Marker Details

Harrisburg, Old

800 blk Lawndale at Frio

Houston , 77012

THC "Old Harrisburg" marker #10680 at same location; per Chris Varela email 08/13/2014 both Old Harrisburg markers have been removed & the building demolished, contacting Teal Construction; marker reinstalled near old site per email from Chris Varela 2/26/2015

Key Time Period: To 1835 Indian/Mexican Territory

Corretions/New Research:

Marker Text: The town was founded in 1826 by John Richardson Harris, a native of New York state and one of the "Old Three Hundred" Texas colonists. He died of Yellow fever in 1829, while visiting in New Orleans. His wife,, Jane Birdsall Harris, and the oldest of their four children, arrived in Harrisburg in 1833.

The Harris home located three blocks north of this site, at her invitation, the government of the Republic of Texas, retreating before the advancing Mexican forces, made her home the capitol of the Republic from March 22 until April 13, 1836. On April 16 a patrol of the Mexican army burned the town, including the Harris home.

Following the victory at San Jacinto Mrs. Harris and her children rebuilt their home, and she lived there until her death in1869. She is buried in Glendale cemetery, at the foot of East Magnolia Street.

Harrisburg prospered for a time, being the first, railroad terminal in Texas as well as the head of navigation on Buffalo Bayou. The neighboring city grew more rapidly, however, and in 1926 Harrisburg was annexed by the city of Houston.

Erected by the Rotary Club of Harrisburg

July, 1984
Marker Type: Rotary marker
Historical Org: Rotary Club of Harrisburg

Key Map Information: 535 B

GPS Coordinates: 29 42.977, 95 16.658

Precinct No: 2

Marker No: 00212