Details for Site of Willis Cigar Factory

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5339007909


Marker Number 7909
Atlas Number 5339007909
Marker Title Site of Willis Cigar Factory
Index Entry Willis Cigar Factory
Address 300 Bell and Waverly
City Willis
County Montgomery
UTM Zone 15
UTM Easting 261848
UTM Northing 3368752
Subject Codes manufacturing
Marker Year 1986
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Marker Location
Private Property No
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Following the Civil War, area farmers found the climate and soil conditions of Montgomery County were ideal for the production of tobacco. The varieties grown here were of the highest quality, winning international awards in Chicago and Paris. At the height of local tobacco production, there were eight cigar operations in Willis. One, the Willis Cigar Factory, was located at this site. Founded by Kentucky native Capt. Thomas Wesley Smith (1829-1901), a Civil War veteran and former sheriff, it remained in operation until the early 1900s. Texas Sesquicentennial 1836 - 1986

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