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El Fuerte del Cibolo Marker Area image, Touch for more information
By Larry D. Moore, August 11, 2018
El Fuerte del Cibolo Marker Area
Texas (Karnes County), Cestohowa — 1418 — El Fuerte del Cibolo
Near this site (about 2.5 mi. N on Cibolo Creek) stood the 18th-century Spanish fort of El Fuerte de Santa Cruz del Cibolo, usually called El Fuerte del Cibolo or El Cibolo. Built to protect the many Spanish ranches between San Antonio and La Bahia . . . — Map (db m121606) HM
Texas (Karnes County), Cestohowa — 12331 — Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Cemetery
Jacob Lyssy (1837-1880) and John Pawlik, Jr. (1845-1912) of the Czestochowa parish each donated one acre of land to Bishop Anthony D. Pellicer of the Archdiocese of San Antonio to be used as a burial ground for the newly established Nativity of the . . . — Map (db m131923) HM
Texas (Karnes County), Cestohowa — 12347 — Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church
The second Polish colony in Karnes County, the village in this area grew out of a small settlement known as St. Joe and was formally established in 1873. At times the priest at Panna Maria would conduct services at St. Joseph School in what would . . . — Map (db m121602) HM
Texas (Karnes County), Helena — 2428 — Helena
Founded in 1852 on San Antonio River by Thomas Ruckman, a graduate of Princeton, and Lewis Owings, later first Governor of Arizona Territory. Town was named in honor of Owings' wife, Helen. Situated on branch of famed Chihuahua Trail (running . . . — Map (db m132367) HM
Texas (Karnes County), Helena — 2429 — Helena Union Church (Original Site 150 Feet South)
Example of religious toleration in frontier Texas. Site was used early as 1866 by Methodists, whose church was "free to any Christian denomination for...worship, (and) subject to use of...Helena School". Trustees of that church were T. K. . . . — Map (db m132368) HM
Texas (Karnes County), Helena — 3742 — Old Helena Courthouse
Soon after Karnes County was created and organized in 1854, a frame and clapboard courthouse was erected at this site in the center of Jefferson Square. This rock structure was built in 1873 to replace the first courthouse and adjacent county . . . — Map (db m132370) HM
Texas (Karnes County), Helena — 3892 — Ox-Cart Road (Section of Chihuahua Road)
After centuries of use by buffalo and Indians, this trail from San Antonio to the Texas coast gained importance when opened to colonial travel by the Alarcon Expedition in 1718. Spanish conquistadores and priests, the Gutierrez-Magee Expedition . . . — Map (db m132371) HM
Texas (Karnes County), Helena — 5473 — Thomas Ruckman (November 8, 1826 - December 2, 1914)
Founding father of Karnes County, Ruckman was born in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1848 from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) and taught in South Carolina for a year. But the lure of Texas - then a . . . — Map (db m132372) HM
Texas (Karnes County), Karnes City — 2900 — Karnes City
Seat of Karnes County; was founded in Christmas season, 1890, when a partnership headed by Otto Buchel bought 1,000 acres of land from J. L. Calvert for $5 an acre. The tract was near the geographic center of the county and adjoined the right-of-way . . . — Map (db m131922) HM
Texas (Karnes County), Karnes City — 6073 — Karnes County
Formed from Bexar County Created February 4, 1854 Organized February 27, 1854 Named in honor of Henry Wax Karnes 1812-1840 Conspicuous for gallantry at storming of Bexar Commanded a company at San Jacinto Texas Ranger . . . — Map (db m121656) HM
Texas (Karnes County), Karnes City — 2902 — Karnes County Courthouse
In 1854 Karnes County erected its first courthouse in the county seat of Helena, an important stage stop between San Antonio and Goliad. The original courthouse was destroyed in a storm about 1865 and a new stone courthouse was built in Helena in . . . — Map (db m121652) HM
Texas (Karnes County), Kenedy — 18233 — Gregorio Cortez
On June 12, 1901, Sheriff W.T. "Brack” Morris and deputy arrived at the Thulemeyer Ranch to question Gregorio Cortez (1875-1916) about a reported horse theft in Atascosa County. A shootout ensued, leaving Sheriff Morris dead. Cortez fled the . . . — Map (db m121759) HM
Texas (Karnes County), Panna Maria — 1874 — First Store in Panna Maria
Built in 1855; used as a storeroom for landlord's share of Panna Maria crops. The landlord, John Twohig, a devout Catholic, set aside one room of store for the church and school. Owned and operated by the Snoga family since 1918. . . . — Map (db m131919) HM
Texas (Karnes County), Panna Maria — 2619 — Immaculate Conception Church
. . . — Map (db m131921) HM
Texas (Karnes County), Panna Maria — 6074 — Panna Maria, Texas Oldest Permanent Polish Colony in America
Settled by 100 Polish families who came to Texas to gain economic, political and religious freedom. Led by Father Leopold Moczygemba, O.F.M., Conv., they made a contract in 1854 with John Twohig, a San Antonio banker and merchant, for land at . . . — Map (db m131916) HM
Texas (Karnes County), Panna Maria — 4016 — Pilarczyk Store
Built 1875; second oldest store in Panna Maria; still has original rafters and floors. Lime for mortaring stones (visible on back and sides) was fired in home kilns. Store was bought by Victor Pilarczyk, 1913. First gas pump was installed 1919. . . . — Map (db m131918) HM
Texas (Karnes County), Panna Maria — 4459 — St. Joseph's School
Built 1868. Oldest Polish private school in America. Since 1855, classes had been held in various sites. This was the first school building in the colony at Panna Maria. Teachers lived upstairs and classes were held on the ground floor. . . . — Map (db m131920) HM
Texas (Karnes County), Panna Maria — 5534 — Town of Panna Maria
Oldest Polish settlement in Texas - Established December 24, 1854 by the Reverend Leopold Moczygemba O.F.M., who was instrumental in bringing from Poland about 100 Polish peasant families - Within a few months the majority sought . . . — Map (db m131917) HM

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