Marker Details

Harrisburg, Old

800 blk Lawndale at Frio

Houston , 77012

David Pomeroy also notes a second "Old Harrisburg" marker erected by the Rotary in 1984 at same location; dedication date provided by Glendale Cemetery Association April 2008/jf; 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: Early Texas port and trading post. Site of state's first steam saw, grist mills and railroad terminal. Town founded, 1826, by John R. Harris, who was first settler in 1823. Became shipping center for early colonies, established when Texas was part of Mexico, with boats carrying cargo to and from Texas ports and points in the United States and Mexico.

Became the seat of government of the Republic of Texas, March 22 - April 13, 1836, when David G. Burnet, President of the ad interim government and several of his cabinet resided near here in the home of Mrs. Jane Harris (site marked), widow of town founder. Here President Burnet adopted the flag for the Texas Navy. In 1835, local resident, Mrs. Sarah Dodson, had made here the first tri-color lone star flag.

General Santa Anna attacked the town with 750 Mexican soldiers on April 16 attempting to capture Burnet and his cabinet. The whole town was burned.

After Texas gained its independence at nearby San Jacinto, the town was rebuilt and again thrived.

The Buffalo, Bayou, Brazos and Colorado, first railroad in Texas began here in 1852 and by the Civil War made the town a Confederate rail center.

Became a part of Houston, by annexation, in 1926. (1965)
Marker Type: Marker with Post
Historical Org: Texas Historical Commission (THC)

Key Map Information: 535 B

GPS Coordinates: 29 42.971, 95 16.657

Precinct No: 2

Marker No: 10680