Early History of Walker Co., Texas

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by John L. Baldwin

[The following is an unpublished account of the early history of Walker County, Texas.  Please keep in mind that it was written in 1954 or 1955.  It was written by John W. Baldwin as partial fulfillment of the requirements for a Master Of Arts degree at Sam Houston State Teachers College in Huntsville, Texas. ]
Reprinted with permission from the author

Acknowledgements:  The author wished to express his grateful appreciation to his father, L. B. Baldwin, without whose encouragement, suggestions, and assistance, this thesis could never have been prepared, and to the many persons who so kindly and willingly cooperated in the gathering of this material.

Table of Contents

I. Introduction
Statement of the Problem
Methods of Investigation
Related Studies
The Land And Its Early Inhabitants
Geography and Topography
Indian Inhabitants of Walker County
Spanish and French Exploration of the Walker County area
Creation and Organization
IV Early Transportation and Industry
Roads and Stage Lines
Trinity River Traffic
Coming of the Railroad
Industry in the County
V Huntsville
Social Life in Huntsville
The Texas Prison System
Huntsville's Early Newspapers

Churches of Huntsville
   Baptist Church
   The First Methodist Church
   The First Presbyterian Church
   First Christian Church

Schools of Huntsville
   Austin College
   Andrew Female College
   Mitchell College
   Bishop Ward Normal
   Sam Houston Normal Institute
VI Other Walker County Settlements
   New Waverly
VII Ghost Towns of Walker County

This work written and researched by John W. Baldwin in 1954.
Reprinted with permission from the author