LIBERTY

Population 8,072

Altitude 51


General

Among oldest settled areas of Texas, several hundred Anglo-Americans established farms in 1820s on Mexican land grants. Town laid out 1831, named "Billa de la Santissima Trinidad de la Libertad," quickly shortened to Liberty by English-speaking residents. William B. Travis, Sam Houston, and David Burnet all practiced law in Liberty. Three brothers from town died at the Alamo; some 50 Liberty citizens fought in Battle of San Jacinto in 1836, when Texas won its independence.

Seat of Liberty County, town was a busy port when steamboats plied the trinity River in the late 19th Century. Today a farming-ranching community with substantial oil production dating from 1925.


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