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Nacogdoches derives its name from the Caddo tribe that once lived in central East Texas along Banita and LaNana Creeks. Franciscan father Antonio Jesus de Margil established a mission for the Caddo people there in 1716. In 1779, Antonio Gil Y'Barbo founded the puebla of Nacogdoches and built the Stone House, or Stone Fort, the town's most enduring symbol of European influence. Nacogdoches served as headquarters for one of three administrative districts in Texas under Mexican authority and played a significant role in the Texas Revolution before stabilizing into a predominately rural and agricultural society. Two notable 20th-century developments—the selection of Nacogdoches as the home of Stephen F. Austin State University and the founding of Texas Farm Products, the city's first major industry—changed the community into a regional education, medical, and commercial center.
ISBN: 9780738578613
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Texas
Series: Images of America
Images: 212
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Author Archie P. McDonald is a professor of history and a community liaison officer in Nacogdoches, and Hardy Meredith is the photographer for Stephen F. Austin State University and formerly for the Daily Sentinel. The rare photographs in this book come primarily from the East Texas Research Center, the university archives, and Meredith's professional collection.
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