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Burnet County

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MAGILL FAMILY CEMETERY - LOCATION: US 281 right-of-way, 1 mile S. of intersection with SH 29, Burnet.
Surrounded by a rock wall, the small pioneer family cemetery just west of this site is located on land that was once part of the William H. Magill homestead. Magill, a veteran of the Battle of San Jacinto, moved his family to Burnet County in 1850. He established this graveyard with the burial of his 15-year-old son, John, in 1863. The remaining four marked graves include William H. Magill (1813-1878); his second wife, Elizabeth (1831-1914); and his parents, Nancy (1792-1865) and Samuel (1783-1865) Magill. At least one unmarked grave is known to exist. (1985) [photo of cemetery and marker] 

MAHOMET CEMETERY - LOCATION: 10 miles NE of Bertram on FM 243.

This cemetery, with interments dating back to the 1850s, became a community graveyard for the Sycamore Springs and Mahomet rural communities. In 1909, J.W. Williams and J.W. and Nellie Greer deeded the cemetery property to the community of Mahomet. Among the hundreds of people buried here are many of the area's pioneer settlers and their descendants and veterans of wars ranging from the Mexican War (1846-1848) to the Vietman War. Mahomet Cemetery remains active and is maintained by an association of descendants of people buried here. Sesquicentennial of Texas Statehood 1845-1995.

MAHOMET-SYCAMORE SPRINGS COMMUNITY - LOCATION: RR 243 right-of-way, 2.5 miles W. of US 183, 6 miles NE of Bertram.

Settlement in this part of Burnet County began in the 1850s. Two early communities were
Mahomet and Sycamore Springs, originally located 8 miles from each other. Pioneers of Mahomet were George Ater, William G. Hall, and Mr. Sanford, while Sycamore Springs was settled by the Smart, Stewart and Williams families. Although Sycamore Springs once had 3 gins, a general store, a school, and 2 churches, little evidence of the community now remains. 

Much speculation has taken place over the years concerning the origin of the unusual name of the Maohmet settlement. Research now indicates that the town was probably named by first postmaster George Ater, who came to Texas from Mahomet, Illinois. Both the original Mahomet post office and an Austin-Lampasas stage stop were located at his home.

The Mahomet Christian Church, moved from Sycamore Springs in 1899, continues to worship near this site. Mahomet is also the home of the Mt. Horeb Masonic Lodge, which was relocated from nearby Williamson County in 1915. The community burial ground (.5 miles SW) dates from the early 1850s.

The history of these two related settlements is an important part of Burnet County's heritage. (1968, 1985)

MARBLE FALLS DEPOT - LOCATION: 801 US 281 at the intersection with Ave H, Marble Falls.

The town of Marble Falls was laid outin 1887. Texas Mining and Improvement Company deeded land for a depot to Austin and Northwestern Railroad. this building was erected in 1893 and then Southern Pacific Railroad bought the line and property. Area residents gathered at the depot to visit and watch for the train. Excursions were offered and passenger service provided. Hogs, horses, cattle, cedar posts, cotton, pecans, and hides were shipped to market from here. In 1937 passenger service was discontinued and the depot was closed in 1968. It was moved to this site in 1976. (1979) [Photo]

MARBLE FALLS FACTORY SITE - LOCATION: on US 281, N of Colorado River Bridge, Marble Falls.
The potential of water power on the Colorado River led town developer Gen. Adam R. Johnson and Farmers Alliance members to build a cotton mill on this site in the 1890s. The two-story stone factory, 300 feet long and 100 feet wide, was erected for the Marble Falls Cotton and Wollen Company, formed in 1892. New machinery run by hydroelectric power was installed by the Marble Falls Textile Mills Company in the 1920s. Woolen goods, surgical gauze, and air conditioners were made here before the factory was gutted by fire in 1964 and razedin 1971. (1977)  [Photo]


Established in 1884, the original Marble Falls Post Office was built south of the Colorado River. William P. Cochran, appointed postmaster in 1901, built this structure in 1910 and leased it to the U.S. Government for use as a post office. It continued to serve as a postal facility until about 1950. Constructed of poured concrete, the building features a central double door with three-pane transom, a simply detailed cornice, and a stone parapet. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1989. [Photo]


Adam R. Johnson donated land at this site for construction of the present two-story granite building. Completed in 1891, it originally housed the Marble Falls Alliance University. Near Backbone Creek, east of this main building, a wooden boarding house was built for the students. The property was sold later in 1891 at a sheriff's sale, but continued to be leased for use as a tuition school. In 1908 the local voters chose to buy the structure, and it has been used for classes by the Marble Falls School District since that date. (1980) [Photo]

MICHEL'S DRUG STORE - LOCATION: 216 Main Street, Marble Falls.

Ernst Gustav Michel (1865-1930), a native of Germany, and his wife, Lillie Agnes, opened a drugstore at this site in 1891. After fire destroyed the first store in 1905, Michel built a 3-story edifice here. The first floor housed the drugstore and soda fountain. The second floor was an opera house with seating for 300 people. the top floor had the family's living quarters. That structure burned in a fire that destroyed an entire city block in 1927. All four Michel children who lived to adulthood studied pharmacy. The Michel family has operated a drugstore at this location since 1891. (1984) [Photo]

MORMON MILLS - LOCATION: South of Burnet about 7 miles on Mormon Mill Road, marker is in pasture at the Mill site, privately owned.
Site of a settlement made in 1851 by 20 Mormon families under the leadership of Lyman Wight1796-1858. Here they built homes, lumber mills, and shops for the manufacture of furniture.
Abandoned in 1853.

MOUNT BLANC SCHOOL - LOCATION:    on CR 330 about 2.5 miles west of CR 243
Site of school that served the community from 1883 until 946, when it consolidated with the Bertram School District.  The schoolhouse was torn down in 1997.  (2010)  [Photo]

MOUNT HOREB LODGE - LOCATION: on ranch road 243 at the Lodge Hall at Mahomet.
Chartered Jan. 21, 1854. Met in log schoolhouse, erected own Lodge Hall 1856 on land given by grand master Sam Mather and B.K. Stewart. First floor used as church and school. A fire in 1915 razed the hall.  Lodge rebuilt here in 1916 on land given by G. T. and W. J. Williams.  (1967)

MOUNT ZION CEMETERY - LOCATION: 3.4 miles SW of Bertram on FM 243, then 0.6 miles E on CR 330, then 0.5 miles N. on CR 330A to cemetery.
John Jennings (1802-1867), his wife Sarah C. (Sally) (1806-1879) and their family came to this area in 1851. The settlement which grew up around their farm became known as Jennings Creek Community. After Burnet County was created in 1852, John Jennings was instrumentall in organizing the new county government. He was a county commissioner for four yers.
The oldest documented burial in this graveyard, which was originally known as the Jennings Family Cemetery, is that of Mary Ann Jennings (1835-1856). Other early burials include those of John and Sally Jennings, members of their family, and neighbors. 
The Jennings Family Cemetery became known as Mount Zion Cemetery when the Mount Zion Cumberland Presbyterian Church was built about one-half mile south of this site in the 1890s. The land on which the cemetery is situated remained in the Jennings family until 1944.
Among the more than five hundred grave markers here are tombstones of veterans of the Civil War, and the Spanish American War. A cemetery association incorporated in 1972 cares for the historic graveyard. (1989) [Photo]

OAKALLA - LOCATION: Ranch Road 963, Main Street of Oakalla, 26 Miles NE of Burnet.
The first settlers in this rich farm and ranch land arrived in the 1850s. Oakalla Post Office was established May 19, 1879. Schools were private until a cooperative was built which provided classrooms on the second floor.

Oakalla boased a doctor, drugstore, blacksmith shop, and a cotton
gin by 1881. The two-acre school site was deeded in 1890. Worship was held in the schoolhouse and in brush arbors until 1908 when Oakalla Baptist Church erected a meetinghouse. The school consolidated in 1958 with Lampasas and the building became a community center. (1979)

OATMEAL CEMETERY - LOCATION: 5.2 miles SW of Bertram on FM 243, then left on CR 326 0.2 miles, then right on CR 327 0.7 miles.

Some of the earliest pioneers of the Oatmeal community are interred in this cemetery. The oldest documented burials are those of Mary Smith and her year-old daughter, Fanny, both of whom died on September 16, 1854. Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Roundtree deeded the two acres of land containing the cemetery in 1871. Among those interred here are veterans of the Civil War, World War I, and World War II. An additional land acquisition in 1983 enlarged the cemetery to three acres. A cemetery association formed in 1945 maintains the historic graveyard. (1990) [Photo]

OATMEAL SCHOOL (EARLY) - LOCATION: Ranch Road W. to Oatmeal, due east of Oatmeal community center on county road of Creek

This building, once a combined school and church, was erected in 1869 in Oatmeal, second oldest community in Burnet County. The settlement, founded in 1849, had a post office from 1853-1876. This limestone structure was successor to the first school of 1850. Excepting minor repairs and additions of a board floor, building looks much as it did in 1869. It is a church today. A third school build in 1924 now houses a community center.. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark -1968. [Photo of Oatmeal School

LOCATION: NE corner of court house lawn in Burnet. Erected by the State of Texas 1936, with
funds appropriated by the Federal Government to commemoriate 100 years of Texas Independence.

Samuel E. Holland, first settler, 1848, Logan Vandeveer, Peter Kerr, William H. Magill, Noah Smithwick, Jesse burnam, R. H. Hall, General Adam R. Johnson, Captain Christian Dorbandt, and to those pioneers who pushed into this wilderness and established here the first traces of human habitation, unknown planters sowing seeds for a new civilization. They marked for us our channels of trade and industry. (They) Built the first schools and churches and after the tumult of Indian depredations and the terrible scars of Civil War, returned and again took up the ax and plow and brought new acres into cultivation. Most of them died in obscurity and were laid to rest in the county of their adoption. As the rank and file of our pioneers, we honor their memory for the deeds they performed and the doctrines they taught.

Fort Croghan - Established here March 18, 1849, abandoned by troops in December 1853,
permanently abandoned 1855.

Burnet County created February 5, 1852 organized August 28, 1852, by Logan Vandeveer, William H. Magill, R. H. Hall.

Landmarks...Holland Springs, first settlement in 1848; Fort Croghan established 1849; Morman Mill built 1850; Black's Fort built 1851; Smithwick Mill established 1855.

  POWDER HOUSE - LOCATION: on Fort Croghan Museum Grounds in Burnet.

One of 8 buildings of Fort Croghan, United States Army Post 1849-1853. Later used by frontier "Minute Men" and local settlers. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark -1966. [Photo]

PRAIRIE POINT COMMUNITY. LOCATION: 5 miles N. of Bertram on FM 243, then 2 miles E on CR 274 to intersection with CR 280.
Anglo settlement of this part of Burnet County began in the 1850s. By the 1870s, settlers had established cattle and sheep ranches as well as a number of family farms. A community school opened in 1882 and remained in operation until 1921. The Prairie Point missionary Baptist Church was organized in 1883 and met in the schoolhouse until it burned in 1890. The congregationed worshipped in a brush arbor until a new school was erected, then met at the school until 1906, when a new sanctuary was built. The church eventually was disbanded in 1957. (1994)

PRAIRIE VIEW CEMETERY - LOCATION: 3.2 miles S. of Briggs on US 183.
Pioneer settlers in this vicinity met together for worship services in the Gum Springs schoolhouse until 1892, when Stephen Taylor deeded land at this site for church and cemetery purposes. This <>historic cemetery began in the churchyard of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, South (also known as Prairie View Church) in the early 1890s.
The earliest documented grave in the cemetery is that of Scottish native James Smith (1836-1892), who immigrated to Texas in 1884. Those interred here include pioneer settlers, a number of infants and small children, and veterans of the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and Korea. 

The Prairie View Church moved to Briggs in 1906 and became the Briggs Methodist Church.  The congregation later was dissolved, and the members attended worship services in neighboring communities.  The church building was moved to Lampasas in 1951 and converted into a parsonage.
The Prairie View Cemetery serves as a physical reminder of the area's pioneer heritage. The Prairie View Cemetery association, organized in 1977, provides maintenance for the historic graveyard.  (1991)

ROBERTS, GOVERNOR O.M. (HOUSE) - LOCATION: 819 7th Street, Marble Falls.

President of the 1861 secession convention and a Confederate officer, Oran M. Roberts (1815-1898) served as governor of Texas from 1879 to 1883. After leaving office, he became a law professor at the University of Texas. He built this cottage at Third and Main Street and settled there after his retirement in 1893. Mr. and Mrs. H.E. Faubian bought the house in 1901 and moved it to this site. They altered the front porch and roofline, adding Victorian touches.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark -1978.  [Photo]

ROCKVALE CEMETERY. LOCATION: 5 miles NW of Spicewood on Burnet County Road 404.

The once thriving community of Rockvale began as a pioneer settlement in the 1850s. A log cabin built in 1855 served as a school and church. A Baptist Church was erected in 1856 and had eight charter members. Over 36 acres of land were deeded by Thomas Lloyd Denniston in 1872 to the Methodist Episcopal Church. A stone church building was erected on the land, and two acres were set aside for a cemetery. The earliest recorded burial is that of infant John Francis from 1870. The cemetery north of here is one of the few remnants of the Rockvale community, and is still in use. (1996) [Photo]

ROPER HOTEL - LOCATION: 707 Third Street, Marble Falls.

George C. and Elizabeth Roper constructed this double-galleried hotel building about 1888. In the growing town of Marble Falls, the Roper Hotel became a popular stop for visiting businessmen and dignitaries. It was purchased by W.F. Smith in 1926 and later operated as the Central Hotel and the Francis House. His son, R.O. Smith, who became manager in the 1930s, lter served as mayor of Marble Falls. The hotel remained in the Smith family until 1963. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1981. [Photo]

William H. and Mary Russell built this Victorian residence in 1883-84. Russell, a veteran of the Civil War (1861-65), headed the Burnet School system about 15 years. Sold in 1895, the house had such tenants as J. W. Edgar, later State Commissioner of Education, and J. H. Gildart, one of the first Texas game wardens. Since 1922 the property has been owned and preserved by the family of Samuel A. and Pearl (Teagle) McFarland. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1978. [Photo]

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