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SHSC Historical Marker Central National Road 1844

Description: Photograph of an SHSC (State Historical Survey Committee) marker commemorating the Central National Road started by the Republic of Texas in 1844. The road beagan at the mouth of the Elm Fork of the Trinity River, passed through Milam County and downtown Paris, Texas, where this marker is placed at Union Station west of the downtown area. Text of the marker reads: "Central National Road of the Republic of Texas. Designed as a military highway, intended to make linkage with United States military road built to the north of the Red River in the 1820's. This was part of the national effort of Republic of Texas to open a good road system. Congress in 1839 passed a bill for a road east from Washington-on-the-Brazos to the Sabine River; 1841 legislation called for a road from the Nueces to the Red River and another from Austin to Santa Fe, New Mexico. The Central National Road was created in 1844, to reach from mouth of the Elm Fork on the Trinity to Kiomatia Crossing on the Red. It went down a main street in Paris, which was founded in 1844; near its south end was the 1841 John Neely Bryan home, around which the city of Dallas originated. Major George W. Stell surveyed the 130-mile route. Plans called for a road 30 feet wide and a clear of tree stumps over 12 inches high. For each mile of road built (including bridges), grants of 160 acres of public lands were offered. Commissioners were Roland W. Box, Harrison county; James Bradshaw, Nacogdoches County; William M. Williams and Jason Wilson, Lamar County; John Yeary, Fannin County. The route is roughly followed by later roads. (1968)"
Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

Union Station THC Marker in Paris, Texas

Description: Photograph of the Texas Historical Commission marker for the "Union Station" west of downtown Paris, Texas. This view shows the wide overhang with flat support brackets making a geometric design, a light, and the corner of the building.
Date: November 13, 2008
Creator: Bell, Jim
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

[Roof Tile Box]

Description: Photograph of the side of a box behind a chain link fence with a logo and the text, "Ludowici Roof Tile, Inc. P.O. Box 69, New Lexington, Ohio 43764. 'The crowning touch for over a century.'"
Date: November 4, 2009
Creator: Bell, Jim
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

[Looking Down at Staircase]

Description: Photograph looking down at a red flight of stairs inside the Wise County courthouse in Decatur, Texas. The text on the bottom step reads, "Watch Your Step". The floor is tiled, and a wrought-iron railing is visible to the right.
Date: unknown
Creator: Bell, Jim
Location Info:
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

[Monument to Veterans]

Description: Photograph of an engraving of soldiers on a monument of black stone. The text above the engraving reads: "In honor of all Navarro County veterans who answered the call of duty to preserve our freedom". A building, cars, and trees are visible in the background.
Date: unknown
Creator: Bell, Jim
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

[Mail Chute]

Description: Photograph of a U.S. mail chute in a building in Jefferson County, Texas. The text on the chute reads: "U.S. Mail Capitol Mail Chute Corp. Long Island City, N.Y."
Date: unknown
Creator: Bell, Jim
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

[Sign on Fence]

Description: Photograph of a sign hanging from a fence. It has a picture of a courthouse, and the text on the sign reads: "1901 Harrison County Courthouse... ...once again, the capitol building of the county. The restored courthouse will house *The County Judge *County Commissioners *Working Courtroom *New Harrison County Historical Museum".
Date: unknown
Creator: Bell, Jim
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

[Sign in Front of Courthouse]

Description: Photograph of a sign with depictions of a cow skull, a saddle, cacti, and stars, in front of the Wise County courthouse in Decatur, Texas. The text on the sign reads: "Going up the Texas Chisholm Trail 1867", and two columns are visible in the background.
Date: unknown
Creator: Bell, Jim
Location Info:
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

[World War I Memorial]

Description: Photograph of a World War I memorial at Angelina County, Texas, with a copper statue of a soldier on the top. The text on the memorial reads: "In grateful memory of our boys who gave their lives in the World War 1917-1918. Erected by the citizens of Angelina County. Sponsored by Angelina Post No. 113 American Legion".
Date: unknown
Creator: Bell, Jim
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

[Texas Historical Commission Marker: Site of Rehearsal Hall for The Hoo Hoo Band]

Description: Photograph of the Texas Historical Commission marker for the site of the rehearsal hall for The Hoo Hoo Band, located in front of the Perry Building in downtown Lufkin, Texas. Text: At the turn of the Century, a group of Lufkin men organized a town brass band. it late became known as The Hoo Hoo Band after representing Texas at a national convention of the Order of Hoo Hoo, an organization of American and Canadian lumbermen. In addition to concerts in nearby Cotton (Calder) Square, the band performed at various events and also directed such civic projects as the formation of the ton's fire department. Inactive by the 1920s when school bands became popular, The Hoo Hoo Band remains a symbol of Lufkin's early civic pride and quality of life. (1982)
Date: January 27, 2010
Creator: Bell, Jim
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

[Text on Cornerstone]

Description: Photograph of a cornerstone at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Beaumont, Texas. The text on the cornerstone reads: "This stone laid by W. G. Lodge of Texas A.F. & A.M. John Watson, Grand Master. Erected 1902. Eudgene T. Heiner - J. M. Brown Architect Contractor Thomas H. Langham. R. W. Sanders. J. F. Keith. Building Committee."
Date: unknown
Creator: Bell, Jim
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

[Monument to Confederate Soldiers]

Description: Photograph of a statue of a soldier on top of a monument in Clarksville, Texas. The text at the base of the monument reads: "In memory of Our Confederate Soldiers". Buildings and cars are visible in the background.
Date: unknown
Creator: Bell, Jim
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

[Monument to Soldiers Killed in Action]

Description: Photograph of a four pillared monument to soldiers killed in action in Corsicana, Texas. The pillars have engravings of soldiers on them, and the text above them reads: "In honor of all who lie silent for protecting and defending the spirit of democracy and the ideals of freedom". A building and a car are visible in the background.
Date: unknown
Creator: Bell, Jim
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

[Plaque Between Columns]

Description: Photograph of a plaque in between two columns on a building in Mount Vernon, Texas. It reads: "Sealed herein 1986 Time Capsule. Placed by Franklin Co. Sesquicentennial Committee". The rest of the text is too small to read.
Date: unknown
Creator: Bell, Jim
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

[Plaque in Corsicana]

Description: Photograph of a plaque in front of the Navarro County courthouse in Corsicana, Texas. The text reads: "In celebration of the Texas sesquicentennial time capsule here buried for 50 years. Mar. 2, 1986".
Date: unknown
Creator: Bell, Jim
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell

[Base of Statue]

Description: Photograph of the text engraved on the base of a statue of Sam Houston in Huntsville, Texas. Plants and a building are visible in the background.
Date: unknown
Creator: Bell, Jim
Partner: Private Collection of Jim Bell