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[Texas Historical Commission Marker: Ninth Texas Cavalry]

[Texas Historical Commission Marker: Ninth Texas Cavalry]

Date: 2011-12/2012-03
Creator: West, Carolyn Effie
Description: Photograph of the Texas Historical Commission marker for Ninth Texas Cavalry in Sherman, Texas. Text: The Ninth Texas Cavalry consisted of about 1,000 mounted volunteers from Grayson, Tarrant, Hunt, Hopkins, Cass, Red River, Titus, and Lamar counties. They gathered about 15 miles northwest of here at Brogdon's Springs on October 2, 1861, and were mustered into Confederate service under Colonel William B. Sims. Under Colonel Sims the Ninth Cavalry saw considerable action in the Indian Territory of present-day Oklahoma before joining General Ben McCulloch's Army in Arkansas in late January 1862. Colonel Sims was wounded during the Battle of Pea Ridge in March 1862 and Lt. Colonel William Quayle took command. The Ninth Cavalry numbered 657 men in late spring 1862 when they marched to Mississippi to join the Third, Sixth, and Twenty-seventh Texas Cavalry units and formed a cavalry brigade under the command of Lawrence S. Ross. For 15 months Ross' brigade saw almost continual action in Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, and Georgia. They participated in the assault that captured and burned the federal gunboat "Petrel" in 1864. By November 1864 the Ninth Cavalry consisted of only 110 men. Ross' brigade surrendered to federal troops at Jackson, Mississippi, on May ...
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Carolyn West
[Photograph of the Grave of Mita and Hugh Hall]

[Photograph of the Grave of Mita and Hugh Hall]

Date: 2011-12/2012-03
Creator: West, Carolyn Effie
Description: Photograph of the grave of Mita Holsapple Hall (1885 - 1965) and Hugh Edward Hall (1871-1931) in Sherman, Texas. Floral engravings decorate the left and right edges of the marker.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Carolyn West
[Texas Historical Commission Marker: Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad]

[Texas Historical Commission Marker: Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad]

Date: 2011-12/2012-03
Creator: West, Carolyn Effie
Description: Photograph of the Texas Historical Commission marker for Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad in Denison, Texas. Text: In 1865 the Union Pacific Railway Southern Branch was incorporated to build a railroad from the St. Louis-Kansas City area to the Gulf of Mexico. In 1870, with construction completed to the border of Indian Territory, the line was renamed the Missouri, Kansas, & Texas Railroad. This title was often shortened to M-K-T, which led to the familiar nickname by which the line is best known - "The Katy". Following the route of an old cattle trail, the Katy became the first railroad to cross Indian Territory, now the State of Oklahoma, and enter Texas from the North. On Christmas Day 1872, over 100 passengers rode the first Katy train into Denison, a new townsite named for M-K-T Vice President George Denison. The construction and acquisition of branch lines soon extended the Katy east to Greenville, west to Rotan and Wichita Falls, and south to Galveston and San Antonio. By 1904, the system had over 1,000 miles of track in Texas. The railroad transported cattle, cotton, and other crops to market. It also carried passengers on such trains as the "Texas Special" and the "Katy Flyer" ...
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Carolyn West
[Photograph of Miller's Spring]

[Photograph of Miller's Spring]

Date: 2011-12/2012-03
Creator: West, Carolyn Effie
Description: Photograph of Miller's Spring to Denison, Texas. The spring can be partially seen in the right of the picture with a decorative rock wall along the edge of the spring. Trees and houses can be seen in the background.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Carolyn West
[Texas Historical Commission Marker: North-South Railway Connection]

[Texas Historical Commission Marker: North-South Railway Connection]

Date: 2011-12/2012-03
Creator: West, Carolyn Effie
Description: Photograph of the Texas Historical Commission marker for North-South Railway Connection in Denison, Texas. Text: On December 24, 1872, a Missouri, Kansas, & Texas (Katy) railroad train carrying 100 passengers arrived here in the newly established railroad town of Denison. Its arrival marked the culmination of years of effort by the Katy to construct a rail line from the border of Kansas and the Indian Territory (Oklahoma) south to the Red River and into Texas. The Katy earned this lucrative right-of-way by being first in a national competition to construct a rail line from St. Louis south to the Indian Territory. Several months later the unheralded connection of the nation's first north-to-south rail service west of the Mississippi River was established here when a Texas central railroad train pulled into Denison from the south on March 10, 1873. In a brief ceremony to commemorate the occasion Denison Mayor L. S. Owings addressed a small crowd by reading the contents of a telegram he had dispatched to Galveston, Houston, New York, Boston, Chicago, St. Louis, and San Francisco proclaiming his town's new role as a key link in the nation's network of rail lines. With this connection passengers and shippers could ...
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Carolyn West
[State Historical Survey Committee Marker: Miller's Spring]

[State Historical Survey Committee Marker: Miller's Spring]

Date: 2011-12/2012-03
Creator: West, Carolyn Effie
Description: Photograph of the State Historical Survey Committee marker for Miller's Spring in Denison, Texas. Text: On homesite bought Oct. 15, 1866, by J.K. Miller (1826-1908), this spring supplied his household, neighbors, travelers on nearby ferry road. Civic-minded miller gave alternate business area lots to the city of Denison; also sites for each early church, first public school, forest park. (1972).
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Carolyn West
[Photograph of North-South Railway Connection]

[Photograph of North-South Railway Connection]

Date: 2011-12/2012-03
Creator: West, Carolyn Effie
Description: Photograph of North-South Railway Connection in Denison, Texas. There is a large train with "MKT" painted on the side. On the left of the photograph, there is a wooden pole with a sign for the Red River Railroad Museum, Incorporated.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Carolyn West
[Texas Historical Commission Marker: Mita Holsapple Hall]

[Texas Historical Commission Marker: Mita Holsapple Hall]

Date: 2011-12/2012-03
Creator: West, Carolyn Effie
Description: Photograph of the Texas Historical Commission marker for Mita Holsapple Hall (1885-1965) in Sherman, Texas. Text: Born near Fair Dealing, Kentucky, Mita Holsapple moved with her family to Sherman as a child and graduated from Mary Nash College. Wed to Hugh E. Hall in 1919, she organized the first Camp Fire Girls group in Sherman two years later. For the next 44 years, her commitment to the Camp Fire movement endeared her to the young women of Sherman and led to local, district and national leadership positions and honors in the organization. In addition to numerous other civic and cultural activities, she co-authored a history of Grayson County for the Texas Centennial in 1936.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Carolyn West
[Texas Historical Commission Marker: Odd Fellows Hall]

[Texas Historical Commission Marker: Odd Fellows Hall]

Date: 2011-12/2012-03
Creator: West, Carolyn Effie
Description: Photograph of the Texas Historical Commission marker for Odd Fellows Hall in Sherman, Texas. Text: Erected in 1875. Third meeting place for Sherman Lodge #45 since organization Sept. 27, 1854. Center of community activity; opened a school (74 students) 11 years before first city public school. At June 21, 1862, meeting all members except one elderly brother left for Confederate service. This meeting was not officially closed until war's end. 3 Grand Masters of Texas and 1 Sovereign Grand Master of the world came from membership.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Carolyn West
[Photograph of Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad]

[Photograph of Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad]

Date: 2011-12/2012-03
Creator: West, Carolyn Effie
Description: Photograph of outside the train station for the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad in Denison, Texas. There are trees lining a path leading up to a fountain and the station.
Contributing Partner: Private Collection of Carolyn West
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