Anderson Pop. 420 Alt. 215

General -
Historic seat of grimes County, established 1834 on La Bahia road, centuries-old Indian trail that stretched from Louisiana through Texas. Route had been used by Spanish explorers, later became important as cattle trail, the Opelousas road. During the Civil War , local arms factory produced cannon, cannon balls, rifle pistols, swords, and gunpowder. Today commercial center , for rich agricultural area, contains many historic structures including Victorian 1891 courthouse, open weekdays.

Fanthorp Inn Historic Structure -

Established during The Republic of Texas era, seven rooms and a barn portray early Texas inns hosting travelers arriving by stagecoach. early records report visits by Texas Presidents Sam Houston and Anson Jones; Jefferson Davis, who became President of the Confederacy; future United States Presidents Zachary Taylor and Ulysses S. Grant, and Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Open for tours Wed. - Sun. 9 a.m. - noon, 1- 4 p.m. On Main Street, south of courthouse. Admission.

Sam Houston National Forest -

Nearest entrance about 13 miles east on F.M. 149.



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