Uncovered Texas


Santa Margarita Crossing

Ranchers occupying the 1804 Spanish land grant of Jose Herrera established this crossing of the Nueces and named the scattered settlement Santa Margarita. In 1828, John McMullen and James McGloin received a land grant from the Mexican government for an irish colony north of the river and founded the....

Historical Marker - Banquete.

CCC at Bastrop State Park

President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the U. S. Congress, as part of the New Deal efforts to offer unemployed workers jobs on public projects, created the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in March 1933. Due to decades of lumbering activities, Bastrop County's "Lost Pines" forest was a prime candidate....

Historical Marker - Bastrop.

Elliot's Ferry

During the early days of Anglo-American colonization in Texas, the Matagorda Bay Prairie area was an important route for people traveling between settlements. A convenient river crossing was a necessity, and a ferry was established on the Thomas Cayce league of land near this site. Known as Cayce's ....

Historical Marker - Bay City.

Kilbride-Barkley House

Prominent ranchers, merchants, and civic leaders Edward John and Ann Elizabeth (Holt) Kilbride built this classical revival style house in 1910-11. The house is a good example of large scale residential properties built in the early 20th century. Its elaborate rear porch design resulted from its pro....

Historical Marker - Bay City.

Lampasas River Bridge

Erected to replace an 1875 toll bridge at this site, this was one of several bridges authorized by the Bell County Commissioners Court in 1889. Built by the Penn Bridge Company of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, it is a rare surviving example of a double-intersection Pratt Truss bridge (also known as a ....

Historical Marker - Belton.

Missouri, Kansas & Texas (KATY) Railroad Bridge


Historical Marker - Belton.

Little River Fort

A stockade and blockhouse of the Republic of Texas. Built in November, 1836, by a unit of some 20 Rangers under Lt. George B. Erath (soldier-statesman for whom Erath County was named). By Christmas they had erected 7 or 8 cabins, a blockhouse and a picket stockade, which enclosed about 1/2 acre of l....

Historical Marker - Belton Vicinity.

Bell County

Settlement began on Lampasas River, 1847. Created Jan. 22, organized Aug. 1, 1850. Named for Peter Hansbrough Bell (1812-1898), native of Virginia; veteran of Battle of San Jacinto; served in Somervell expedition to stop Mexico's Raids into Texas; officer in Mexican War; Governor of Texas 1849-1853;....

Historical Marker - Belton Vicinity.

Miller Springs Bridge

In 1872, William Miller built the first bridge over the springs favored by Tonkawa Indians. When Abe Miller bought the land in the 1920s, it was listed in county records as Miller's Springs. By 1935, a 75-foot Warren pony truss bridge, typical of many built in Texas through the 1930s, replaced sever....

Historical Marker - Belton Vicinity.

Walters' Bluff Ferry

Located at a noted early-day crossing on Sabine River, this pioneer ferry carried settlers traveling north or south into Upshur or Smith counties. It was begun before 1849 by Robt. Walters, a Texas revolutionary veteran, and used until a bridge was built, 1903. Town of Florence was once situated nea....

Historical Marker - Big Sandy.

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