ANDERSON


General.. The Population is 320 and the Alt. is 215


Historic seat of Grimes County; established in 1834 on La Bahia Road, centuries old Indian trail that stretched from Louisiana through Texas. Route first used by Spanish explorers; later became an important as cattle trail, the Opelousas Road. During the Civil War, local arms factory produced cannons, cannon balls, rifles, pistols, swords, and gunpowder. Today a commercial center for rich agricultural area. Contains many historic structures, including Victorian 1891 courthouse; open weekdays.

FANTHORP INN STATE HISTORICAL PARK

- Log structure inn, built in 1834 before the Republic of Texas era; soon after covered with clapboards. Nine rooms, a barn and cemetery typical of early Texas inns hosting travelers arriving by stagecoach. Popular lore says notables like Texas Presidents Sam Houston and Anson Jones, Jefferson Davis, who became President of the Confederacy, and Generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson stayed here. Replica of 1850s Concord stagecoach on exhibit in barn; stagecoach rides on alternating Sat. 1 to 4 p.m. Open for tours Wed. to Sun. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Main Street, south of Courthouse. Admission. 409-873-2633.