The Thomas Plantation and Steamboat Landing – Huntsville, Texas

This historical marker is located at From the intersection of FM 980 and FM 3454 (Thomas Lake Rd.) take FM 3454 N approx. 2 miles to Audrey Lane. There are not many people living in this quiet area. I am sure this is the kind of place where everyone knows everyone.


Couldn’t really find much on John Richard Thomas’ plantation. The area though was highly used for shipping cotton, molasses, and other goods.

Historical Marker Reads:

The Thomas Plantation and Steamboat Landing

John Richard Thomas (1820-63) of Alabama came to Texas in 1854. Developing a 1060-acre plantation, he built wharves here on the Trinity for shipping his cotton, corn, molasses, and other goods. Thomas’ Landing was a regular port of call, giving riverboats considerable business. The Civil War (1861-65) and Thomas’ death brought adversity to his people. After 1872, when a railroad was built into Walker County, river shipping ceased. The landing, the plantation “big house” and other buildings once stood near the site now retaining the cemetery.

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