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By QuesterMark, September 6, 2021
Bethel Cemetery and Marker
1Texas (Anderson County), Bethel — 8737 — Bethel Cemetery
Originally part of a Mexican land grant awarded to Jose de Jesus Grande in 1828, land at this site was later granted to early area settler Henry Rampy. Rampy, who had come to this part of Texas in 1848, deeded 5 acres of his land in 1859 for a . . . Map (db m181660) HM
2Texas (Anderson County), Elkhart — 8799 — Pilgrim Predestinarian Regular Baptist Church
Organized in Illinois in 1833 by Daniel Parker Members moved to Texas First meeting in Stephen F. Austin's Colony January 20, 1834 Log church built December, 1839 Old graveyard adjoins. Present church fourth on the same site . . . Map (db m36924) HM
3Texas (Anderson County), Frankston — 8755 — Frankston City Park
In 1900 the Texas & New Orleans Railroad built a line through this area and plotted a townsite here on land owned by Frankie Miller. The town was named for "Miss Frankie" who donated this site, known as the Town Square, for a city park. By 1908 a . . . Map (db m161088) HM
4Texas (Anderson County), Frankston — 8756 — Frankston Railroad Depot
In 1900 the Texas & New Orleans Railroad, now part of the Southern Pacific line, platted the town of Frankston. The station was first called Frankport and the post office Ayres. Both were renamed Frankston in 1902 for Miss Frankie Miller, who gave . . . Map (db m102007) HM
5Texas (Anderson County), Frankston — 8783 — Mount Vernon United Methodist Church
Early denominational records indicate that this congregation was in existence as a mission church as early as 1880. In 1896, A.L. and Susanna Herrington donated one acre to the county to be used for a free school. A one-room school building was . . . Map (db m161100) HM
6Texas (Anderson County), Frankston — 8770 — Site of the Kickapoo Battlefield
Here General Thomas J. Rusk with 200 Texans on October 16, 1838, attacked a band of hostile Indians and allied Mexicans, molestors of frontier settlements, and routed them.Map (db m102008) HM
7Texas (Anderson County), Montalba — 8779 — Old Montalba
In area known as Beaver Valley, settled about 1853 -- the year that pioneer P. G. Oldham built his home a half-mile northwest of this marker. This was on the Palestine-Athens Road, the route taken by mail hacks in early days. To the east was a . . . Map (db m155482) HM
8Texas (Anderson County), Mound Prairie — 8781 — Mound Prairie Cemetery
The earliest marked graves in this cemetery date to the late 1850s. Although settlement of the Mound Prairie community occurred much earlier. Mound Prairie, once the home of a Baptist College known as Mound Prairie Institute, declined during the . . . Map (db m161101) HM
9Texas (Anderson County), Neches — 8780 — Murdoch McDonald
Murdoch McDonald was born in North Carolina on February 15, 1810, the son of Scottish immigrants. About 1832 he went to Georgia, where he met Dr. George Lester. In 1839, McDonald, along with Lester and his family, came to Texas. Settling in the . . . Map (db m136105) HM
10Texas (Anderson County), Palestine — 8731 — Anderson County
Created March 24, 1846, from Houston County Organized July 13, 1846 with Palestine as the county seat Named in honor of Kenneth Lewis Anderson Vice-President of the Republic of Texas 1844-45Map (db m128942) HM
11Texas (Anderson County), Palestine — 8732 — Anderson County Courthouse
Created by the Texas Legislature on March 24, 1846, Anderson County was named for former Republic of Texas Vice President Kenneth L. Anderson. The first court in the new county was held in a log house at nearby Fort Houston in 1846. The first . . . Map (db m128934) HM
12Texas (Anderson County), Palestine — 17255 — Anderson County in the Civil War
After the creation of Anderson County in 1846, most settlers came from southern states, shaping the county’s destiny in the Civil War. When Texas became the seventh state to secede from the Union on March 2, 1861, the county vote, 870 to 15, was . . . Map (db m182382) HM
13Texas (Anderson County), Palestine — 8804 — Christopher Columbus Rogers
Born in Palestine in June 1850, Christopher Columbus Rogers was a noted and controversial lawman. Although his family moved to a rural area, Rogers returned to Palestine and lived with his sister, Eliza, and her husband, James Ewing. Rogers was 13 . . . Map (db m155446) HM
14Texas (Anderson County), Palestine — 16925 — Col. Homer Garrison, Jr.
Born in Kickapoo (Anderson Co.) in 1901, Homer Garrison was the son of Mattie (Milam) and Homer Garrison, Sr. The family moved to Angelina County, where Homer, Sr. served as District Clerk. Homer, Jr. graduated from Lufkin High School and worked for . . . Map (db m128944) HM
15Texas (Anderson County), Palestine — 16336 — Dr. Bonner Frizzell
Bonner Frizzell was born in the Pine Grove Community, near Athens, in 1882. He was the son of William Asachel and Frances Missouri (Knight) Frizzell. Bonner attended high school at Bruce Academy in Athens and then moved to Tyler to attend Tyler . . . Map (db m128978) HM
16Texas (Anderson County), Palestine — 8752 — Fort Houston
A fort and stockade built about 1836 on the public square of the town of Houston (then in Houston County), as a protection against the Indians, by order of General Sam Houston, Commander-in-Chief of the Texan Armies. The town was abandoned in 1846 . . . Map (db m182048) HM
17Texas (Anderson County), Palestine — 8753 — Fort Houston(Site one-fourth mile south)
A stockade and blockhouse of the Republic of Texas. Built in 1835-1836 to protect settlers who founded Houston, a pioneer town, now in Anderson County. Friendly Indians would come to trade at the site, but wary settlers often slept inside the . . . Map (db m182049) HM
18Texas (Anderson County), Palestine — 8754 — Fort Houston Cemetery
In 1835, Joseph Jordan and William S. McDonald donated about 500 acres of land in this area for the town of Houston, later known as Fort Houston. An early map of the townsite shows a section designated as a "public burying ground." The infant . . . Map (db m181890) HM
19Texas (Anderson County), Palestine — 8740 — Governor Thomas Mitchell Campbell(April 22, 1856 - April 1, 1923)
Born near Rusk in Cherokee County, Thomas Mitchell Campbell was the son of Thomas Duncan and Rachel (Moore) Campbell. He financed his education by working for the County Clerk in Longview. In 1878 Campbell was admitted to the Bar and opened his law . . . Map (db m128941) HM
20Texas (Anderson County), Palestine — 8803 — John H. Reagan
John Henninger Reagan, son of Timothy and Elizabeth Lusk Reagan, was born on October 18, 1818, in Sevierville, Tennessee. He joined the Republic of Texas Army in 1839 and served in the Cherokee War. In the early 1840s, he held several public . . . Map (db m128981) HM
21Texas (Anderson County), Palestine — 8803 — John H. Reagan
John Henninger Reagan, son of Timothy and Elizabeth Lusk Reagan, was born on October 18, 1818, in Sevierville, Tennessee. He joined the Republic of Texas Army in 1839 and served in the Cherokee War. In the early 1840s he held several public . . . Map (db m182822) HM
22Texas (Anderson County), Palestine — 8802 — John H. Reagan Monument
(Front):John H. Reagan (Right):"The Old Roman's highest ambition was to do his full duty; consciousness of having done it was his ample reward." (Left):"A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor . . . Map (db m17496) HM
23Texas (Anderson County), Palestine — 8772 — Kolstad Jewelers
Soren Kolstad (1823 - 1918), a skilled artisan and clockmaker, migrated to Texas from his native Norway in 1852. He settled in Palestine, where he opened a jewelry store in 1853. The store has occupied four locations. Mahogany display cases, . . . Map (db m182449) HM
24Texas (Anderson County), Palestine — 12630 — Micham Main
Little is known about this Anderson County pioneer until he married Elizabeth Van Winkle in Crawford County, Illinois, in 1820. The Mains lived in the Illinois township of Palestine until 1833, when, drawn by a favorable change in the Mexican . . . Map (db m128935) HM
25Texas (Anderson County), Palestine — 20147 — Osjetea Briggs
Native American photographer, artist and writer Osjetea Briggs was born on December 14, 1917, to Simeon Singleton Briggs (1877-1974) and Docia Augusta (Gant) Briggs (1894-1969) in Groesbeck, Limestone County, Texas. Following her high school . . . Map (db m186131) HM
26Texas (Anderson County), Palestine — 8790 — Palestine High School
A public school system in Palestine was established in 1881 under control of the municipal government. The first classes were held at the old Palestine Female Institute (built in 1858), then a high school was built in 1888 at the Institute site on . . . Map (db m128980) HM
27Texas (Anderson County), Palestine — 8792 — Palestine Salt Works C.S.A.
(Front and southwest side): Located 6.5 miles southwest during the Civil War this salt works was assigned to produce salt for the Confederacy at a fixed price of eight dollars for a hundred-pound sack. Private customers from East Texas, . . . Map (db m31881) HM
28Texas (Anderson County), Palestine — 17650 — Purvey Lee (P. L.) Chism
P.L. Chism’s devotion to education was unsurpassed. From the time of his youth, through his many years as a teacher, principal, superintendent and supervisor, he never stopped challenging himself and others for education. Purvey Lee Chism was born . . . Map (db m128938) HM
29Texas (Anderson County), Palestine — 15921 — Robert (Bob) Knight
As a coach of athletics and a youth mentor, Robert (Bob) Knight positively influenced the lives of countless Palestine citizens. He was born in Iredell (Bosque County) in 1909, the last of eight children of William and Missouri Jane (Hand) Knight. . . . Map (db m128977) HM
30Texas (Anderson County), Palestine — 17672 — Roy B. Wallace
Roy B. Wallace was born in Coolidge, Limestone County, on October 13, 1901, to Benjamin C. Wallace, Sr. And Mae McCoy Wallace. Roy attended school in rural Limestone County and attended Texas Christian University prior to earning his Bachelor’s . . . Map (db m128979) HM
31Texas (Anderson County), Palestine — 7158 — Seven Oaks
Built in 1848 as the home of Judge John B. Mallard, first lawyer in Palestine. Became the home of Judge William Alexander in 1857. Alexander was Chief Justice of Anderson County 1860-1865, and a trustee of the first school in Palestine. . . . Map (db m185721) HM
32Texas (Anderson County), Palestine — 12643 — Site of Woodhouse School
Woodhouse School began with the consolidation of the Long Lake, Tucker and Magnolia schools into Consolidated Common School District No. 7. These were all small schools, each with two teachers: one for grades one through four and another for grades . . . Map (db m136004) HM
33Texas (Anderson County), Palestine — 11660 — Swanson Cemetery
Micam Main of Illinois was granted a league of land by the Mexican government in 1835. One of the area's first brickmakers, Samuel M. Warden, died while working on Main's estate on Christmas Eve in 1847. He was interred on this site. According to . . . Map (db m128982) HM
34Texas (Anderson County), Palestine — 8819 — Texas State Railroad
The Texas Prison System built a short rail line from the Rusk State Penitentiary to hardwood timber stands where charcoal was made for firing the prison's iron ore furnaces. The rail line became the foundation of the Texas State Railway, organized . . . Map (db m128983) HM
35Texas (Anderson County), Palestine — 13178 — The I&GN Railroad in Palestine
​ Established as Anderson County seat in 1846 by the Texas Legislature, Palestine grew steadily throughout the remaining 19th century, nearing 9,000 residents by 1900. The town first centered on trade facilitated by the Trinity River, with . . . Map (db m155447) HM
36Texas (Anderson County), Palestine — 17304 — Timothy Stephen Smith(February 20, 1902 - April 30, 2000)
Born the son of a runaway slave, Smith yearned for a better life. He attended Prairie View A&M College and received a degree in Vocational Agriculture. He became a teacher, educating the children of North Carolina and Texas for 42 years. He also . . . Map (db m128939) HM
37Texas (Anderson County), Palestine — 17554 — William Freeman
William Freeman was born a slave in Anderson County on August 1, 1863, to Charlotte Freeman. His mother was a slave and the maid at the Jacob Hunter Plantation near Mound Prairie. After the slaves were freed in 1865, they moved to Palestine. . . . Map (db m186069) HM
38Texas (Andrews County), Andrews — American Civil War / Spanish American WarAndrews County Veterans Memorial
American Civil War 12 April 1861 - 9 April 1865 U.S. President Abraham Lincoln The War Between the States began when 11 Southern states demanding stronger state rights seceded and formed the Confederate States of America led by . . . Map (db m164164) HM WM
39Texas (Andrews County), Andrews — 167 — Andrews County
. . . Map (db m61419) HM
40Texas (Andrews County), Andrews — 168 — Andrews County Discovery Well(½ mi. S, & ½ mi. W.)
C.E. Ogden No. 1, producing 200 barrels a day from San Andres lime formation was brought in, Dec. 1929, by Deep Rock Oil Co.--The Andrews County discovery well and first of 730 wells in Fuhrman-Masco oil field. Bought, Feb. 1932, by . . . Map (db m61380) HM
41Texas (Andrews County), Andrews — Andrews County Veterans Memorial
Andrews County Veterans Memorial was dedicated on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 2006. All veterans that are living or deceased that served in the military will be eligible. The veteran must be honorably discharged and born, . . . Map (db m110153) WM
42Texas (Andrews County), Andrews — 407 — Billionth Barrel
On May 25, 1965, from one of 7,400 producing oil wells in the county's 196 fields, came the Billionth Barrel of Andrews County crude oil. In the 35 years and 5 months since oil flowed from the county's discovery well, C.E. Ogden No. 1, in Dec. . . . Map (db m61377) HM
43Texas (Andrews County), Andrews — C.E. Carruth Bi-Centennial Building
In recognition of loyal and unselfish service to the community of Andrews over a period of 47 years. This building will henceforth be known as the C.E. Carruth Bi-Centennial Building As a key member of the American Revolution Bi-centennial . . . Map (db m164031) HM WM
44Texas (Andrews County), Andrews — 1257 — Dorsie M. Pinnell(June 25, 1875-July 23, 1939)
Descendant of a Virginian who fought in the American Revolution. Came to Texas at 17 for health. Served (1898-1899) in Spanish-American War, Co. K, 1st Texas Inf. Vol. Regt. Later took up ranching in Andrews County. Married Jessie Whitten; had 4 . . . Map (db m61373) HM
45Texas (Andrews County), Andrews — 1350 — Early Settlersof Andrews County
One of last frontiers of Texas. Anglo settlement here lagged 60 years behind rest of state due to Indians and scarcity of water. In 1886 O.B. Holt became first man to file for county land. First settlers included the Cowden brothers and Peter . . . Map (db m61375) HM
46Texas (Andrews County), Andrews — Fight Against TerrorismAndrews County Veterans Memorial
"We will not waiver, we will not tire we will not falter and we will not fail. Peace and freedom will prevail. George W. Bush Persian Gulf War 2 August 1990 - 11 April 1991 U.S. President George H. Bush The occupation of Kuwait . . . Map (db m164078) HM WM
47Texas (Andrews County), Andrews — 1923 — Florey Park
Named for old town of Florey, established as a post office 7 miles to the northeast in 1909, prior to the organization of Andrews County, June 1910. In heart of the Means Oil Field, opened 1930, this park is at site of a 1934-1958 camp of . . . Map (db m61421) HM
48Texas (Andrews County), Andrews — 2051 — Frankel City
In 1941 the Fullerton Oil Company of California struck oil near this site, and by 1945 more than 100 drilling rigs were in operation. The discovery brought great numbers of workers into the area, resulting in the establishment of the town of . . . Map (db m61418) HM
49Texas (Andrews County), Andrews — Korean WarAndrews County Veterans Memorial
"Events have brought our American democracy to new influence and new responsibilities. They will test our courage, our devotion to duty, and our concept of liberty to that end. We will devote our strength, our resources, and our firmness . . . Map (db m164053) HM WM
50Texas (Andrews County), Andrews — 3311 — Means Methodist Church(First church in Andrews County)
Organized in 1907 by circuit preacher F.T . Pollard and seven charter members. The group held services in local school until 1912, when a one-room church was built, financed by donations of members, including a generous gift from rancher J.S. Means. . . . Map (db m61379) HM
51Texas (Andrews County), Andrews — 3361 — Midland and Northwestern Railroad
Chartered Jan. 16, 1916, by Midland Farms Co., which was owned by David Fasken of Toronto, Canada. The 65 miles of road were completed from Midland to Seminole in 1918. Operated with an engine borrowed from Texas and Pacific Railway until 1920, when . . . Map (db m110192) HM
52Texas (Andrews County), Andrews — 166 — Original Townsite of Andrews
Founded when Andrews County was organized, in 1910, on land owned by Robert Madison Means (b. 1878). With his father, J.S. Means, "Bob" Means began homesteading here in 1899 and organized an abstract company in 1909. When Andrews battled Shafter . . . Map (db m61374) HM
53Texas (Andrews County), Andrews — 4653 — Shafter Lake Townsite
First town in yet-unorganized Andrews County. Platted 1908. Named for lake charted in 1875 survey of Col. Wm. R. Shafter, whose maps and victories over powerful Indians opened the Permian Basin to settlement. Water trough built by John . . . Map (db m61420) HM
54Texas (Andrews County), Andrews — 4654 — Shafter's Trail
In 1875, Col. Wm. R. Shafter and a company of soldiers traveled from Fort Concho (where San Angelo is today) to Monument Springs, N. Mex., charting the arid plains, mapping all the vital watering places. This marker is in the only town of . . . Map (db m61376) HM
55Texas (Andrews County), Andrews — 2683 — The J. S. Means Ranch House
Built in 1900, this is one of the oldest houses in Andrews County. S. H. Purcell, his wife, and two relatives each filed on a section of public land, building this home where section-corners met, so that each individual could fulfill the . . . Map (db m164030) HM
56Texas (Andrews County), Andrews — Two Billionth Barrel
Andrews County produced it’s 2nd billionth barrel of crude oil August 21, 1981. Sixteen years and 96 days after its first billionth barrel came from beneath the county’s 1500 square miles. In producing two billion barrels in 52 years, Andrews . . . Map (db m61378) HM
57Texas (Andrews County), Andrews — Vietnam WarAndrews County Veterans Memorial
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price bear any burden, meet any hardship support any friend to assure the survival and success of freedom." John F. Kennedy Vietnam War 5 August . . . Map (db m164076) HM WM
58Texas (Andrews County), Andrews — World War IAndrew's County Veteran's Memorial
A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday does not know what it is today nor what it is trying to do. We are trying to do a futile thing. If we do not know where we came from or what we have been about. T. Woodrow Wilson . . . Map (db m164034) HM WM
59Texas (Andrews County), Andrews — World War IIAndrews County Veterans Memorial
"We must be the great arsenal of democracy, it is the strength of men and women who value their freedom more highly than they value their live. We have the men - the skill the wealth - and above all the will... Franklin D. Roosevelt World . . . Map (db m164074) HM WM
60Texas (Angelina County), Burke — 6983 — Burke Methodist Church
Founded in 1889 by a small group of Methodists, this church has played an integral role in the history of the community. H. and Nannie Belote donated land to the congregation in 1894, and the first church building was completed in 1901. It was moved . . . Map (db m30331) HM
61Texas (Angelina County), Burke — 11655 — Burke School
The community of Burke was established along the Houston, East and West Texas Railroad in 1882. S.J. and Nancy Arrington conveyed one acre of land adjoining the town on which to establish a public school. The first building, a one-room structure, . . . Map (db m37848) HM
62Texas (Angelina County), Burke — 6995 — Fairview School
The Angelina County School Board created Fairview Common School District Number 69 in the late 1800s. A one-room schoolhouse was built that served students from a wide rural area. The first school term, in 1898, was five months long. Fairview . . . Map (db m79121) HM
63Texas (Angelina County), Central — 12780 — Central Consolidated School
This school traces its origin to five small schools in the Pollok-Central area; Union, Durant, Pollok, Clawson, and Allentown. An effort to solve the problem of inadequate funding for each of these rural schools led to their consolidation in 1929 as . . . Map (db m29237) HM
64Texas (Angelina County), Central — 14796 — Gann Memorial Cemetery
This burial ground, which contains over 3,000 graves, has served area residents since the mid-1800s. In 1860, Nathan W. Gann, who came to Texas with his family in 1836, donated this property and a church building he constructed to Williams Chapel . . . Map (db m28290) HM
65Texas (Angelina County), Diboll — 6989 — Diboll
A sawmill established here in 1894 by T.L.L. Temple gave rise to a town that by 1900 contained a commissary, post office, churches, homes, and schools run by the Southern Pine Lumber Company. The town was named for the Diboll family of New Orleans . . . Map (db m30360) HM
66Texas (Angelina County), Diboll — 6993 — Emporia
Emporia Lumber Company co-owner S.F. Carter and M.T. Jones purchased over 5,000 acres of land in south Angelina County and established a company town named Emporia in 1893. The town included sawmill facilities, a railroad spur to ship lumber, . . . Map (db m37824) HM
67Texas (Angelina County), Diboll — 6998 — First Methodist Church of Diboll
This congregation was founded about 1897, soon after Diboll was established as a sawmill town. Early worship services were held in a local schoolhouse and in a two-story structure shared with the local Baptist congregation and fraternal . . . Map (db m38057) HM
68Texas (Angelina County), Diboll — 8715 — Old Diboll Library
Built about 1908 by T.L.L. Temple for his Southern Pine Lumber Company employees, this building served for many years as a community library and recreation hall. While the lower floor included a reading room and recreational facilities, the upper . . . Map (db m38050) HM
69Texas (Angelina County), Diboll — 8718 — Prairie Grove
The community of Prairie Grove began in 1845 and became a place for early settlers to gather. A cemetery began in 1849 when the young daughter of John M. and Caroline Stovall died. In the 1880s a school/church building was erected near the cemetery, . . . Map (db m79123) HM
70Texas (Angelina County), Diboll — 8720 — Ryan Chapel
Founded 1866, after new settler, Rev. Issac Ryan, had Methodist revival in home before occupying it. His brother John was one of 19 charter members. L.H.D. and Sallie Guinn gave 7.5 acres for church and cemetery. First 16 by 20-ft. church had . . . Map (db m37821) HM
71Texas (Angelina County), Diboll — 8726 — Thomas Lewis Latane Temple(1859-1935)
Virginia native Thomas Lewis Latane Temple, son of Henry W.L. and Susan (Jones) Temple, moved to Texarkana, Texas, in 1877. He married Georgie D. Fowlkes in 1880. In 1893 Temple organized the Southern Pine Lumber Company in Texarkana and began . . . Map (db m30374) HM
72Texas (Angelina County), Huntington — 11713 — Huntington
Settlers attempted to form a townsite in this area in the 1890s, but it was not until the arrival of the railroad lines that it attracted a thriving population. Carved from virgin forests in the heyday of the southern pine timber industry and . . . Map (db m34882) HM
73Texas (Angelina County), Huntington — 7003 — Joseph Herrington
When Angelina County was organized in 1845, Alabama native Joseph Herrington (1823-89) was one of six men appointed by the legislature who set boundary lines and selected Marion as the first seat of government. That same year, at the age of 22, he . . . Map (db m32054) HM
74Texas (Angelina County), Huntington — 7008 — Site of the Town of Jonesville
Site of the town of Jonesville Second county seat of Angelina County August 22, 1854 ••• May 19,1858Map (db m37243) HM
75Texas (Angelina County), Lufkin — Angelina
In 1690, when Spain's Franciscan Fathers founded Mission San Francisco de los Tejas in East Texas, they found a young Indian girl living with her people beside a stream. The priests found her a willing ally for carrying the Catholic Faith to the . . . Map (db m27249) HM
76Texas (Angelina County), Lufkin — 12377 — Angelina & Neches River Railroad
Chartered in August 1900 and headquartered in the sawmill town of Keltys, the Angelina and Neches River (A&NR) Railroad began as a small short line railroad to move logs from the woods of East Texas to the mills of the Angelina County Lumber . . . Map (db m29735) HM
77Texas (Angelina County), Lufkin — 6981 — Angelina County
Created and organized in 1846. Originally a part of Nacogdoches County. Bears the name of the river traversing the region. The following towns have served as the county seat; Marion,1846-1854; Jonesville,1854-1858; Homer, Feb. 3 - May 17, 1858, when . . . Map (db m29862) HM
78Texas (Angelina County), Lufkin — 14367 — Berry Cemetery
In 1850, Samuel and Elizabeth Berry brought their family and slaves here from Limestone Co., Alabama. Samuel's plantation covered hundreds of acres and included a cotton gin and gristmill. Berry Cemetery began in 1863 when Samuel's grandson and . . . Map (db m36110) HM
79Texas (Angelina County), Lufkin — 8722 — Birthplace of Allan ShiversGovernor of Texas (1949-1957)
Born here, in now-razed house, Oct. 5, 1907, to Robert and Easter C. Shivers, pioneer East Texas family. As youth, worked at odd jobs to earn own pocket money. Was State Senator 12 years; Lieutenant Governor for two. A strong, progressive Governor, . . . Map (db m58855) HM
80Texas (Angelina County), Lufkin — 6984 — Calder (Cotton) Square
City's hub, 1882-early 1900s, teeming with cotton buying, horse trades, band concerts, political rallies, switching railroad trains. Site of fire station, standpipe, 1933 memorial library named for lumberman J. H. Kurth (1857-1930), square was . . . Map (db m29199) HM
81Texas (Angelina County), Lufkin — Charles "Charlie" Wilson
June 1, 1933 - February 10, 2010 United States Naval Officer and 12-Term United States Representative, 2nd District of Texas A Sonnet to Charlie Now before us in bronze, he once again stands tall: Beloved Texan, who heard his . . . Map (db m39781) HM
82Texas (Angelina County), Lufkin — 8709 — City of Lufkin
Founded 1882. Soon became a thriving sawmill community. Named for E.P. Lufkin, chief of crew that surveyed railroad through town. Has been county seat of Angelina County since 1892. Now a regional manufacturing and commerce center. Products include . . . Map (db m28715) HM
83Texas (Angelina County), Lufkin — Don Joaquin/Procella Crossing
Responding to rumors of French trade activity in Spanish Texas, Don Joaquin de Orobio y Basterra, Captain of Presidio La Bahía, led soldiers on a reconnaissance mission in 1745-46. Encountering Nabedache, Bidai and Orcoquizac settlements, Orobio . . . Map (db m160415) HM
84Texas (Angelina County), Lufkin — 6991 — Equipment Typical of Early Texas Logging
One of last ox-drawn or mule-drawn carts skidding logs to railroad from the forests. Built 1950 for W. T. Carter & Brother, a lumber firm, and replaced 1951 by tractor-powered equipment, this slip-tongue, high wheel cart is a relic of early . . . Map (db m156870) HM
85Texas (Angelina County), Lufkin — 6994 — Ewing
The boom town of Ewing stood for two decades on the west bank of the Angelina River. Named for plantation owner James A. Ewing, the town was located near a rail line and virgin hardwood forests. In 1919 H.G. Bohissen purchased a 100-acre tract of . . . Map (db m32058) HM
86Texas (Angelina County), Lufkin — 6996 — First Baptist Church of Lufkin
Chartered with nine members, the Lufkin Baptist Church began conducting worship services soon after rail lines reached the townsite in the early 1880s. The Houston, East & West Texas Railroad donated land at this site to Joseph Kerr, E.H.F. . . . Map (db m27247) HM
87Texas (Angelina County), Lufkin — 6997 — First Christian Church of Lufkin
A Christian church was organized in Angelina County about 1884 in Homer, the county seat. When the railroad line from Houston to Shreveport was built about 5 miles from Homer, the town of Lufkin was built around the depot. Many citizens of Homer . . . Map (db m57551) HM
88Texas (Angelina County), Lufkin — 11656 — First United Methodist Church of Lufkin
Margaret (Fullerton) Abney, born in Alabama in 1829, joined the Methodist church with her family at a camp meeting held at nearby McKendree campground in 1863. Because the nearest Methodist church was ten miles away, Mrs. Abney held bible study . . . Map (db m28482) HM
89Texas (Angelina County), Lufkin — 13709 — German POWs in the East Texas Timber Industry
The U.S. Army began building POW camps in the United States in early 1942 for captured Axis prisoners. During World War II, the Army shipped almost 425,000 military prisoners to 511 camps in the U.S. Approximately 50,000 of those POWs, primarily . . . Map (db m29450) HM
90Texas (Angelina County), Lufkin — 7006 — Homer Cemetery
In 1854 W.W. Manning established a drugstore and sawmill in this area, and named the community after his former home in Homer, Louisiana. In 1856 Homer was chosen as Angelina County seat, following a mandate from the Texas Legislature to locate a . . . Map (db m31713) HM
91Texas (Angelina County), Lufkin — 7007 — Hoshall
The Houston East and West Texas (HE&WT) Railroad came through Angelina County in 1882 and a community named Bitterweed Flat developed here. In 1913 W.E. Hoshall purchased land and timber rights in the area and began shipping logs from Hoshall Switch . . . Map (db m36108) HM
92Texas (Angelina County), Lufkin — 7009 — Kerr's Inc.
Regarded as the oldest Angelina County business in continuous operation, Kerr's began in 1870 as a general store in the early county seat of Homer (5 mi. SE). It was started by Civil War veteran Capt. Joseph Kerr (b. 1828), a native of South . . . Map (db m29153) HM
93Texas (Angelina County), Lufkin — 16011 — KRBA-AM Radio Station
By the 1930s, radio had become an established medium for commercial advertising. In 1938, commercial radio came to Angelina County when Redland Broadcasting Association received the first license in the area. Station manager Darrell Yates financed, . . . Map (db m38722) HM
94Texas (Angelina County), Lufkin — 8708 — Lindsey Springs Logging Camp
The naturally occurring Lindsey Springs, located approximately 3/4 of a mile northeast of this location, became the site in 1899 of the Southern Pine Lumber Company's first logging camp. The springs provided an important water source for this vital . . . Map (db m79122) HM
95Texas (Angelina County), Lufkin — 8711 — Lufkin Foundry and Machine Company
Chartered in 1902 as a repair shop and parts supply house for local sawmills, Lufkin Foundry & Machine Company was begun by J.H. Kurth, Frank Kavanaugh, Sr., Frank Kavanaugh, Jr., Eli Wiener and Simon Henderson. Later, under the leadership of W.C. . . . Map (db m29845) HM
96Texas (Angelina County), Lufkin — 11657 — Lufkin Telephone Exchange
Telephone service in Lufkin began in 1898 when Dr. Alexander Madison Denman and his friend Judge Edwin James Mantooth strung telephone wires between their offices. The system was so popular that the pair soon formed the Lufkin Telephone Exchange . . . Map (db m29355) HM
97Texas (Angelina County), Lufkin — 6992 — Machinery from Early East Texas Logging Railroads
Steam locomotive and tender No. 3 were bought 1908 by Carter-Kelley Lumber Co., for use in building a sawmill at Manning (about 18 mi. south); then in railroad building, logging, and passenger and freight hauling schedules. The 1906 wood-burning . . . Map (db m28803) HM
98Texas (Angelina County), Lufkin — 16955 — Mantooth Farm
Members of the Mantooth family came to Angelina County in 1858. Albert Edwin (Eddie) Mantooth (1874-1969) was born in Homer, Angelina County, to Albert and Mary Richard Hall Mantooth. In 1897, Eddie married Sarah Annie Atkinson Mantooth (1879-1914). . . . Map (db m58779) HM
99Texas (Angelina County), Lufkin — 8721 — Original site of St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church
The first Episcopal service in Lufkin was held in 1893 by the Rev. George L. Crocket for the W.G. Barron and R.B. Shearer families. St. Mary's Mission was established in 1895 by the Rev. C.M. Beckwith, but the congregation did not have a permanent . . . Map (db m26886) HM
100Texas (Angelina County), Lufkin — 8719 — Redland Baptist Church
Liberty Baptist Church, established in the Redland community in 1859, became Redland Baptist Church after reorganizing in 1895. Worship services were held in a local schoolhouse until 1924 when the congregation built its first sanctuary. A new . . . Map (db m28483) HM

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