Uncovered Texas

Texas Revolution

Velasco, Site of Town of Old

One of oldest Texas towns. Port of entry for over 25,000 settlers, 1821-1835. Scene of first armed conflict leading to Texas Revolution, 1832. In mid-1800s, resort place for wealthy plantation families. Declined after the Civil War and 1875 hurricane. This school is named for Velasco. (1969)....

Historical Marker - Freeport.

Duval, John C.

(1816 - 1897) First Texas man of letters. Wrote history not as a visitor, but a participant, and wrote to entertain and inspire. His "Early times in Texas" tells of days when, by bringing news of the outside world to the lonely settlers, a man could travel from the Sabine to the Rio Grande and spend....

Historical Marker - Freer.

Shawnee Trail

In 1838 the Republic of Texas Congress appropriated money for construction of a north-south road opening the Northern Texas area to trade. The project leader, Colonel William G. Cooke, followed an existing Indian Trail which reached from the Red River to Austin. A supply fort established on the rive....

Historical Marker - Frisco.

Williams, Samuel May

Born the son of a ship captain in Rhode Island, Samuel Williams was apprenticed to his uncle in Baltimore after 1810 to learn business skills. After 1816 he lived in Buenos Aires, where he learned Spanish and its related culture. By 1819 he was working in New Orleans, where he might have met empresa....

Historical Marker - Galveston.

Texas Revolution and Civil War, Galveston County

Following Laffite's expulsion from Galveston, settlers from the West Indies began to arrive. Within a few years, Galveston became a principal port to the Republic of Texas. Galveston was declared a port of entry in 1825 by Mexico and a customs house was established. The city served as Capital of the....

Historical Marker - Galveston.

Cherry, Wilbur, House, The

New York native Wilbur Cherry (1819-1873), a veteran of the Texas revolution, had this two-story home built about 1852. A pioneer Texas newspaperman, Cherry had earlier helped establish a local paper, now the "Galveston Daily News. His residence, one of the oldest on the island, features a distincti....

Historical Marker - Galveston.

Stewart Property

One of the earliest known sites of occupation on the west end of Galveston Island, this ridge was at one time a campsite for the nomadic Karankawa Indians. The property was purchased in 1856 by Col. Warren D. c. Hall (1788-1867), veteran of several military expeditions and the Texas revolution. The ....

Historical Marker - Galveston.

Cubb, Thomas, House

This two-story Greek revival residence was constructed in the 1850s. During the Civil War it was the home of Commodore Thomas Chubb (1811-1890), a veteran of the Texas revolution. Captured by Union naval forces on Galveston Bay, he returned to the city following the war and served as the port's harb....

Historical Marker - Galveston.

Labadie, Nicholas D.

"Nicholas D. Labadie Nicholas Descomps Labadie was born in Canada in 1802. In Missouri, he trained for the priesthood and later changed to the study of medicine. In 1831, he moved to Texas, serving as post surgeon at Anahuac. He served in the Second Regiment of Texas Volunteers as surgeon and infant....

Historical Marker - Galveston.

Austin, William Tennant

(January 30, 1809 - february 25, 1874) Born in Connecticut. Moved to Texas in 1829. Took part in Texas Revolution, participating in siege of Bexar, 1835. Served as aide to Stephen F. Austin, "The Father of Texas" (a distant relative), Gens. Edward Burleson and Sam Houston. Commander at Port of Velas....

Historical Marker - Galveston.

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