Details for Waller County (Atlas Number 5473008118)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5473008118

Data

Marker Number 8118
Atlas Number 5473008118
Marker Title Waller County
Index Entry Waller County
Address SH 6
City Hempstead
County Waller
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 781753
UTM Northing 3335224
Subject Codes
Marker Year 1967
Designations
Marker Location 1 mile north of Hempstead on Hwy 6 between SH 290 overpasses
Marker Size 1
Marker Text Created from Austin and Grimes counties, April 28, and organized Aug. 16, 1873. Named for Edwin Waller (1800-1861), a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, 1836; Postmaster General, Texas Republic; First mayor of Austin. Site of rich 1831-1874 Groce plantations, later home of sculptress Elisabet Ney. Hempstead, founded 1857 during building of Houston & Texas Railroad, an important transportation center, is the county seat. Since 1876, county has been site of Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College. Economy is based on industry, diversified agriculture and oil production.