Nacogdoches Statue Tour

Take a step back in time and experience Nacogdoches' larger than life history and immerse yourself in the early Piney Woods. See how Nacogoches became known as the Oldest Town in Texas and how its founders still influence it today. Then learn about the Nacogdoches miracle and see the spot for yourself Visit Nacogdoches today and take a stroll through our past.

Thomas J. Rusk (1803-1857)

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…

The Gateway

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 way…

Antonio Gil Y’Barbo (1729-1809)

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 of…

Diedrich A. W. Rulfs (1848-1926)

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…

Running to the Fight

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…

Sam Houston & Chief Bowl (Duwali) (AKA "The Treaty")

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…

Karle Wilson Baker (1878-1960)

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…

The Country Doctor (1835-1940)

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 L. Crocket (1861-1936)

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…

Stephen F. Austin (1793-1836)

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…

Fray Antonio Margil de Jesus (1657–1726)

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…
Our suggestion, when doing the statue tour, is to start with the ones on Main Street. You can park in a public parking lot and walk to the first six statues. Note that the Diedrich Rulfs statue is on Chruch Street, which is off of Main Street. The next three statues are on Mound Street, and you can drive down the street to see them. Stephen F. Austin is on the SFA campus. Finally, Fray Antonio Margil de Jesus is on the grounds of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.