Historical Markers in
Harris County, Texas

1840 Houston City Cemetery A. M. Armand House Abraham Roberts Homesite Acres Homes Community Adams House Albert & Katie Van Hook House Aldine Alexander Travis Hawthorn Alief Cemetery Alief Cemetery Allen Ranch Allen's Landing Almeda Amos B. Edson Amos Cemetery Ancient Order of Pilgrims Anderson House Anderson, Clayton & Co. Angelo and Lillian Minella House Annunciation Church Anson Jones Antioch Missionary Baptist Church Archibald S. Lewis Archibald Wynns Arnot House Arthur B. Cohn House Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church Ashbel Smith, M. D. Astrodome Auditorium Hotel Augustus Chapman Allen Autry House Bailey Anderson Baker-Jones House Barbara Charline Jordan Barker Post Office Battle of San Jacinto Bay Ridge / Morgan's Point Bayland Guards Bayland Orphans Home Bayou Bend Baytown Mexican School Baytown Post Office Bear Creek Methodist Church and Cemetery Bell Prairie Bellaire Bellaire Presbyterian Church Bellaire Streetcar Line Belle Sherman Kendall Benjamin Apartments Bering Memorial United Methodist Church Beth Israel Cemetery Bethany Baptist Church Bethel Baptist Church Bethel United Methodist Church Bethesda Baptist Church Birth of Texas Zydeco in Frenchtown Bishop College Blue Triangle Branch, Y. W. C. A. Building Bonin Family Cemetery Booker T. Washington High School Booker T. Washington School Brill-Mueller House Brown Chapel A. M. E. Church Bryan-Chapman House Camp Logan Captain William Plunkett Harris Caspar Braun Catherine Wunderlich Cedar Bayou Masonic Lodge No. 321, A. F. & A. M. Cedar Bayou United Methodist Church Charlotte Marie Baldwin Allen Chinese Texans and Civil Rights Christ Church Cathedral City of Baytown City of Humble City of Pasadena Clayton House Clayton, W. L. and Susan College Memorial Park Cemetery Colonel Benjamin Franklin Terry Confederate Capitol of Missouri Confederate Memorial Confederate Memorial Confederate Naval Works at Goose Creek "Constitution" Bend Contributions to the Texas Rice Industry by Seito and Kiyoaki Saibara Cooley School County Line Cemetery Courtlandt Place Crown Hill Cemetery Cumberland Presbyterians in Harrison County Cypress Dairy (Alief) Damascus Missionary Baptist Church Daniel Denton Cooley Darius Gregg Daughters of the Republic of Texas David Barker House David Finney Stuart, M.D. David Grieves David Porter Richardson de Zavala Plaza Deer Park Democratic National Convention, 1928 DePelchin Faith Home Dora B. Lantrip Elementary School Dr. Benjamin Jesse Covington and the Covington House Dr. John H. Foster House Dr. Matthew W. Dogan, Sr. Dr. Penn B. and Annie A. Thornton House Dr. Samuel Floyd Vaughan Home Early Settlers in Deer Park East Texas Baptist University Ebenezer Methodist Church Edgemont Edward & Katharine Jackson House Edward K. T. Chen Edward Mandell House Edward R. and Ann Taylor Edwin and Daphne Neville House Edwin Fairfax Gray El Barrio del Alacrán Eldorado Ballroom Eli Noland Elks Building Ellington Field Ellis Benson Emancipation Park Emmanuel Baptist Church Enoch Brinson & Pecan Grove Plantation Eugene Thomas Heiner Evergreen Cemetery Evergreen Cemetery Ewing Chapel Cemetery Ezekial and Mary Jane Miller House F.C.L. and Emilie Neuhaus House Fair Grounds Base Ball Park Farnsworth & Chambers Building Felix Tijerina Fidelity Schools Fielding G. Secrest First Airplane Flight Over Texas First Attorney General of Texas David Thomas First Baptist Church First Baptist Church of Houston First Baptist Church of Katy First Evangelical Church First Methodist Church First Methodist Church of Humble First Presbyterian Church First Presbyterian Church of Houston First Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church First State Bank of Hallsville First United Methodist Church of Houston First United Methodist Church of Humble First United Methodist Church of Katy First United Methodist Church of Pasadena Fondren Mansion Former Site of Old Concord Methodist Church and Concord Masonic Lodge Forrest-Rogers-Dollahite Cemetery Forum of Civics Founders' Memorial Park Cemetery Fourth Missionary Baptist Church Fraley-Garland House Freeman Wilkinson Frost Town Fry-Barry House Galilee Missionary Baptist Church Garrow House Genoa United Methodist Church George Allen George Washington Carver High School George Washington Carver High School Gilmer-Cage-Cohn House Ginocchio Hotel and Restaurant Ginocchio-Cook-Pedison House Girlhood Home of Southern Beauty Lucy Holcombe Pickens Glendale Cemetery Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church Gov. John B. Connally, Jr. Home Governor Edward Clark Governor Edward Clark Grace United Methodist Church Grand Court Order of Calanthe of Texas Gravesite of John Kirby Allen Gray Lodge No. 329, A. F. & A. M. Greater Ward A.M.E. Church Greater Zion Missionary Baptist Church Greenwood Cemetery Gribble-Hofheinz House Griffin Memorial House Gulf Building Gum Springs Cemetery Gustav August Forsgard Hagerty-Harris House Hall of Cedar Bayou Masonic Lodge No. 321, A. F. & A. M. Hallsville Hamilton Shirts Hammer-McFaddin-Harris Cemetery Hannah Este Burnet Harleton Harleton Methodist Church Harper House Harris County Harris County Boys' School Archeological Site Harris County Courthouse of 1910 Harris County Department of Education Harrisburg-Jackson Cemetery Harrison Barrett Harrison County Harrison County Harrison County Courthouse Harvey Homan Heights Church of Christ Henry Livingston Thompson Heritage Presbyterian Church Hidalgo Park Quiosco Hillendahl Cemetery Historic La Porte Colored School Hogg Building Holcombe House Holland Lodge No. 1, A.F. & A.M. of Texas Hollingsworth Family Cemetery Hollywood Cemetery Holy Cross Mission (Episcopal) Home of Last Texas Confederate Governor Pendleton Murrah Home of Mrs. Margaret McCormick Home of William Thomas Scott Home Town of Texas Confederate General Elkanah Greer Homesite (Point Pleasant) of William Scott Hometown of Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson Horace Dickinson Taylor Horace Randal Hortense Sparks Malsch Ward Houston Houston Bar Association Houston Cemetery Company Houston City, Republic of Texas Houston Cotton Exchange and Board of Trade Houston Fire Station No. 7 Houston Heights Houston Heights City Hall and Fire Station Houston Heights Woman's Club Houston Infirmary Houston Light Guard Armory Houston Negro Chamber of Commerce Houston Public Library Houston Yacht Club Houston's Deep-Water Port Houston's First Sit-In Howard Cottonseed Oil Company Huelga Schools Hugo Victor Neuhaus, Jr. House Humble Cemetery Humble Independent School District Humble Lodge No. 979, A.F. & A.M. Humble Oil & Refining Company Humphrey and Sarah Merriman Jackson Humphrey Jackson Immaculate Conception Catholic Church Immanuel United Church of Christ of Spring Independence Heights Irvin Capers Lord Isaac L. Jaques Isaiah P. Walker House J. Robert Neal Estate Garden J. Vance Lewis James Collinsworth James F. Taylor Lodge No. 169, A.F. & A.M. James Harper Starr James Judson and Lena Carter Carroll House James L. Autry House James L. Farmer, Jr. James Leonard Farmer, Sr. James Robert Cade James S. and Alfred T. Lucas Jefferson Davis Hospital Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church Jethro Russell Bancroft Joe Weisman and Company John and Bessie Parker House John Barry Henderson Home John Cheevers John Kirby Allen John M. Dorrance House John Milroy House John R. Reid John Richardson John Sessums, Jr. John T. Mills John Thomas Biggers John Viven John W. Moore Jones-Hunt House Jordan Grove Missionary Baptist Church Joseph Ehlinger Joseph William Ellender Judge J. B. Williamson House Julia Ideson Building K'Nesseth Israel Synagogue Kahn Memorial Hospital Kellum-Noble House Key Log Cabin Kleb Family House Kohrville Kohrville Community KUHT-TV, Channel 8 La Porte LaGrone's Chapel Lambrecht's Artesian Well Lane, Walter Payne League of United Latin American Citizens, Council 60 Lee College LH7 Ranch Link-Lee House Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant Lorenzo de Zavala Lorenzo de Zavala Louis Wiltz Kemp Lt. Gen. George Perry Rains Lynch's Ferry Lynch's Ferry Lynchburg Cemetery Lynchburg Town Ferry M. D. Anderson Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church Magnolia Brewery Building Magnolia Cemetery Magnolia Hall Magnolia Park Magnolia Park City Hall and Central Fire Station Major Isaac N. Moreland Major Richard William (Dick) Dowling, C. S. A. Mallalieu United Methodist Church Married Ladies Social, Art and Charity Club Marshall Marshall Marshall Cemetery Marshall Hall Marshall Hebrew Cemetery Marshall Hebrew Cemetery (HTC)(Medallion only) Marshall Pottery Marshall Powder Mill Marshall, C.S.A. Marshall-Shreveport Stagecoach Road Marshall: Birthplace of Boogie Woogie Matthew Burnett Homesite Matthew Duncan Ector Matthews-Johnson House Maurice J. Sullivan Maybee, Jacob McDougle Cemetery McGhee Elementary School Building Melvin B. Tolson Merchants and Manufacturers Building Mexican Cavalry, Battle of San Jacinto Minchen House Mollie Bailey Moonshine Hill Moore Log House Moore, Jim Morgan's Point Cemetery Moses W. Brigham Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Mount Vernon United Methodist Church Mrs. Rebecca Lamar Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Church Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church Mulcahy House Myer-Hall House Myers-Spalti Manufacturing Plant Near Home Site of John Peter Sjolander Near Site of Isaac Batterson Home Ned A. & Linda S. Eppes House Nesbitt Cemetery New Washington New Zion Temple Church - Worldwide Fellowship, Inc. Nichols-Rice-Cherry House Noonday Cemetery Noonday Holiness Camp Interdenominational Oakland Old Dyer House, 1890 Old Grover Cemetery Old Harrisburg Old Market Square Old Powder Mill Cemetery Old Salem Lutheran Church Site Old Town of Port Caddo Olivewood Cemetery Original site of the Houston Coca-Cola Bottling Company Origins of Freedman's Town Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Pasadena Independent School District Peacock Records Perry Cemetery Peter Jefferson Duncan Pierce House Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ Pillot Building Pillot Cemetery Pillot Family Pillot House Piney Cemetery Pioneer Memorial Log House Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Pleasantville Prairie Grove Cemetery Pratt Truss Bridge Prehistoric Indian Campsite Professor H. B. Pemberton Reagan Masonic Lodge No. 1037 A. F. & A. M. Rev. John "Jack" Henry Yates Rice University Ritson Morris and Elmwood Plantation Robert Barr Robert E. Lee High School Robert W. Loughery, Civil War Editor Robert W. Montgomery Roberts Cemetery Rose Hill Methodist Church Building Rose Hill United Methodist Church Roy and Lillie Cullen Building Rutherford B. H. Yates, Sr., House Sabine Farms Saint John United Church Saint Mary's Seminary Saint Paul A. M. E. Church Salem Lutheran Cemetery Salem Lutheran School Sam (Lightnin') Hopkins Sam Houston Crossed Buffalo Bayou Sam Houston High School Sam Houston Park Sam Houston School Sam Houston's 1857 Campaign in Marshall Sam Houston's 1857 Campaign in Marshall Sampson Masonic Lodge No. 231 A. F. & A. M. Samuel McCarley Homesite Samuel Paschall San Felipe Cottage San Jacinto Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas San Jacinto Community College District San Jacinto High School Schlobohm Cemetery Seal McDougle Cemetery Sessums & Virginia Cleveland House Shepherd Drive Methodist Church Sherman, Gen. Sidney, Home of Simmons Hill Baptist Church Site of Academy of the Incarnate Word Site of Battle of San Jacinto, 1836 Site of Central School Site of Confederate Powder Mill Site of Confederate Prison Compound Site of Davidson Homestead Site of General Offices, Buffalo Bayou, Brazos & Colorado Railroad Site of Lubbock Ranch Site of Marshall Masonic Female Institute Site of Marshall University Site of New Kentucky Site of Old Houston Academy Site of Sunken Confederate Ship Site of Temple Moses Montefiore Site of the Capitol Hotel Site of The Confederate Hat Factory in Marshall, C.S.A. Site of the First White House of the Republic of Texas Site of the Home of Dr. George Moffit Patrick Site of the Organization of Lady Washington Chapter, NSDAR Sloan Memorial United Methodist Church Smyrna Cemetery Smyrna United Methodist Church Solomon Ruffin Perry Sons of the Republic of Texas South Main Baptist Church Spring Spring Cemetery Spring Creek County St. Andrew's Episcopal Church St. James United Methodist Church St. John Lutheran Cemetery St. John Lutheran Church St. John Missionary Baptist Church St. John Missionary Baptist Church St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery St. Joseph Hospital St. Joseph's Catholic Church St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church St. Mark's United Methodist Church St. Nicholas Catholic Church St. Paul's United Methodist Church St. Peter Church St. Thomas High School Starr Family Home Strack Cemetery Swanson's Landing Sweeney, Coombs & Fredericks Building Sylvan Beach Pavilion Teas Nursery Company Temple Beth Israel Temple Emanu-El Cemetery Temple Lodge No. 4, A. F. & A. M. Temple Moses Montefiore, Site of Texan Army Crossing of Buffalo Bayou (San Jacinto) Texan Capture of Mexican Dispatches (San Jacinto) Texas & Pacific Depot Texas Army Attacked in Four Divisions Texas Railroads, C. S. A. The Allen House The Baytown Sun The Belle Fry Gaines House The Blue Bird Circle The City of Katy The Frenchtown Community The Garden Club of Houston The Governor Ross Sterling Mansion The Gregg-Furrh-Elder House The Hallsville Cemetery The Hochwald House The Houston Club The Houston Light Guard The Houston Lyceum The Hub Shoe Store The Kennedy Bakery The Kinkaid School The Klein Community The Legacy of Emancipation Park The Library Movement in Marshall The Lynchburg Volunteers The Murals of Hannah Hall The Playhouse Theatre The Rev. William M. Tryon The Reverend Ned P. Pullum The Sheridan Apartments The Turner House The W. L. Foley Building The Waldo Mansion Theis (Theiss) Family Third Church of Christ, Scientist Thomas H. Ball, Jr. Thomas J. and Mary Donoghue House Thomas William House Thomas William House, Jr. Tod-Milby Home Site Todd-McKay-Wheat House Town of Scottsville Trammel's Trace Cabin Trinity East United Methodist Church Trinity Episcopal Church Trinity Episcopal Church Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery Trinity United Methodist Church Twentieth-Century Development of Freedman's Town Underwood and Clara Nazro House Unknown Confederate Soldiers Van Zandt Hill W. T. Carter, Jr., House W. T. Carter, Sr. House Waddell's House Furnishing Company Warehouse Wade & Mamie Irvin House Wade and Mamie Irvin House Walter Paye Lane Ware Home Washington Cemetery Webster Presbyterian Church Webster-Mimosa Hall Cemetery Weisman-Hirsch House West Mansion West University Place, City of Whaley House Whetstone Memorial Whetstone-Lancaster House White Cemetery Wigfall House Wiley Cemetery Wiley College Will You Come to the Bower, Battle of San Jacinto William Bates Anderson Home William C. Swearingen William Daniel Durham William Delafield William Gammell William Gammell William Patillo House William S. Stilwell Within A Few Minutes, Battle of San Jacinto Site Woodland Heights Community Woodlawn Baptist Church Woodley Cemetery Woodley House Wooster Common School No. 38 Wooster Community Wunderlich Farm Wunsche Bros. Saloon and Hotel Wyalucing Wyalucing (RAZED) Young's Mill Pond Zion Lutheran Cemetery Zion Lutheran Church
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Harris County in Texas has a significant history that shaped its growth and importance. Established in 1837, the county was named after John Richardson Harris, founder of the first settlement, Harrisburg. Houston, the county seat, became a prominent commercial and shipping center due to its strategic location and railroads.

During the 19th and 20th centuries, Harris County experienced rapid economic diversification and growth. The discovery of oil in the Spindletop field fueled Houston's emergence as an energy and petrochemical hub. Industries like cotton, lumber, shipping, and manufacturing thrived. NASA's Johnson Space Center further solidified the county's significance in space exploration and technology.

Harris County's demographic diversity is a defining aspect, attracting immigrants from various backgrounds. Houston became a cosmopolitan city with a vibrant culinary scene, dynamic arts community, and diverse festivals, reflecting its multicultural fabric.

Today, Harris County remains an influential economic and cultural center. Its strong economy spans energy, healthcare, technology, and international trade. The county houses renowned medical facilities and research institutions. Despite facing natural disasters, Harris County showcases resilience and implements measures to mitigate their impact.

With its rich history, economic vitality, multiculturalism, and ongoing growth, Harris County continues to shape Texas as a thriving hub of commerce, culture, and innovation.

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

  • Pre-19th Century: The region was inhabited by various Native American tribes, including the Karankawa and Atakapa.

  • 1822: Harrisburg, the county's first settlement, is founded by John Richardson Harris, a pioneer and one of the early Texas colonists.

  • 1836: The Battle of San Jacinto, which secured Texas independence from Mexico, took place in present-day Harris County.

  • 1837: Harris County is officially established and named after John Richardson Harris.

  • 19th Century: Houston, the county seat and the largest city in Texas, experiences rapid growth due to its strategic location along Buffalo Bayou and the construction of railroads. The city becomes a major commercial and shipping hub, attracting industries such as cotton, lumber, and oil.

  • 20th Century: The discovery of oil in the nearby Spindletop field and the subsequent growth of the oil industry greatly contribute to Harris County's economic development. Houston becomes an energy and petrochemical center.

  • 1960s-1980s: The space industry plays a crucial role in Harris County's history with the establishment of NASA's Johnson Space Center, where mission control for the Apollo program is located.

  • Today: Harris County continues to be a thriving economic and cultural center. It is home to a diverse population, numerous industries, world-class medical facilities, and renowned cultural institutions.