Details for French Trading Post (Atlas Number 5245010527)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5245010527

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Marker Number 10527
Atlas Number 5245010527
Marker Title French Trading Post
Index Entry French Trading Post
Address 2995 French Rd. at Arbor Rd.
City Beaumont
County Jefferson
UTM Zone 15
UTM Easting 389810
UTM Northing 3331514
Subject Codes houses, residential buildings; trading posts, customs stations
Marker Year 1970
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Built 1845 by John J. French (1799-1889), merchant and tanner who came from Connecticut and New York to Texas in 1830s. Served as home and store, with tannery nearby. Early settlers came to "French Town" to trade tallow, hides, corn, and beef for shoes, harnesses, tanned skins, salt, coffee, tea, cloth, and everyday items. Home remained in French family for 95 years (until 1940). French Road, French schools in area still bear family name. Purchased by Beaumont Junior League, 1968; given to Beaumont Heritage Society. Restored to its 1845 appearance in 1969. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1969