Antonio Margil de Jesus was born in Valencia, Spain, on August 18, 1657. As a young boy, Margil expressed his desire to become a Franciscan. On April 22, 1673, he received the order's habit at La Corona de Cristo in Valencia. Then at the age of…

Stephen Fuller Austin was born in 1793 to Moses and Maria (Brown) Austin. Austin attended school in Connecticut and then spent two years at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. He then went to work for his father's business in…

In 2010, Charles Bright and other board members of The Charles and Lois Marie Bright Foundation began planning for the creation of “The Gateway” to honor those early Americans who traveled west on the El Camino Real to settle Texas, but also as a…

The statue was erected to honor the soldiers who fought for Texas’s freedom. Dr. Morris K. Jackson and a group of other area researchers (Peggy Jasso, Trisha Perkins, and Jeff Opperman) spent over 160 hours identifying 194 individuals from the 1835…

Diedrich Anton Wilhelm Rulfs was born in Oldenburg, Germany, on March 6, 1848. A family friend, John Schmidt, invited Rulfs to come to Nacogdoches, and in 1880, Rulfs, his wife, three children, mother-in-law, and brother-in-law arrived in…

This statue is located on the south side of Main Street in Nacogdoches just east of the square and features Sam Houston (1793-1863) and Cherokee Chief Bowl (1756-1839). On February 23, 1836, Sam Houston and Chief Bowl signed a treaty granting…

The statue represents the doctors who worked night and day to serve the public between 1835 and 1940. The Country Doctor was made in the likeness of Dr. George F. Middlebrook Sr, whose decade-long career began in 1911, but the statue does not…

George Louis Crocket was born on June 3, 1861, in San Augustine, Texas, to George L. and Louisa Alexander (Sharp) Crocket. Crocket attended the University of the South and the Theological Seminary, Sewanee, Tennessee, and in 1866, he received a…

Thomas J. Rusk was the oldest child of John and Mary (Sterritt) Rusk. He was born in South Carolina, but in 1834 he found himself in Texas chasing embezzlers from a company in which he had invested in. The next year he supported the independence…

In 1878, Karle Wilson Baker was born to William Thomas Murphey and Kate Florence (Montgomery) Wilson in Little Rock, Arkansas. She attended the University of Chicago, Columbia University, and the University of California at Berkeley. Still, the only…

In 1729 Antonio Gil Y’Barbo was born in Los Adaes, Louisiana, to Mathieu Antonio and Juana (Hernández) Ibarvo. The Spanish Government had sent his parents from Andalusia, Spain, to the then province of Texas, in 1725, where eventually the spelling…