Details for La Vernia (Atlas Number 5493003004)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5493003004

Data

Marker Number 3004
Atlas Number 5493003004
Marker Title La Vernia
Index Entry La Vernia
Address US 87
City La Vernia
County Wilson
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 585918
UTM Northing 3247727
Subject Codes cities and towns; stagecoach routes, stands, etc.; roads; Civil War
Marker Year 1968
Designations
Marker Location On US 87 in front of city hall, La Vernia.
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text Established about 1846 or 1847 by Claiborne Rector, who built a stage stop and blacksmith shop here to serve travelers on the Chihuahua Road, a major trail in early Texas. Main Street today follows route of the old road. Settlement was called "Post Oak" until mail service started, 1856. Name was then changed to Spanish "La Verdear" because of many green oaks in area. English speakers called it "La Vernia". Like much of Texas, this area was settled by southerners in search of fertile land. In Civil War, La Vernia was a recruiting and officer training center.