Historical Markers in
Hunt County, Texas

American Legion Post No. 1, Bruce B. Williams Audie Murphy Benjamin D. Martin Birthplace of Audie Murphy Birthplace of Mack Harrell Birthplace of Maj. Gen. Claire L. Chennault Blanton School Bourland-Stevens-Samuell House Burleson College Caddo Indians of Hunt County Caney Cemetery Captain Henry W. Wade Centennial of Methodism in Commerce Center Point Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Central Christian Church (Disciples of Christ Central National Road "Cherry Hill" Home of Thomas N. Waul Claire Chennault (CHINESE LANGUAGE MARKER) Clinton Cemetery Commerce Post Office Concord Baptist Church Douglass School East Texas State University Ende-Gaillard House Farmers Electric Cooperative First Baptist Church First Baptist Church of Celeste First Baptist Church of Commerce First Christian Church of Commerce First Presbyterian Church of Commerce First Presbyterian Church of Greenville Fourth-Sunday Singing Gen. Hal C. Horton Home Germany House Grace Presbyterian Church Graham Point Cemetery Greenville Greenville Building and Loan Association Greenville Cotton Compress Greenville "Herald" Greenville's Electric Light Plant Harrell Campground Headwaters of the Sabine River Historic Site of Wolfe's Mill Humboldt Cemetery Hunt County Hunt County Courthouse, 1929 Hunt County's First Railroad I.O.O.F. Cemetery Incorporation of Commerce Jernigin's Store John L. Southall John T. Knight Josiah Hart Jackson, Texas Ranger Kavanaugh Methodist Church Kingston Baptist Church Lake Tawakoni Lallie P. Carlisle Lane Cemetery Lebanon Cemetery Lee Cemetery Library Movement in Greenville Lone Oak Baptist Church Lone Oak Methodist Church Majors Army Airfield Mary Jim Morris Merit Cemetery Merit Methodist Church Methodism, Centennial of Mt. Carmel Cemetery Mt. Moriah Temple Baptist Church Old National Road Crossing Peniel President's House Public Libraries of Greenville Quinlan Roberts Route of Old Colony Line Road Scatter Branch Church Shady Grove Community Site of Commerce Churches Site of Early Commerce Schools Site of Henry and Emerson Colleges Site of Phillips Field/Majors Stadium Site of Wesley College Sonora Cemetery St. Paul School Stewart Cemetery Sullivan Cemetery The Old Greenville Post Office The Seven Courthouses of Hunt County W. R. J. Camp House Wesley College Administration Building Wesley United Methodist Church Wesley United Methodist Church White Rock Baptist Church White Rock Community White Rock Methodist Church William Lane
Texas has been a major oil-producing state for over a century. The first big oil discovery in Texas was the Spindletop field near Beaumont in 1901, which set off a massive oil boom that transformed the state's economy and made Texas one of the wealthiest states in the country.

Hunt County, Texas is located in the northeastern part of the state and has a rich history that dates back to the early 19th century. The area was originally inhabited by the Caddo Native American tribe, who resided in the region for centuries before European settlers arrived.

The first European settlers arrived in the early 1800s, attracted by the fertile land and proximity to the Trinity River. The county was officially established in 1846 and was named after Memucan Hunt, who played a significant role in the Republic of Texas. The county seat, Greenville, was named after Thomas J. Green, a prominent lawyer and politician.

In its early years, Hunt County thrived on agriculture, with cotton being the primary crop. The county's economy boomed with the arrival of the railroad in the late 19th century, which facilitated transportation and boosted trade and commerce.

Over the years, Hunt County experienced growth and development, and the economy diversified. In the 20th century, industries such as manufacturing, retail, and healthcare emerged, contributing to the county's economic stability. The county also saw an increase in population, with Greenville becoming the largest city in the area.

Today, Hunt County is known for its vibrant community, rich cultural heritage, and natural beauty. It continues to be a hub for agricultural production, while also offering residents and visitors a wide range of recreational activities, historical sites, and local attractions.

  • 1839 - Hunt County is established on April 11, named after Memucan Hunt Jr., the first Republic of Texas Secretary of the Navy.
  • 1846 - Bonham is selected as the county seat.
  • 1850 - Hunt County's population reaches 1,914.
  • 1858 - Greenville becomes the new county seat.
  • 1861-1865 - Hunt County residents participate in the Civil War, with many serving in the Confederate military.
  • 1872 - The Texas and Pacific Railway arrives in Greenville, bringing economic growth to the area.
  • 1895 - A devastating fire destroys the Hunt County Courthouse in Greenville.
  • Early 1900s - Cotton and cottonseed oil continue as major industries in the county.
  • 1940s-1950s - Oil discoveries and production boom in Hunt County.
  • 1980s-present - Hunt County experiences continued economic growth, diversifying its industries and expanding its population.