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Washington Bower

Texas Historical Commission Marker Number: 9367

Year Dedicated:  1971

Marker Size: Medallion & Plate

Pictures and Information from 1893 to 1971 (more pictures at the end of this listing):


Marker Text: 

“Washington Bower” – built 1853, first frame house in this area.  Site, an 1838 Republic of Texas land grant to Simon Miller, was inherited by Lucinda Lawrence, wife of Henry Inlo Layne — farmer, rancher, mason, builder of this house.  Layne was host here (1857) to military hero Robert E. Lee; in 1863, was a victor in Civil War Battle of Galveston.  Texas Revolution veteran Adam Lawrence died here in 1878.  Placed passed in 1890 to Adella Layne and her husband, William Russell Landers.     Recorded Texas Historic Landmark – 1971

Address: 733 CR 479

Primary City: Thrall

Secondary Town(s): Lawrence Chapel

Additional Information:  In 2017 as well as 2012, house is in disrepair The historical marker has been missing for years.

Longitude: -97.231575

Latitude: 30.497988

Verified Location:  Verified 12/28/2016 & 5/7/2017  R006373

WCHC’s Vol III, pg 237 notes some repairs on the house were done in 1968.  WCHC’s notebook pg 59: “Owned by five generations of the original family, this small yellow frame house with fireplaces on north and south sides of the house is on an unpaved road approximately one mile north of Lawrence Chapel Cemetery.”

Pictures taken of Washington Bower house in 2012 by Wayne Ware:

Pictures taken of Washington Bower house in 2017 by Nancy Bell.  Note the property recently sold and the new owners are putting in a new gated entrance near the house & Bower cemetery.