Jefferson County, Texas
Captain Charles Welhausen of Fort Manhassett, Sabine Pass, Texas
leading Creuzbauer's Battery to the Battle of Calcasieu Pass, LA.
From an oil painting owned by Ray Welhausen, Shiner, TX.
Most people would agree that the repulse of an
invasion fleet in 1863 and the oil eruption at Spindletop in 1901 were
the two outstanding historical events in Jefferson County’s history.
Each event has spawned volumes of history. In a sense, each occurrence
marked the decline of an old order. The outcome of the Civil War ended
slavery and witnessed the regression of the cattle industry. Gradually,
the new lumber and sawmill barons replaced the stockmen as Jefferson
County’s economic backbone. As the virgin forests vanished and
petroleum was discovered, the process of economic transition began anew.
The following are descriptions of the content found in this
section by clicking on the links in the upper-left corner of this page:
|History: My first book -- "A History of Jefferson
County, Texas: From Wilderness to Reconstruction"
|Background: Jefferson County, Texas: Its Geological, Historical, and
|Spanish in Jefferson County, Texas: From Explorers to
|Revolution: Jefferson County's Role in the Texas
|Hillebrandt: Christian Hillebrandt: Jefferson County's Pioneer