Yep, it sure is. I know all communities have interesting history, none more so than Crockett, the county seat of Houston County. Situated in the pine forests of East Texas, Crockett was a mecca of agriculture and is located on what was called the El Camino Real, or King's Highway. It was established on June 12, 1837 (which is why we, Houston County, celebrated our 173rd birthday last week).
I invite you to spend some time driving the beautiful East Texas roads in and around Crockett. Take what I call a "Marker Road Trip". What's that you ask? Well, our County is fortunate to have over 200 historical markers. That's right, over 200! And most were located due to the diligence and love for our community by a wonderful lady, Ms. Eliza Bishop. Ms. Bishop oversaw the Houston County Historical Commission for many years. She was the driving force in this community concerning history. Ms. Eliza as many called her, passed away but left a great historical legacy for all to enjoy. So get your camera batteries charged, load up the family sedan and spend a couple of hours stopping and reading the historical markers in and around our community. By the way, did you know we have a pepper tree growing in our midst that is over 160 years old?? :)
Care to take a guess where the historical marker in the picture above is located? That's right, on the east side of the Houston County Courthouse. I know the picture is a little hard to read (I was lazy and took it from the cool comfort of inside my pickup truck) but here is what it says:
"FOUNDED 1837, NAMED FOR DAVY CROCKETT, WHO HAD VISITED HERE ON WAY TO ALAMO, 1836
OLD FORTIFIED LOG COURTHOUSE WAS OFTEN THE REFUGE FOR SETTLERS DURING INDIAN RAIDS
DURING THE CIVIL WAR, HAD CAMP OF INSTRUCTION, TELEGRAPH AND STAGECOACH STATION FOR SOUTH
FORESTRY, FARMING AND LIVESTOCK"