Historical Marker

Peter Kerr

Source: Photo by Barry Caraway, <barrycaraway@hotmail.com>, Aug 2002

 

 

Location: Ft Croghan Museum Grounds

One of "Old 300" of Stephen F. Austin's first colony from Pennsylvania, took part in 1836 war for Texas Independence, he made and lost several stakes. In 1851 bought a league and labor of Burnet County land, including site of Fort Croghan. Amassed wealth as Army beef contractor, gave 100 acres and town square for Burnet County Seat. To build a college here he willed $23,500 and 6,359 acres of land to Burnet. The will was broken; city got a 2-acre site for a public school. It is said "He never refused to help when he observed its need." (1970)

 

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