THE FOUNDERS OF YOAKUM

Straddling two counties—Lavaca and DeWitt—Yoakum, Texas, finds itself in a somewhat unique position in the state, geographically. According to an article by Taylor Tompkins in the Victoria Advocate newspaper dated February 22, 2018, many of its residences and industries are in Lavaca County, while most of the downtown commercial district is to be found in … Read more

INTRODUCTION TO HALLETTSVILLE

By John Ronan Broderick HALLETTSVILLE’S FOUNDING MOTHER Of the 25 articles I have written about the histories of Texas towns, Hallettsville is only the second one I have run across that had a “Founding Mother” as opposed to the typical Founding Father(s). The other city is Brenham, 72 miles northeast of Hallettsville, though in that … Read more

INTRODUCTION TO McKINNEY

By John Ronan Broderick PIONEER ROOTS Branches of the Caddo Indians could be found in what is now Collin County long before the arrival of the first Anglos. When white settlers started coming into what the Indians regarded as their land, it was inevitable that there would be occasional violent clashes between the two races. … Read more

INTRODUCTION TO HILLSBORO

By John Ronan Broderick EARLY NATIVE AMERICAN PRESENCE IN HILL COUNTY As was the case with many if not most of the 254 counties in Texas, the earliest inhabitants were indigenous groups of Native Americans. In what became Hill County in 1853, when the Texas State Legislature carved it out of Navarro County, a common … Read more

INTRODUCTION TO NACOGDOCHES

By John Ronan Broderick THE OLDEST TOWN IN TEXAS Legend has it that somewhere around 700 B.C., a Caddo Indian chief who lived on the Sabine River instructed his twin sons to travel in opposite directions, west and east, for three days and to then establish their own villages, since they had come of age. … Read more

INTRODUCTION TO SAN ANGELO

By John Ronan Broderick ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS AND EARLY SPANISH FORAYS INTO THE AREA Prior to the arrival of Spanish explorers in the mid-16th century in what is now San Angelo, the region had been inhabited for over 1,000 years by various indigenous people. The latest and most notable of these were the Jumano Indians. Though … Read more

INTRODUCTION TO ROCKPORT

By John Ronan Broderick PRE-19th CENTURY ARANSAS COUNTY AREA Before the first white men settled in what is now Aransas County, circa 1828, the area had been inhabited by Native Americans as early as 6,000 to 8,000 years earlier, according to archaeological artifacts found in the region. About 4,000 years ago, a culture known as … Read more

INTRODUCTION TO McALLEN

By John Ronan Broderick PRE-20TH CENTURY McALLEN AREA The present site of the city of McAllen, Texas, had its origins in two Mexican-owned cattle ranches that dated back to Spanish land grants from 1767 and 1797. The earlier of the two grants was porcione (portion) 63 to Antonio Gutierrez and porcione 64 to Juan Antonio … Read more

INTRODUCTION TO ROCKWALL

By John Ronan Broderick EARLY NON-ANGLO INHABITANTS OF ROCKWALL There is apparently much ongoing controversy about the rock formation from which the City of Rockwall derives its name–whether it is a geological phenomenon from primordial times or a primitive, man-made wall. There is evidence to support both points of view, so arguments can be made … Read more

INTRODUCTION TO NEW BRAUNFELS

By John Ronan Broderick GERMANIC ORIGINS AND INFLUENCES When one thinks of Texas towns and cities settled by 19th century German immigrants, among those that spring to mind unbidden are New Braunfels, Fredericksburg, Brenham, Boerne, and Schulenberg. With an estimated 2020 population of 95,782, New Braunfels is by far the behemoth of these German communities. … Read more