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Rockdale, Texas Historical Markers

 
Apache Pass County Park with marker to the right. image, Touch for more information
By Gregory Walker, June 10, 2015
Apache Pass County Park with marker to the right.
Texas (Milam County), Rockdale — 17269 — Apache Pass River Crossing
The crossing over the San Xavier (San Gabriel) River in Milam county has been used as a passageway for centuries. Evidence shows that the area has been inhabited by humans for at least 10,000 years. During the eighteenth century, the land was . . . — Map (db m84807) HM
Texas (Milam County), Rockdale — 13466 — International & Great Northern Railroad Passenger Depot
Three rail lines largely contributed to Rockdale's early commercial development, and of the three, the International & Great Northern (I&GN) made the biggest impact. This former I&GN passenger depot opened in 1906. It survived various changes to the . . . — Map (db m74421) HM
Texas (Milam County), Rockdale — 13787 — Jewish Cemetery
The International & Great Northern Railroad reached the new town of Rockdale in January 1874. Among the early residents were brothers Benjamin and Joseph Lowenstein, who opened a mercantile from a tent before the railroad arrived. They and their . . . — Map (db m74398) HM
Texas (Milam County), Rockdale — 12877 — La Recluta and La Escuelita
Jose Leal received six leagues of land in this area in 1833. In 1867, coal was discovered, and the railroad reached Rockdale in 1874. Not until 1890 did the first coal mine, owned by Herman Vogel, begin operation. Others opened, and more settlers . . . — Map (db m74393) HM
Texas (Milam County), Rockdale — 13431 — Matinee Musical Club
In January 1909, Mary Ann (Coffield) Perry organized the Matinee Musical Club on the front porch of her home at this site. Pearl Cauthon served as the first president of the club, which met regularly to study and perform music. Yearbooks document . . . — Map (db m74412) HM
Texas (Milam County), Rockdale — 12561 — Railroads in Rockdale
Rockdale owes its founding to the International & Great Northern rail line, along which the town was laid out in 1873-74. The railroad gave area farmers access to markets for their crops, and Rockdale became a shipping point for farmers and other . . . — Map (db m74406) HM
Texas (Milam County), Rockdale — 14050 — Site of Mission San Francisco Xavier de Los Dolores
Established by Franciscan missionaries in 1749 with the hope of civilizing and christianizing the Coco, Mayeye, Orcoquiza, Karankawa, and other tribes of Indians. The martyrdom of Padre José Ganzabal and the circumstances connected therewith caused . . . — Map (db m84661) HM
Texas (Milam County), Rockdale — 7988 — Site of the Mission Nuestra Señora de la Candelaria
Established by Franciscan missionaries in 1749 with the hope of civilizing and christianizing the Coco, Mayeye, Orcoquiza, Karankawa, and other tribes of Indians. The martyrdom of Padre José Ganzabal and the circumstances connected therewith caused . . . — Map (db m84618) HM
Texas (Milam County), Rockdale — 7990 — Site of the Mission San Ildefonso
Established by Franciscan missionaries in 1749 with the hope of civilizing and christianizing the Coco, Mayeye, Orcoquiza, Karankawa, and other tribes of Indians. The martyrdom of Padre José Ganzabal and the circumstances connected therewith caused . . . — Map (db m84617) HM
Texas (Milam County), Rockdale — 17630 — The Kay Theater
In 1947, E.L. Bryan and the Foy Arrington family bought a surplus quonset hut, one of the thousands of the all-purpose metal buildings made during World War II. The hut was moved to Rockdale to become the core of the second movie theater in town. . . . — Map (db m74395) HM

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