Details for Community of Egypt (Atlas Number 5481001009)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5481001009

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Marker Number 1009
Atlas Number 5481001009
Marker Title Community of Egypt
Index Entry Egypt, Community of
Address FM 102
City Egypt
County Wharton
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 768389
UTM Northing 3255201
Subject Codes cities and towns
Marker Year
Designations
Marker Location FM 102 in Egypt
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text One of most historic towns in county. Named following the drouth of 1827, when pioneers of Stephen F. Austin's colony came to this fertile region to obtain corn. They called it "Goin down into Egypt for corn", after biblical passage. Noted patriots were among earliest settlers: Eli Mercer, one of first sugar producers in Texas; and W. J. E. Heard, leader of citizen soldiers. Others were dairy king Gail Borden; William Menefee, a signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence; and Maj. Andrew Northington, stagecoach operator and surveyor.