Mark in Texas History

Mark in Texas History: World’s Richest Acre

It was in the 1930s when the greatest concentration of oil derricks in the world was right here in East Texas. It’s the subject of this week’s Mark in Texas History by Mark Scirto.

Mark in Texas History: Allis-Chalmers Pumps

  Mark in Texas History: Eilenberger’s Bakery

  Mark in Texas History: Marion County courthouse

  Mark in Texas History: Starrville community founded by minister who banned on alcohol, gambling

  Mark in Texas History: Historic Abernathy House still in use today

  Mark in Texas History: Green Bay Church and School

  Mark in Texas History: Woman makes it her mission to memorialize Slocum massacre victims

  Mark in Texas History: Kilgore Colored School, CB Dansby School

Continued Coverage

  Mark In Texas History: Lufkin’s First United Methodist Church stands tall 150 years later

  Mark in Texas History: Longview’s Temple Emanu-El grew from Kilgore temple

  Mark in Texas History: Historic Groveton courthouse renovation

  Mark in Texas History: Lufkin Civilian Conservation Corps Camp provided Depression-era jobs

  Mark in Texas History: ‘Big Inch’ pipeline turns 78

  Mark in Texas History: Confederate Capital of Missouri

  Mark in Texas History: Smith County rose industry

This week, Mark Scirto’s Mark in Texas History is about an industry that thrives today, rich in business and tradition. It’s the Smith County Rose Industry and Tyler Rose Garden.

  Mark in Texas History: Longview Train Depot still chugging

The Longview Train Depot has its history but serves today as one of the busiest stations in the state of its kind.

  Mark in Texas History: Stone Fort Museum in Nacogdoches

On the Stephen F. Austin State University campus is one of the first preservation efforts in Texas, and it is the topic of this week’s Mark in Texas History by Mark Scirto.

  Mark in Texas History: Jarvis Christian College

The school first began as Jarvis Christian Institute and opened in 1913 with 12 elementary students.

Mark in Texas History: Downtown Lufkin

  Mark in Texas History: First Baptist Church Winnsboro

  Mark in Texas History: Old Smith County Jail

  Mark in Texas History: Joe Weisman & Company

  Mark in Texas History: Texas State Railroad

  Mark in Texas History: Anderson County Poor House

  Mark in Texas History: Augus Theatre in San Augustine

Behind the Pine Curtain lies the city of San Augustine which contains the subject of this week’s Mark in Texas History by Mark Scirto.

  Mark in Texas History: Killough Massacre Historical Marker

Monday will mark 182 years since 18 people disappeared in the Killough (Kill-oh) Massacre.

  Mark in Texas History: Select Theater in Mineola

Celebrities like Sissy Spacek have been an audience for it, while others like Kacy Musgraves have been the show. It’s formerly the Select Theater in Mineola and it’s the subject of this week’s Mark in Texas History with Mark Scirto.

  Mark in Texas History: Henderson County Historical Society once housed Athens City Hall

It’s housed everything from a grocery store to Athens City Hall. Today, it houses Henderson County history. It’s the Faulk and Gauntt Building and this week’s subject of a Mark in Texas History with Mark Scirto.

  Mark in Texas History: The Everett Building in Longview

The Everett Building was built in 1910 to house Citizens National Bank. Its namesake, L.J. Everett, was the bank president.

  Mark in Texas History: Tyler Tap Railroad

After the Civil War, the Tyler area faced economic doom by the construction of two area railroads that would bypass the city. However, the mayor figured out a solution and had a role in creating the Tyler Tap Railroad. It’s this week’s subject for Mark in Texas History by Mark Scirto.

  Mark in Texas History: Love’s Lookout in Cherokee County

East Texas certainly isn’t known for scenic lookouts, save for a popular spot just north of Jacksonville. This week, Love’s Lookout is the subject of A Mark in Texas History by Mark Scirto.

  Mark in Texas History: The Ginocchio Hotel

While you can’t enjoy the fine dining right now, the building, which was designated with a historical marker in 1971, can be seen at 707 North Washington Avenue in Marshall.

  Mark in Texas History: First Baptist Church of Whitehouse

In 1869, a group of 12 families built a church called New Hope Church. They met once a month.

  Mark in Texas History: Lillian Richard, one face of Aunt Jemima brand, lived in Hawkins

he Black Lives Matter movement persuaded Quaker Oats to rebrand the 130-year-old Aunt Jemima syrup. But the history lives on in Hawkins, where one of the women who portrayed the character resided. Lillian Richard is the subject of this week’s Mark in Texas History with Mark Scirto.

  Mark in Texas History: All aboard! Depot Museum in Henderson rich in history

A host of historical markers can be found in Henderson at the Depot Museum. It’s this week’s subject of A Mark in Texas History with Mark Scirto.

  Mark in Texas History: Slocum Massacre Historical Marker

The Slocum Massacre historical marker is on the west side of FM 20-22 in Slocum, a small town in Anderson County.

  Mark in Texas History: Lufkin Industries was once cornerstone manufacturer for Angelina County

Lufkin Industries used to be the cornerstone manufacturer of Lufkin and Angelina County before a GE merger, followed by the oil market drying up.

  Mark in Texas History: Collins-Shotwell House

This two-story bungalow built in the 1920s features brick piers and some unusal window patterns but the story behind the wood of this home is unique.

  Mark in Texas History: Tyler’s First Baptist Church has been part of community since 1848

Now led by Senior Pastor Pike Wisner, the First Baptist Church of Tyler has been located in downtown Tyler since 1848 and is this week’s subject of “A Mark in Texas History with Mark Scirto.”

  Mark in Texas History: Athens Pottery Company

Located to the west of Tyler is a town once known for its rich clay. Two historical markers in Athens are the subject of this week’s Mark in History with Mark Scirto.

  Mark in Texas History: Driller Park in Kilgore

Driller Park was erected in 1947 and hosted the Kilgore Drillers for four years.

  Mark in Texas History: Camp Ford

Camp Ford is named in honor of Colonel John Ford, who originally established a training camp in 1862. It was converted to a prison camp in the summer of 1863.

  Mark in Texas History: Gilmer Post Office

The 1925 Gilmer Post Office was designed by James Westmore, who oversaw the designing of at least 2,000 federal government buildings.

  Mark in Texas History: Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Marshall

The city of Marshall has quite a history of its own. On the west side of town is a church which has been serving the community since 1867.

  Mark in Texas History: Hotel Wiley in downtown Garrison

The Hotel Wiley was designated a Texas Historical Marker in 1999.

  Mark in Texas History: Prairie Grove community of Angelina County

The former Prairie Grove Baptist Church was built in the 1880s. It received the historical designation in 1996.

  Mark in Texas History: Camp Fannin celebrated today

Camp Fannin was named in honor of Colonel James Walker Fannin, the Texas independence hero. According to its website, more than 200,000 young American men trained here between 1943 and 1945.