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Williams Ranch, The Settlement of

Once a prominent frontier town, Williams Ranch grew up around the homestead of cattleman John Williams (1804-1871), who came to this area in 1855. The community flourished during the Civil War (1861-1865) because of trade with Mexico and by 1874 had stores, saloons, a hotel, mill, and blacksmith sho....

Historical Marker - Mullin.


Braschler House

Built in 1854 by the Rev. Henry Braschler (b.1818 in Switzerland) who came to Texas in 1848 and served as pastor in nearby St. Martin Lutheran Church, 1852-57. Of caliche and cedar fachwerk, house was later enlarged and accordng to tradition, became a stage stop on Bastrop Road. In its family burial....

Historical Marker - New Braunfels.


Jollyville Community and School

This area was first settled in the 1840s by Henry Rhodes. He was soon joined by such pioneers as Elisha Prewitt, who fought in the Battle of San Jacinto, and Civil War veterans Elisha Rhodes, J. Bryon Jenkins, and William H. Thompson, whose home at this site served as a stage stop. In 1866 Confedera....

Historical Marker - Round Rock.


Early Texas Hotels and Inns

Two miles east, at Winedale, is the Old "Sam Lewis Stopping Place" of the 1850s--a typical early Texas inn, now a University of Texas Research Center. Built 1834, as a settler's 2-room log cabin of hand-hewn cedar; then enlarged twice and (with work of local German craftsmen) improved in style, it w....

Historical Marker - Round Top.


Moon, William W.

(March 25, 1814 - Jan. 7, 1897) Orphaned two days after his birth, William W. Moon grew up with two uncles in his native Alabama. He married Sophronia Elizabeth Sublett (1819-46) in 1834 and moved to Bastrop, Texas in 1838. Moon joined the texas Rangers and first visited San Marcos Springs during a ....

Historical Marker - San Marcos.


San Pedro

In the 1830s immigrants from the southeastern U.S. settled here along San Pedro Creek and the stage route to nearby Rusk. A stage stop and general store established by Joel W. Stowe became site of the San Pedro post office in 1842. Settlers made molasses from native ribbon cane, grew cotton and corn....

Historical Marker - San Pedro.


Dietz Community

In 1851 Jamaica native Jacob De Cordova (1808-1868) settled here. He selected this spot for its beauty, rich soil and nearby springs. He built his first home, "Wanderer's Retreat". It served as a stage stop on the San Antonio Road and as a mail delivery station. De Cordova, acting as a land agent, s....

Historical Marker - Seguin.


Comanche Springs

Used as a watering place and camping ground by Indians since Pre-Columbian times, the Springs were possibly visited about 1536 by Spaniard Cabeza de Vaca on his wanderings through Texas. The expedition of Juan de Mendoza, with his party of Spaniards and Jumano Indians, camped near the waters in 1684....

Historical Marker - St. Stockton.


Stonewall Community Cemetery

Stonewall Community Cemetery This cemetery originally served the settlement of Millville, laid out by Israel Nuņez, who operated a stage stop in the vicinity after the Civil War. Although he set aside land for the cemetery, it was not formally deeded until 1934 by J.O. Walker. The earliest marked gr....

Historical Marker - Stonewall.


Cavitt House, Old

Republic of Texas homestead established when log cabin was built, 1836. Main house of hand finished lumber, begun in 1842, completed in present form 1854. During 1840s and 1850s was stage stop between Nacogdoches and San Antonio de Bexar. Cavitts were political followers of Sam Houston, friend and f....

Historical Marker - Wheelock.



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