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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Taylor, Texas

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Georgetown is the county seat for Williamson County
Taylor is in Williamson County
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1 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — 9037 — Battle of Brushy Creek
A skirmish between Comanche raiders and a local militia near here in mid-winter (1839) led to the last major battle between Anglo settlers and Indians in Williamson County. The Comanche retaliated on February 18, 1839, by attacking several area . . . Map (db m201942) HM
2 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — 9320 — Bill Pickett(ca. December 1870 - March 25, 1932)
The son of a former slave, Willie M. (Bill) Pickett grew up in Taylor. Working as a cowboy in central Texas, he pioneered the art of “bulldogging,” in which a cowboy jumps from his horse to twist a steer’s horns to force it to the ground. One of . . . Map (db m13785) HM
3 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — 9304 — Birthplace of Governor Dan Moody(June 1, 1893-May 22, 1966)
A crusader for integrity in public office. Born in Taylor, Williamson County; son of Daniel and Nancy Elizabeth Robertson Moody. At 16 entered University of Texas, where he completed law school. After World War I service, won election to the . . . Map (db m115366) HM
4 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — 9034 — Booth House
This house was built about 1880 for Crawford Henry Booth (1843–1937), a prominent local rancher and banker. An unusual local example of the L-plan vernacular form, the house features many Queen Anne details, including an octagonal turret . . . Map (db m138636) HM
5 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — 9358 — City of Taylor
When the International & Great Northern Railroad built across Williamson County in 1876, one of the towns created along its route was “Taylorsville,” named for railroad executive Moses Taylor. Lots were sold in June, and the post office opened on . . . Map (db m2743) HM
6 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — 9047 — Doak Home
Built in 1860s. Ranch style forerunner. Since 1878 in the family of A. V. Doak, Taylor’s first doctor, organizer of mule-drawn streetcar line, civic leader. Son, Dr. Edmond Doak, b. 1878, has spent lifetime in this house. Grandson is Dr. E. K. Doak . . . Map (db m2948) HM
7 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — 9046 — Doak Pavilion Site(25 Feet West)
Built 1891 by Dr. A. V. Doak, early settler and civic leader, at end of his street car line, which operated three mule-drawn cars. Used for plays, dances, other amusements. Held crowds of 1,000. In 1900 the pavilion was sold and dismantled.Map (db m138635) HM
8 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — 13616 — Dr. James Lee Dickey
Physician, humanitarian, civil rights advocate and concerned citizen Dr. James Lee Dickey (d. 1959) had a profound effect on the quality of life in his adopted hometown of Taylor. Born in McLennan County in 1893, he attended Waco public schools . . . Map (db m3087) HM
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9 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — 9086 — Eikel-Prewitt Building
Albert Eikel (b. 1852) had this building constructed in 1893 to house the Eikel Hardware Company. The three-story, brick commercial structure was designed by prominent Williamson County architect Henry Struve. The building was purchased in 1923 by . . . Map (db m3197) HM
10 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — 17362 — First Baptist Church
In 1883, young black evangelist Dr. I. Benjamin Toliver held a tent revival in a grassy field at this site. In 1886, Dr. Toliver officially organized Mt. Aria Baptist Church work on a permanent sanctuary began that year and was completed in 1904. . . . Map (db m210579) HM
11 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — 9091 — First Christian Church of Taylor
Founded Dec. 9, 1877, with 22 charter members from churches in "old home" states. Gen. R. M. Gano of Dallas preached daily during ensuing week, and 20 others joined the church. The initial meeting was in an Odd Fellows hall. In 1878, a church . . . Map (db m3379) HM
12 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — 9092 — First Presbyterian Church of Taylor
The history of this church can be traced to 1876, when a Presbyterian congregation here was closely associated with the Presbyterian church in Georgetown. The Rev. John McMurray led both congregations, and the earliest written recognition of the . . . Map (db m3526) HM
13 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — 9032 — Howard Bland, Sr.
Born in Zanesville, Ohio, Howard Bland, Sr., came to Texas in 1878 and began raising sheep on his homestead near this site. An annual sheep shearing contest evolved into a community fair, and Bland donated land for the annual event. His other . . . Map (db m4281) HM
14 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — 9110 — Immanuel Lutheran Church
German immigrants began settling in the new railroad town of Taylor in the 1880s. Lutheran worship services were held as early as 1885, and the Rev. I. J. Glatzle and fourteen families formally organized this congregation in 1888. The Rev. Gus . . . Map (db m138633) HM
15 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — 9327 — James O. Rice
South Carolina-born James O. Rice migrated to Texas by 1835 and served in the Texas Army during the War for Independence. In early days of the Republic of Texas, he protected frontier settlements as part of a Texas Ranger company. On May 17, 1839, . . . Map (db m75834) HM
16 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — 9142 — Kimbro Family Cemetery
This small family cemetery contains the graves of members of a pioneer Williamson County family. Named for Daniel Kimbro, who was buried here in 1882, the plot remained in family ownership for over one hundred years. Daniel Kimbro arrived in . . . Map (db m4440) HM
17 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — 9344 — Luther Stearns, Sr.(Nov. 6, 1784 - Jan. 26, 1859)
Born in Chesterfield, Mass., Luther Stearns lived in the frontier regions of four states before moving to newly formed Williamson Co., Texas, in 1848. In 1850 he bought 650 acres on the San Gabriel River, where he built a 1-1/2 story log home and . . . Map (db m4606) HM
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18 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — 16563 — M.B. Norman House
In 1873, Mart B. Norman (1856-1921) came to this area, which would later be called Norman’s Crossing. M.B. Norman farmed, ran a general store and co-owned a cotton gin in the community later named for him. In 1906, he purchased this property and . . . Map (db m138628) HM
19 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — 13070 — Preslar-Hewitt Building
The early growth of Taylor as a vital cotton and railroad center is reflected in its historic business district. Hugo Hunke built this two-story commercial structure in 1914 to anchor an important block. It provided first floor space for two . . . Map (db m25547) HM
20 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — 9337 — Shiloh Baptist Church
Founded Nov. 2, 1854, by 18 charter members. Services and revivals were often held under brush arbors at two early meeting sites (Located 3 mi. NE and 2 mi. S of here). Building retains its simple pioneer style even with modern interior and siding.Map (db m25178) HM
21 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — 9310 — Site of New Bern Church, School, and Cemetery
Swiss and German immigrants who settled here in the early 1890s named their settlement for Bern, Switzerland. In 1892 the newly organized St. John Lutheran Church built a sanctuary which also housed the New Bern school here on 2.5 acres donated by . . . Map (db m25417) HM
22 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — 9334 — St. James Church
First Episcopal services in Taylor were held 1878 by the Rev. E. Wickens, a missionary. Visitations were also made by the Rt. Rev. Alexander Gregg, first bishop of Texas. Services were in homes and opera house. This church of cypress, oak and pine . . . Map (db m24939) HM
23 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — 13290 — Taylor Brethren Church
During the 1880s, many Czech Protestant immigrants who settled in the Taylor area were members of the Unity of the Brethren, founded in 1457 by followers of the Czech reformer and martyr Jan Hus. These local Brethren found it difficult to worship . . . Map (db m25219) HM
24 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — Taylor City Cemetery War Memorial
In Memory of Those Who Served God and CountryMap (db m210581) WM
25 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — 9354 — Taylor National Bank
A.O. Watson of Austin designed this red sandstone building for the Taylor National Bank, which was organized in 1888. Completed in 1894, it has also housed the law firm of Mantor and Briggs, an office of the Weather Bureau, and the Taylor Refining . . . Map (db m24949) HM
26 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — 9359 — Taylor Post Office
The first post office established in this community opened in 1876 under the name Taylorville. In 1882, when the city was incorporated, it was renamed Taylor. The post office was housed in a number of locations until this structure was built in . . . Map (db m24950) HM
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27 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — 17073 — Tex Avery
Born in Taylor on February 26, 1908, Frederick Bean “Tex” Avery is one of the most important figures in the history of animation, directing cartoons at Warner Brothers and MGM from 1935 to 1955. He developed such legendary characters as Bugs . . . Map (db m148965) HM
28 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — 9360 — The Taylor Public Schools
From 1877 until 1880, several private schools served residents of the Taylor area. In 1880 a public institution, The Stock Company School, was built and maintained by a group of private citizens. A school for black children of the community opened . . . Map (db m25180) HM
29 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — 9361 — The Tenth Street United Methodist Church
Services conducted in 1896-98 by the Rev. C. Charnquist in homes of Taylor’s early settlers led to the founding (1900) of the Swedish Methodist Episcopal Church, North. Buying the chapel of a disbanded group, the congregation increased, moving . . . Map (db m25421) HM
30 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — The Veterans of Taylor, Texas
This memorial honors the veterans of Taylor, Texas who served their country so that we might live in freedom. We remember those brave men and women on the 125 th. birthday of our city.Map (db m210582) WM
31 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — 9366 — Tucker-Smith House
Built in 1892 by prominent local lumber man J.E. Tucker, this residence originally reflected the Queen Anne style. Decker Franklin Smith purchased the house in 1905. In 1916 Smith extensively remodeled the house in the Mission style, which was . . . Map (db m25507) HM
32 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — 17839 — Wedemeyer Hospital Site
Occupied 1915 by early prominent physician, Dr. G.A. Wedemeyer (Aug. 26, 1875 – Jan. 24, 1963), a native of Burton, Washington County, who came to Taylor 1905. Hospital was continuously operated until 1957; then became retirement home. Exterior . . . Map (db m201986) HM
33 Texas, Williamson County, Taylor — 15206 — Wilson Springs Cemetery
Located on land originally granted to George Washington Glasscock, the Wilson Spring Cemetery was established by the family of John S. Wilson, who purchased the land in 1854. His brother, Robert W. Wilson, acquired the land in 1857, and a . . . Map (db m25555) HM
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Jun. 9, 2023