The Free State of Van Zandt

The Free State of Van Zandt (HM1L74)

Location: Canton, TX 75103 Van Zandt County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 30.92', W 95° 41.21'

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Pioneer nickname appropriate to this area's many freedoms-particularly from want and fear. (Food was obtained with little effort; and although the Indians fought white men here as late as 1842, the settlers by 1847 slept in the open with no dread of Indians or wild animals.) According to tradition, Van Zandt County (created 1848) also by a legal accident had freedom from sharing debts of its parent county, Henderson-and was proud of that unusual advantage.
     Other parts of Texas share "Free State" traditions. An 1826 "Republic of Fredonia" was proclaimed in Nacogdoches and endured for a few weeks. Along the Mexican border, citizens maintained in 1839-1840 the "Republic of the Rio Grande". Because it developed great self-reliance in recurring border troubles, Hidalgo County called itself a republic, 1852-1872. A Panhandle county formed the secessionist "Free State of Ochiltree" in the 1890's.
     All secessions have been brief. When Texas in 1845 voted to become a part of the United States, it was given (but declined) the right to become five states. Such movements as "The Free State of Van Zandt" soon lost force. Ten proud years as the Republic of Texas invoke unusual loyalty to the state.
HM NumberHM1L74
Marker Number11413
Year Placed1968
Placed ByTexas State Historical Survey Committee
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Date Added Friday, June 19th, 2015 at 2:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 247604 N 3600741
Decimal Degrees32.51533333, -95.68683333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 30.92', W 95° 41.21'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 30' 55.2" N, 95° 41' 12.6" W
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Area Code(s)903, 214, 430
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near I-20, Canton TX 75103, US
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