Historical Markers in
Milam County, Texas

All Saints Episcopal Church Apache Pass River Crossing Ben Milam Bryant Station Buckholts Brethren Church Buckholts SPJST Lodge Hall Burlington Cemetery Bushdale Cemetery Bushdale Community City of Rockdale Coffield House Daniel and Precilla Gilleland Davilla Baptist Church Dr. Nathan Cass House ("Ne Plus Ultra") First Baptist Church of Cameron First Baptist Church of Rockdale First Christian Church of Rockdale First Girl's Tomato Club in Texas First National Bank of Cameron First Presbyterian Church of Maysfield First United Methodist Church of Cameron Friendship Methodist Church Friendship School, Site of Friendship United Methodist Church Cemetery Gause Peaceful Rest Cemetery George Green George Sessions Perry Green-Batte House Hope Lutheran Church Hope Lutheran Memorial Park International & Great Northern Railroad Passenger Depot Jewish Cemetery John Garner John Hobson La Recluta and La Escuelita Lewis Family Cemetery Lilac Lilac Cemetery Little River Baptist Church and Cemetery Locklin Cemetery Massillon Farley Matinee Musical Club Maysfield United Methodist Church Milam County Milam County Jail of 1895 Minerva-Midway Cemetery Moss Ragsdale Cemetery Mount Zion Baptist Church Mrs. Edna Westbrook Trigg Mt. Homer Baptist Church Cemetery Murray Cemetery New Providence Primitive Baptist Church North Elm Cemetery O.J. Thomas High School Old City Cemetery Pin Oak Cemetery Port Sullivan Port Sullivan Cemetery R. F. and Minta Pool House Railroads in Rockdale Rainbow Tourist Camp and Courts Rev. Joseph P. Sneed S. S. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church Saint Michael's Catholic Church Salty Community San Andres Masonic Lodge No. 170, A.F. & A.M. San Gabriel Christian Church Sharp Sharp Cemetery Sharp General Store Sharp Presbyterian Church Site of First Home in Cameron Site of Major Bryant's Home Site of Mission San Francisco Xavier de Los Dolores Site of Mundine Hotel Site of the Mission Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria Site of the Mission San Ildefonso Site of the Town of Nashville Springfield Missionary Baptist Church St. John Lutheran Church St. John Lutheran Church Cemetery St. Michael's Cemetery St. Monica's Catholic Church St. Paul Luthern Church, School and Cemetery St. Thomas Episcopal Church Steamboat Washington Landed Here Sugarloaf Mountain The B. J. and Sue Dollar Baskin Home The Kay Theater The Town of Gause Urban Cemetery Val Verde Baptist Church Walkers Creek Cemetery Westbrook-Walker Cemetery Wied Hardware Store William Carroll Sypert William Persky Williams-Atkinson Homestead Wilson-Ledbetter Park
The Battle of San Jacinto fought on April 21, 1836, was the decisive battle of the Texas Revolution, and led to the capture of Santa Anna and the end of the conflict.
Milam County, located in central Texas, has a rich and diverse history that dates back to the early 19th century. The area was originally inhabited by various Native American tribes, including the Tonkawa, Lipan Apache, and Comanche. These tribes coexisted with Spanish explorers and later with Anglo settlers who gradually began to migrate to the area.

In 1825, the Mexican government issued land grants in the region, attracting a wave of American immigrants to the area. In 1834, the Mexican government designated Milam County as a separate municipality, and it was named after Benjamin Rush Milam, a prominent Texas revolutionary. After the Texas Revolution in 1836, the region experienced continuous growth and development.

During the mid-19th century, agriculture became the primary industry in Milam County, with cotton being the dominant crop. Many plantations were established, relying on slave labor until the abolition of slavery in 1865. The county also saw the establishment of several small towns, including Cameron, Rockdale, and Buckholts, which served as centers of trade and commerce.

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the arrival of the railroad played a significant role in the county's development. The expansion of rail lines allowed for easier transportation of goods and people, boosting the local economy. The county experienced periods of prosperity and setbacks, including the Great Depression, but managed to rebound and adapt to changing economic conditions.

Today, Milam County remains an agricultural hub, known for its production of cotton, corn, and livestock. It is also home to scenic landscapes, historical landmarks, and a vibrant community that values its history and heritage. The county continues to evolve, embracing new opportunities while preserving its cultural roots.

This timeline provides a concise overview of the key events in the history of Milam County, Texas.

  • 1824 - Milam County is part of the Mexican state of Coahuila y Tejas
  • 1837 - The Republic of Texas establishes Milam County as a separate entity
  • 1846 - Milam County is officially part of the state of Texas after the Texas Annexation
  • 1860s - Milam County experiences a surge in population and economic growth due to the railroad expansion
  • 1874 - Cameron is selected as the county seat of Milam County
  • 1940s-1950s - Milam County becomes an important hub for oil and gas production
  • 1960s-1970s - Milam County faces economic decline due to the decrease in oil and gas production
  • 1990s - Milam County experiences some economic revitalization through tourism and the establishment of new industries