Historical Markers in
Falls County, Texas

Allen House Barclay Cemetery Blue Ridge Baptist Church Boyhood Home of Tom Connally Bucksnort Bull Hill Cemetery Captain Henry Gray Carter Cedar Grove Baptist Church Cedar Springs Cemetery Church of the Visitation Clover Hill Cemetery Cottonwood Baptist Church Criswell Cemetery Dodson Place Falconer Home Falls County Falls County Courthouse Falls Health Spa Falls of the Brazos River First Baptist Church of Marlin First Baptist Church of Rosebud First Presbyterian Church of Lott First Presbyterian Church of Marlin First United Methodist Church of Marlin Fort Milam Frank and Julia Bockholt Home General Thomas Harrison Greater Providence Missionary Baptist Church Henslee House Highlands Mansion Hilton Hotel, Early Homesite of Theodore Rabroker Hope Cemetery Hot Mineral Water Indian Battlefield James Bayliss Buck Farmstead Jonathan Cochran Pool Judge Albert G. and Harriet Elizabeth Grimes Perry Live Oak Cemetery Long Branch Cemetery Lott Marlin McLennan's Bluff Mooreville Cemetery Mooreville Methodist Church Morgan Family Cemetery Mustang Prairie Old Settlers and Veterans Association of Falls County Perry United Methodist Church Phillips Cemetery Powell-Tull Cemetery Powers Chapel Rev. Nelson T. Denson and Marlin Missionary Baptist Church Roy Bedichek Sacred Heart Catholic Church Salem Lutheran Church Sarahville de Viesca, Site of Colonial Capital Silvia King Site of North Prairie School Site of St. Paul School Site of the Home of George Morgan Site of the Home of John Marlin Site of Wilson School St. Mary's Cemetery St. Paul United Church of Christ Stranger Community, Cemetery and Churches Trinity Lutheran Church Union Cemetery United Methodist Church of Lott Waite Cemetery Westphalia Little School Williams, William F. Woodland Cemetery
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Falls County is located in the central part of Texas, named after the beautiful 17-foot-high waterfalls that span the Brazos River. The area was originally home to several Native American tribes, including Appaches and Caddo Indians, who lived off hunting and gathering. The Spanish explorers arrived in the 16th century, claiming the land for Spain and establishing missions in the region. However, the native tribes fiercely resisted colonization efforts, resulting in tensions and conflicts.

In the early 19th century, European settlers began to arrive in Falls County, drawn by the fertile soil and abundant natural resources. The county was officially established in 1850, and the town of Marlin was designated as the county seat. The development of railroads during this period further spurred the growth of the region, allowing for easier transportation of goods and people.

During the Civil War, Falls County, like many other parts of Texas, heavily supported the Confederacy. The economy revolved around agriculture, especially cotton plantations, which relied on enslaved labor. However, the war brought multiple challenges to the county, including shortages of supplies and soldiers, as well as occasional conflicts with Union forces.

In the post-war era, Falls County faced a period of rebuilding and diversification. The reliance on cotton continued, but other industries such as livestock ranching and oil extraction began to play a significant role in the county's economy. Over the years, Falls County has gone through various changes and challenges, but it remains a vibrant community with a rich history tied to the land and its people.

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

  • 1837 - Falls County is established by the Republic of Texas
  • 1838 - The county seat is established in Perryville
  • 1850 - Marlin becomes the new county seat
  • 1861-1865 - Falls County residents serve in the Civil War
  • 1873 - The Houston and Texas Central Railway reaches Marlin
  • 1886 - The town of Lott is incorporated
  • 1896 - The Marlin Female Institute is established
  • 1910 - A serious cotton boll weevil infestation hits the county
  • 1921 - The infamous Klan trials take place in Marlin
  • 1953 - Falls County dedicates a new courthouse
  • 1975 - Marlin State Hospital is designated a National Historic Landmark
  • 1996 - The Marlin Democrat newspaper celebrates its 125th anniversary
  • 2018 - Falls County celebrates its 180th anniversary