Historical Markers in
Burleson County, Texas

Alexander Thomson An Arm of The Chisholm Cattle Trail Black Jack Baptist Church Brazos Bottom Baptist Church Cemetery Brazos River Levee Burleson County Burleson County Burleson County C.S.A. Burleson County in World War II Caldwell Masonic Cemetery Caldwell Masonic Cemetery Caldwell National Bank Caldwell Volunteer Fire Department City of Caldwell City of Caldwell City of Caldwell Cooks Point Cooks Point United Methodist Church Deanville Duewall House Early Settlers of Burleson County Early Settlers of Burleson County in the Texas War for Independence Elizabeth Chapel Methodist Church First Baptist Church First Presbyterian Church of Caldwell First United Methodist Church of Caldwell First United Methodist Church of Somerville Fort Oldham Fort Tenoxtitlan Fort Tenoxtitlan Frenstat Cemetery Giesenschlag Cemetery Goodwill Missionary Baptist Church Hood's Texas Brigade, 1906 Reunion Horatio Chriesman J. L. Woods' Undertaking Company John Mitchell Josef Masik Lake Somerville Lee W. Henslee Lewis L. Chiles Lone Oak Baptist Church Lyons Lyons Methodist Church Macedonia Hix Baptist Church Moseley's Ferry Near Homesite of Judge Andrew S. Broaddus New Tabor Brethren Church New Tabor Cemetery Oaklawn Cemetery Oaklawn Cemetery Old City Cemetery Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church Porter House Providence Baptist Church Providence Cemetery Reeves-Womack House S.P.J.S.T. San Antonio Prairie Cemetery San Salvador Mission Church Site of Camino Real Site of Harvey House Snook Snook Brethren Church Snook Cemetery Somerville Somerville Stadium St. John's Lutheran Church St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery St. Mary's Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Thomas J. Gary Thomas Kraitchar, Jr. House Town of Chriesman Warren Lodge No. 56, A.F. & A.M. Waugh Campground Woodson Lumber Company Yegua Center at Somerville ISD Yegua Creek
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Burleson County, Texas has a rich history that dates back to the early 1800s when it was established as part of Stephen F. Austin's colony. The area was initially settled by farmers and ranchers, attracted by the fertile land along the rivers, including the Brazos River. Burleson County was officially formed in 1846 and named after Edward Burleson, a hero of the Texas Revolution.

During the Civil War, Burleson County saw its fair share of turmoil. Many of its residents enlisted in the Confederate Army, while others supported the Union. The county was occupied by Union troops for a short period, which caused further division among its residents.

In the late 19th century, the county experienced an economic boom with the expansion of the railroad. The arrival of the Houston and Texas Central Railway in the 1870s brought new opportunities for trade and commerce. Several communities, such as Caldwell and Snook, were established along the railroad routes and became important shipping centers for agricultural products.

Agriculture remained the backbone of the county's economy throughout the 20th century. Cotton, corn, and livestock farming were the mainstay of Burleson County's agricultural industry. The county also experienced growth in oil and gas production during the mid-20th century. In recent years, the county has diversified its economy with the growth of manufacturing and services sectors.

Today, Burleson County is a thriving community with a blend of rural charm and economic development. Its rich history is celebrated through various events and festivals, such as the Burleson County Czech Heritage Festival and the Caldwell Kolache Festival. The county's natural beauty, historic landmarks, and vibrant community make it a desirable place to live, work, and visit.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Burleson County, Texas.

  • 1841 - Burleson County is established as a part of the Republic of Texas
  • 1851 - The county seat is established in Caldwell
  • 1861-1865 - Burleson County residents actively participate in the American Civil War
  • 1870s - The county experiences growth with the arrival of the Houston and Texas Central Railroad
  • 1881 - A fire destroys many buildings in Caldwell
  • 1903 - The Texas A&M Southwest Experiment Station is established in Burleson County
  • 1930s - The Great Depression brings economic hardship to the county
  • 1940 - Oil and gas discoveries bring some economic relief to Burleson County
  • 1976 - The Burleson County Historical Society is formed
  • 1990 - The population of Burleson County reaches its peak at over 21,000 residents
  • 2000s - The county continues to focus on agricultural and oil industries while experiencing some population growth