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Dellwood Park | Slaughter Home, W. R. M. | Titus County C.S.A.

Map of Titus County

Dellwood Park
Marker Title: Dellwood Park
City: Mt. Pleasant
County: Titus
Year Marker Erected: 1973
Marker Location: Dellwood Park on SH 49 in Mount Pleasant
Marker Text: Before 1830, Caddo Indians had campgrounds here around mineral springs flowing red, white, and blue waters. First home at future Mount Pleasant was built here in 1830s by Benjamin Gooch. A health-recreational resort by 1895, springs area was site (1909-16) of the lavish Dellwood Hotel, built by the Red Mineral Springs Development Co., headed by Dr. T. M. Fleming. These steps are from Dellwood Hotel, which burned. Favorite spot for Confederate conventions, political rallies, and other meetings, the site was acquired 1951 by city of Mount Pleasant, as Dellwood Park

Slaughter Home, W.R.M.
Marker Title: W.R.M. Slaughter Home
County: Titus
Year Marker Erected: 1965
Marker Text: Dog-trot log cabin, built 1855 by John Sharp. Siding later added. Bought 1870 by Slaughter, Confederate veteran, county tax assessor, school teacher. Prior to 1900, served as post office for Greenhill community. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1965.

Titus County C.S.A.
Marker Title: Titus County C.S.A.
City: Mt. Pleasant
County: Titus
Year Marker Erected: 1965
Marker Location: Corner of N Madison & 2nd St
Marker Text: Created and organized in 1846. Named for pioneer resident Andrew Jackson Titus (1814-1855), who opened county's first road, to river port in Jefferson. Until after the Civil War, Titus County also included areas of present-day Franklin and Morris counties. Six mail routes going by horseback, had pack mules to follow lead horse. High waters in creeks and Sulphur River often halted travel. Record time to haul cotton to Jefferson was 5 days by ox wagon. In 1860 had 9,648 people. Voted 411 to 275 in favor of secession. Sent 10 military companies to Civil War. While home tables drew heavily on game foods (deer, wild turkeys, pigeons, bear), county furnished Confederate commissary with beef, butter, corn, rice, cotton, oats, sweet potatoes, flour, cornmeal, leather, lumber, pottery, tobacco, whiskey and wool. Wartime manufacturing plants included 9 sawmills, 8 gristmills, tanneries and a steam powered distillery. Mount Pleasant had a Confederate transportation depot employing blacksmiths, carpenters, harness makers, wheelwrights. It procured equipment and horses and mules, and made gear, harness and wagons for the purpose of moving men, army supplies and government owned cotton.
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