This Historical Marker is located Cleveland, Texas about 5.5 mi. SE on SH 321. I was actually on my way to Kinder, Louisiana when I came across this marker. I hope to come back soon. Come to find out, there’s a lot of history about Tarkington so there are more historical markers I would like to collect soon.
Burton Tarkington and his wife settled west of the Trinity River in present northwest Liberty County, and began ranching and raising crops. The area around their farm became known as Tarkington’s Prairie, and a creek in the area is called Tarkington Bayou. I did read of a marker in front of the Fire Department. I also came across a picture of the Old Tarkington ISD school and even a Face Book page to the Tarkington Prairie Historical Society So if you are interested in learning more about Tarkington Prairie, I would say that would be a good starting point.
Historical Marker Reads:
Burton B. Tarkington
Burton B. Tarkington (1790-1861) and his wife Sarah Berry Tarkington migrated with their family from Indiana in the mid-1820s to the Mexican state of Coahuila. They settled west of the Trinity River in present northwest Liberty County, and began ranching and raising crops. The area around their farm became known as Tarkington’s Prairie, and a creek in the area is called Tarkington Bayou. According to family legend, the Tarkingtons and other early settlers had to vacate their property in 1836 when Santa Anna’s forces advanced prior to the Battle of San Jacinto. Apparently Tarkington did not have a land grant from the Mexican government for the land he claimed, but when Texas gained independence from Mexico in 1836 he received a headright land grant of one league and one labor (4,605 acres). The grant was patented in 1847 by the new state of Texas and became known as the Tarkington Survey. Tarkington became a leader in the community. He served in the Texas Militia in 1842, and was elected Liberty County commissioner for three terms beginning in 1854. He received recognition for his service from Governor H. R. Runnels. Tarkington died Feb. 2, 1861, and is buried in the McGinnis Cemetery (.25 mi. W).
Recorded Marker Year 1996