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Texas Historical Marker #8557
Terrell State Hospital Cemetery. Soon after the Terrell State Hospital opened in July 1885, a portion of the property was set aside for burial of patients who died while hospitalized. The first burial here occurred Oct. 22, 1885. The oldest gravestone is dated Jan. 19, 1888, but most of the graves are unmarked. A fence separates the Jewish section of the cemetery. Some graves date from a smallpox epidemic in 1907. During the 1950s and 1960s, there were 30 to 35 burials a year, but the number gradually declined. #8557
?, Terrell, TX, United States
Fake Royal Warrant On the corner of this building can be seen the remains of a horseshoe, nails and crown placed here by Mr McKenzie, Blacksmith after he had re-shoed a horse drawing Queen Victoria's carriage during her visit on 13th September 1842.
Stirling Road/Bridgend, Dunblane, United Kingdom
Texas Historical Marker #10368
Site of Old Normandy. First Norwegian colony in Texas. Founded in 1845 by Johan Reinert Reierson (1810-1864) and Ole Reierson, of Holt, Norway. In "Christianssandsposten," J.R. Reierson urged Norwegians to find "a rich life" by migrating to Texas. His associate editor, Elise Tvede (1815-1895), also came to Texas and continued writing for publications in Norway. She married Wilhelm Warenskjold, lived in this area, and opened home to Norwegian newcomers. #10368
SH 31 at FM 314, Brownsboro, TX, United States
Texas Historical Marker #6397
Daniel Roberts and Mary Anna (Garland) Thornton. D. R. Thornton from Mississippi married Mary Anna, daughter of frontier fighter Peter Garland in Anderson County, Texas, in 1853. The Thorntons settled here in 1857 as cattleraisers, and helped make this frontier safe for less hardy citizens. Mrs. Thornton was midwife and doctor to fellow settlers. The couple reared eight children. Thornton, a Confederate soldier in the Civil War (1860s), served as county commissioner (1876-78), and gave land for local school (1882). Hannibal Cemetery stands on the donated land. (1976) #6397
?, Stephenville vicinity, TX, United States
The Coventry Theatre The New Hippodrome, as it was originally named, was opened on 1 November 1937. It was the third Hippodrome on this site, the first situated in Pool Meadow (1903) and the second (1907) built in what is now the lower part of Lady Herbert's Garden. The New Hippodrome, re-named the Coventry Theatre in 1955, provided the venue for some of the world's greatest artistes and productions. The auditorium was comfortable and impressive in size, seating 2136. The arrival of television in the 1950s and '60s caused a drastic decline in the popularity of variety theatre. In 1985 the theatre became a bingo hall and operated as such until it was demolished in 2002 to make way for Millennium Place, the Whittle Arch and the new frontage to Coventry Transport Museum.
Millennium Place - near Hales Street, Coventry, United Kingdom
En este lugar, en otro tiempo convento de pasion, tuvo su oficina artistica, D. Vicente Mamerto Casajus y Espinosa Introductor en Sevilla de la litografia - 1838, - y del Daguerrotipo - 1842 (Segun M.A. Yanez Polo y M. Marquez de Castro). La Asociacion Sierpes y la Sociedad de Historia de la Fotografia Espanola, acordaron la colocacion de esta place con ocasion del I Congreso de Historia de la Fotografia Espanola
Calle Sierpes, Seville, Spain
Hi Lift Snowplough The Cuthbertson Fixed Vee “Hi-Lift” Snowplough was designed and manufactured by James A. Cuthbertson O.B.E. and is one example of the many innovative designs he created during a long engineering career. Born at Skirling on the 23rd April 1907, he was well known and admired for his contribution to the design and manufacture of hill drainage and forestry machinery, peat harvesting equipment, snowploughs, specialised tracked and wheeled vehicles, railway cable laying machinery and for his work in Canada for the “D.E.W.” line defence system. He received his O.B.E. on 1st January 1953 for his contribution to agricultural engineering. James A. Cuthbertson took an active interest in his engineering company in Biggar until his death on the 27th October 1993. This 2/3rds scale version was manufactured by James A. Cuthbertson Ltd in 2002
, Biggar, United Kingdom
Texas Historical Marker #10127
Walch Home. In 1845 Johan (John) Joseph Walch (1828-1914) migrated to Texas from Germany. In 1847 he settled in Fredericksburg, where he worked as a stonemason. Before Walch married Wilhelmine Gaertner in 1851, he erected a two-room limestone house on this lot. He also built a rock barn, which he later enlarged by adding a second story. One of the Walches' eleven children, Felix, remodeled the barn for use as a residence in 1904. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1978 #10127
412 E. Austin St., Fredericksburg, TX, United States
Texas Historical Marker #5408
The Red River. Named for the red soil across which it flows, the main stream of the Red River is 1,360 miles long, and for 440 miles the river forms the Texas-Oklahoma boundary. For years, this was an international boundary. The 1819 treaty with Spain established the course of the Red River to the 100th meridian as part of the boundary between the United States and New Spain. Until after the 1845 annexation of Texas, this river did not lie entirely within the United States. During the Spanish Colonial period, the waterway and the crossing here became a main gateway into Texas. In the mid-19th century, brisk steamer traffic went on at the eastern end of the river. A military expedition under Capt. Randolph B. Marcy in 1852 explored the river to its upper reaches in land held by Native Americans. In 1921, the Burkburnett oil boom here led to a dispute between Texas and Oklahoma over ownership of the valuable river bed. The Supreme Court in 1921 and 1923 upheld the south bank as the Texas border. This site is 25 miles west of the important old Fort Sill crossing on the major military road that once linked the Oklahoma fort to outposts on the Texas frontier. The bridge here, opened to traffic in 1927, is the second free bridge to span the Red River. (1968) #5408
?, Burkburnett, TX, United States
The Bell Hotel With its origins in the late 15th century, the Bell (originally the Blue Bell) retains much of the character of an 18th century coaching inn. Its most notable associations are with 18th century and 19th century clubs including the French inspired Revolution Club (1793); the anti Methodist Hell Fire Club, which victimised Charles and John Wesley in 1754; the Eldon Club, which included the Duke of Wellington among its members; and a Lilliput Parliament for young people in 1837.
Bell Hotel, Red Lion Street, Norwich, United Kingdom