Rabb's Prairie

Rabb's Prairie (HM15NI)

Location: La Grange, TX 78945 Fayette County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 57.997', W 96° 52.731'

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This portion of Fayette County is named for William Rabb (1770-1831), a prosperous miller from Pennsylvania who came to Texas in 1821 with members of his family. Rabb claimed a site on the east side of the Colorado River he had selected during an exploratory trip in 1819. He was a member of Stephen F. Austin's first colony in Texas, and recipient of one the earliest and largest land grants of more than 22,000 acres, of which 13,285 acres comprised Rabb's Prairie. Part of Rabb's agreement with Austin was to build a grist mill for future settlers of the colony.

Two grinding stones for the mill weighing about one ton each were imported from Scotland and unloaded at the mouth of the Colorado River on the Gulf of Mexico. In order to transport the heavy stones to the site of the grist mill, Rabb constructed a wooden axle and attached a round stone on both ends to serve as wheels. He then hitched oxen to the vehicle and pulled it about 100 miles overland to his mill. Rabb and his sons completed the mill in 1831; Rabb died shortly afterward. Through the years his descendants played significant roles in the development of Texas. The community of Rabb's Prairie was named for this pioneer family.
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HM NumberHM15NI
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Marker Number4161
Year Placed1996
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
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Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 3:41am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 704672 N 3316979
Decimal Degrees29.96661667, -96.87885000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 57.997', W 96° 52.731'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 57' 59.82" N, 96° 52' 43.86" W
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Area Code(s)979, 713
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-278 Rabbs Prairie Rd, La Grange TX 78945, US
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