Rising Star

Rising Star (HM1OKI)

Location: Rising Star, TX 76471 Eastland County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 5.758', W 98° 58.328'

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First settlers—families of Andrew Agnew, Isaac Agnew, Fletcher Fields, David McKinley, Allis Smith and W.W. Smith—arrived in a wagon train from Gregg County, Jan. 6, 1876. Area was known for hardships: Indian raids, vigilante activities, gunfights. But a stable community developed around log school-church building erected in 1876. First store was founded about 1879 by Thomas W. Anderson and son William.
     Post office established 1880. The most creditable story as to how the town gots its name is that the settlers suggested the name Star for the post office but it was rejected by the U.S. postal authorities as another Texas town had that name. The settlers argued all night over the name selection, looked up and saw the morning star as they started home from their meeting and agreed to call it Rising Star.
     The city was first incorporated in 1891, in a 1905 election. There was a vote to dissolve the corporation but the charter was restored later the same year.
     Rising Star is the home of Texas (1939-1941) poet laureate Lexie Dean Robertson. Unique local structure is city hall built of stone from buried petrified forest.
     Economy is based on ranching, farming (a chief crop is Spanish peanuts), commercial pecans, industry, oil.
Marker Number4274
Year Placed1968
Placed ByTexas State Historical Survey Committee
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 12th, 2015 at 9:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 502629 N 3551073
Decimal Degrees32.09596667, -98.97213333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 5.758', W 98° 58.328'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 5' 45.48" N, 98° 58' 19.68" W
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Area Code(s)254
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 506-510 TX-36, Rising Star TX 76471, US
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