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Crockett (Houston County)

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Crockett was founded in 1837 on land donated by Andrew W. Gossett, part of a Mexican grant he received in 1833. Gossett had known David Crockett in Tennessee, and it is believed Crockett camped here en route to San Antonio in January 1836; a monument marks the spot at E. Goliad Avenue at the railroad underpass. Houston County was the first organized by the new Texas Republic. The town plat straddled El Camino Real (now TX 21), one of the primary routes in early Texas. The Houston and Great Northern Railroad built through the area in 1872, making the town a regional shipping center, especially for timber from the local forests. Crockett is distinctive for its small but rich collection of building and architectural trends.

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Gerald Moorhead et al.

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