Details for Lake Creek Settlement

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5507018408


Marker Number 18408
Atlas Number 5507018408
Marker Title Lake Creek Settlement
Index Entry Lake Creek Settlement
Address 308 Liberty Street
City Montgomery
County Montgomery
UTM Zone 15
UTM Easting 240906
UTM Northing 3365014
Subject Codes cities and towns
Marker Year 2016
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Marker Location Southwest corner of front yard of the N. H. Davis Pioneer Complex and Museum (the Liberty Street/FM 149 side)
Private Property No
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 27" x 42" with post
Marker Text Long before the arrival of Stephen F. Austin’s colonists, the Coushatta Indians traveled through the lands that would become the Lake Creek Settlement upon the Coushatta Trace, a trade road from Louisianna into Texas. Located in Austin’s second colony in the Mexican State of Coahuila and Texas during the Texas Colonial Period, Lake Creek Settlement traces its origins to 1825. On June 4, 1825, Stephen F. Austin signed a contract with the Mexican government to begin the introduction of five hundred families from the United States. In 1831, some of the families settled between the West Fork of the San Jacinto River and a stream called Lake Creek in today’s Montgomery County. The Lake Creek Settlement is the earliest known Anglo-American settlement in the county. In 1835, William W. “W.W.” Shepperd, a colonist from North Carolina, purchased a tract in the northwestern-most corner of the John Corner League. Shepperd opened a store on the property, the first business in the area. He also operated a gin and stockyard and was the Postmaster. In July 1837, Shepperd founded the town of Montgomery at the site of his store. The area’s proximity to Town Creek and available fresh water attracted settlers and provided for their crops and livestock. In addition, nearby popular trade routes aided in the community’s growth, serving as a trade stop or meeting place. A number of Lake Creek settlers fought in the Texas Revolution, including John Marshall Wade, who manned one of the famous “Twin Sisters” cannons during the battle of San Jacinto.

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