Uncovered Texas


Antioch Missionary Baptist Church

Five charter members founded this church in 1871. J. F. McLendon and W. H. H. Hayes served as first pastors. A sanctuary was built on 2.4 acres (present-day Antioch Cemetery) donated by T. J. Miller and Margaret Barnes in 1876. It was destroyed by fire and a new church building was erected here on l....

Historical Marker - Carthage.

Rehobeth United Methodist Church

The Rev. J. M. Mills conducted the first services for this church in 1878. That same year work began on a sanctuary at this site. The land, which included a schoolhouse near the cemetery entrance, was deeded to the congregation by John Wesley Biggs and his wife Mary Ann. Built by members, the struct....

Historical Marker - Carthage.

First Baptist Church of Celeste

Organized by four charter members, the First Baptist Church of Celeste was begun in 1887, the same year the town was platted by the Santa Fe Railroad. The Rev. Jim Price was called as first pastor. A two-story building erected on South Third Street served both the church and the local Masonic Lodge.....

Historical Marker - Celeste.

Gibson, John Joseph Emmett

(November 4, 1849 - September 14, 1931) John Joseph Emmett (J. J. E.) Gibson was born in Dublin, Ireland. Because of an illness, he was left behind with an aunt when his family immigrated to the United States about 1851. Gibson reportedly studied architecture in Dublin, and finally joined his family....

Historical Marker - Center.

Rising Star Lodge No. 429, A.F. & A.M.

Chartered on June 5, 1875, this lodge was first located in a building which was destroyed by fire in 1900, along with all the lodge records. Meetings were held in the Guadalupe Valley Bank building from 1902 until the lodge moved to this site in 1964. Charter members of the lodge were: Miles A. Lowr....

Historical Marker - Center Point.

Chappell Hill Female College

Chappell Hill Male and Female Institute (founded 1850) pioneered in higher learning in Texas. Under Methodist Church after 1854. Women's branch was chartered separately, 1856. Rebuilt after a fire in 1871; this bell, cast 1873, is only relic of the old college, closed in 1912.....

Historical Marker - Chappell Hill.

Behrns West Texas Normal and Business College

Opened 1895 by noted educator Francis Marion Behrns. A 3-story native blue marble main hall and frame dormitory were built by interested local citizens. Courses included mathematics, natural sciences, Latin, oratory, commercial subjects, literature, psychology, music and painting. Character building....

Historical Marker - Cherokee.

Meusebach, John O.

(1812-1897) To be a Texan, Meusebach gave up title of baron in 1845. As commissioner-general, German Emigration Company, he founded Fredericksburg in 1846 as gateway to Fisher-Miller land grant, hunting ground of the Comanche. By emptying his firearms, he won trust of Indians and made treaty to prov....

Historical Marker - Cherry Spring.

Siddons-Barnes Log Cabin

This log cabin, believed to have been built in the early 1870s, was the first place of worship for area Methodists and served as a schoolhouse. Dr. J. A. Siddons and his wife M. E. Siddons purchased the cabin in 1883 and enclosed it with other rooms. In 1918 J. D. Barnes and Rachel Perkins Barnes bo....

Historical Marker - Chico.

Palace Theater

F.M. Phipps and G.S. Layton opened the Palace Theater in 1926. The theater suffered two fires, the second burning it to the ground in 1936. Phipps' widow, Mable, and Layton's son G.R. hired W. Scott Dunne of Dallas to design a new moviehouse at the site. Built by H.J. Naylor, the Palace reopened in ....

Historical Marker - Childress.

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