErathCounty(61) Erath County (61)  BosqueCounty(33) Bosque County (33)  ComancheCounty(48) Comanche County (48)  EastlandCounty(47) Eastland County (47)  HamiltonCounty(35) Hamilton County (35)  HoodCounty(43) Hood County (43)  PaloPintoCounty(33) Palo Pinto County (33)  SomervellCounty(30) Somervell County (30)
Stephenville is the county seat for Erath County
Stephenville is in Erath County
      Erath County (61)  
      Bosque County (33)  
      Comanche County (48)  
      Eastland County (47)  
      Hamilton County (35)  
      Hood County (43)  
      Palo Pinto County (33)  
      Somervell County (30)  
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1 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — 1997 National Champion
Erath County Dairy Judging Team K.R. Averhoff • Sara Trout Randy Carpenter • Tiffany Wood Coaches: Kurt Averhoff • Randal Carpenter • Terry Trout This team accomplished a feat that had never been done in the state of Texas They . . . Map (db m186525) HM
2 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — Blacksmith Shop
Originally located in Selden and moved to Huckabay, the Blacksmith Shop was donated by Nat Wofford and restored by Lance Trinque in 1994.Map (db m186593) HM
3 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — 16023 — Brick Streets of Stephenville
Seeking to improve the town's dirt streets, the Stephenville City Council in 1929 authorized paving by the Thurber Construction Company. High-quality bricks from Thurber (26 mi. NW), popular with builders around the state, were laid over a macadam . . . Map (db m215178) HM
4 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — Buck Cabin
Built on Long Street in Stephenville by former slaves for Silas Buck, this cabin was moved to Paluxy for use as a poultry house. William Brod donated the cabin and it was removed to Stephenville in 1993.Map (db m186590) HM
5 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — Byram Corn Crib
This corn crib was built on a farm between Rock Church and Paluxy for John Meek. In the 1940s, W.D. "Dave" and Mattie Byram purchased the property, and their son James donated the corn crib to the museum in their memory. Legend is that the structure . . . Map (db m186586) HM
6 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — 620 — Cage Home
Merchant, rancher, and banker J. H. Cage bought this property in 1876 and moved his family into an existing house. After his death in 1912, his children had the house moved and in 1913 built this home for their mother, Janie. Designed by the Fort . . . Map (db m215175) HM
7 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — Carmack Cabin
John Wesley and Susan Carmack built this cabin in the Corinth community for a family of ten. G.K. Lewallen donated the building, and three of the children of the Rev. C.F. Carmack financed its reconstruction.Map (db m186589) HM
8 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — Carriage House
This replica of a carriage house was built to house the farm and ranch items inappropriate for display in the Berry Cottage.Map (db m186636) HM
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9 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — Center Grove Schoolhouse
Families from Alabama settled in the Center Grove Community and in the 1890s erected a schoolhouse. This builing, donated by Mr. and Mrs. John B. Collier IV, was moved from the Diamond C Ranch.Map (db m186578) HM
10 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — 17212 — Corinth Cemetery
In 1880, North Carolina native Dr. William Wallace McNeill and his wife, Elizabeth Ann (Bell), deeded land to the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, for a church, school and cemetery. The burial ground is the last remaining historic trace of the . . . Map (db m174942) HM
11 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — Cowan Cabin
Built by Isaac Cowan to meet requirements of the Homestead Act, this cabin was donated by E.L. Rhoades, Jr. Erected on the banks of Richardson Creek, the cabin had a floor of stone.Map (db m186587) HM
12 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — 16446 — Crow Home
Tennessee natives Dr. Martin Swan Crow (1833-1892) and his wife Mollie Jane (George) Crow (1843-1910) arrived in Stephenville in 1871. Dr. Crow operated a successful medical practice and drug store, and he invested heavily in real estate. Mrs. Crow . . . Map (db m186573) HM
13 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — 1122 — Crow Opera House
The first floor of this limestone building, erected before 1892, housed the Erath County National Bank, with Dr. M.S. Crow as president. His wife Mollie Jane Crow suggested use of the top floor for cultural events. The opera house auditorium, which . . . Map (db m186564) HM
14 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — 6397 — Daniel Roberts Thornton and Mary Anna (Garland) Thornton(1833-1911) and (1837-1906)
D. R. Thornton from Mississippi married Mary Anna, daughter of frontier fighter Peter Garland in Anderson County, Texas, in 1853. The Thorntons settled here in 1857 as cattleraisers, and helped make this frontier safe for less hardy citizens. Mrs. . . . Map (db m83867) HM
15 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — 18519 — Dawson Saloon
Dating from the early 1880s, downtown Stephenville consisted of wood frame and masonry one-part and two part commercial block buildings, oriented around the county courthouse. The Dawson Saloon building was constructed in the early to mid-1890s on a . . . Map (db m186528) HM
16 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — Dog Trot Cabin
A Dog Trot Cabin consisted of two pens, one forming the living quarters and the other a kitchen. The pens were connected by a breezeway, known as a dog trot or dog run.Map (db m186584) HM
17 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — 15792 — Erath Arches
The Erath Arches were constructed in honor of soldier, surveyor, and legislator George B. Erath (1813-1891), for whom Erath County was named in 1856. The monument was one of many built around the state to celebrate the 1936 centennial of Texas . . . Map (db m117455) HM
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18 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — 1494 — Erath County Courthouse
Founded in 1854 and named for early settler and land donor John M. Stephen, the town of Stephenville became county seat when Erath County was created in 1856. The first county courthouse, a wood frame structure built in 1856, was destroyed by fire . . . Map (db m186526) HM
19 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — Erath County CSA War Memorial
In memory of Major George B. Erath, CSA and the more than 600 Confederate Veterans of the War between the States, who rest beneath the rich soil of Erath County. Ordinary men from across the South took up arms to fight an extraordinary war. . . . Map (db m186547) WM
20 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — Erath County War Memorial
Erath County Honors Its Veterans of WW I WW II Korea Vietnam Desert Storm and Other Military Actions We Are Proud of You Duty Honor Country Our Men and Women of the Army Navy Marine Air Force Coast Guard Merchant . . . Map (db m186548) WM
21 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — 1771 — First Methodist Church of Stephenville
This congregation, organized in 1855 with ten charter members, traces its history to the founding of Stephenville. Early worship services were held in the masonic lodge building on the town square. A sanctuary erected in the 1890s was replaced by . . . Map (db m186523) HM
22 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — 1785 — First National Bank Building
Built in 1889 to house the city's first bank, this is the earliest of three structures on the town square designed by prominent San Antonio architect J. Riely Gordon. It features elaborate stonework and large arches typical of Romanesque Revival . . . Map (db m186527) HM
23 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — In Memory of George Bernhard Erath
Protector of the Texas frontier. Hero of San Jacinto. Major in the Confederate Army. Member of the Texas Congress and Legislature. Born in Vienna, Austria January 1, 1813. Died at Waco, Texas May 15, 1891. Erath County was named in his honor. . . . Map (db m117456) HM
24 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — 2814 — John Tarleton
John Tarleton was an orphan, who at an early age worked his way from New England to Knoxville, Tennessee. Employed in a dry goods store for over forty years, he invested in government land certificates, eventually securing patents to thousands of . . . Map (db m201929) HM
25 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — Jones Cabin
Living quarters for the Dog Trot cabin were donated by Mr. and Mrs. Billy Jones. The cabin was built by his grandfather in the Paluxy community in 1896.Map (db m186585) HM
26 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — Lest We Forget
This memorial is dedicated by the grateful citizens of Erath County to the memory of those who gave their lives that freedom and justice shall not perish from the earth. World War I 1917 - 1918 World War II 1941 - 1945 World . . . Map (db m186554) WM
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27 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — McCormick-Deering 15-30 Tractor
The McCormick-Deering steel-wheeled, kerosene-powered 15-30 tractor was a popular farm model between 1921 and 1934. Even after the 1930 model like you see here benefitted from an increase to 22-36 horsepower, International Harvester maintained the . . . Map (db m186581) HM
28 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — 13203 — Oak Dale Cemetery
Founders of Oak Dale community began arriving in 1867. They included: John R. Pickard; George Lidia, who became Pickard's son-in-law; the Rev. James M. Johnson, a Methodist minister; and William Jasper Mefferd. These men and their families, . . . Map (db m83874) HM
29 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — 3841 — Oldest Home in Stephenville
Built in 1869, by J.D. Berry. Native limestone, Victorian architecture distinguished by steep roof, narrow windows, filigree gingerbread trim. Purchased 1965. Restored by public donation sponsored by Stephenville Study Club to house historical . . . Map (db m186594) HM
30 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — 5112 — Stephenville Churchof 1900
The Rev. John William Everds led his Presbyterian congregation in raising funds to erect this church, 1899-1900. It was designed by local builder and church leader William John Wilson. Fishscale shingling decorates the steeple of this Carpenter . . . Map (db m186576) HM
31 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — 15760 — Stephenville Drug Stores
Local drug stores were an important and essential part of the economy and well-being of early Texas towns. This site at the corner of Washington and Belknap streets served as the location of a series of Stephenville drug stores from 1899 until 1994. . . . Map (db m186562) HM
32 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — 17230 — Stephenville Masonic Lodge No. 267
The Masonic Lodge in Stephenville organized on July 23, 1860, with 24 masons assembling, including town founder John M. Stephen and four visitors from Gatesville Lodge No. 197. Members first met in a two-story log building facing Belknap Street, . . . Map (db m186524) HM
33 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — Tarleton Ranch House
John Tarleton, benefactor of the Stephenville college operated a 10,000-acre ranch in Erath and Palo Pinto counties in the 1880s and 1890s. John and David Laird donated this building which served as headquarters, and it was moved to this site in . . . Map (db m186579) HM
34 Texas, Erath County, Stephenville — Walker Cabin
For a time, the kitchen pen of the Dog Trot cabin was home for the Boy Scouts Troop 39. A fire damaged one wall. Dr. Robert Walker donated the remains to the museum, and a colonial fireplace was erected to replace the damaged wall.Map (db m186583) HM
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Apr. 13, 2024