Box’s Fort Historical Marker
Historical Stopping Points of Interest
By Dana Goolsby
Cherokee County- John M. and Sally Box, along with John’s brother Stephen F. and his wife Keziah Box and their families, came to Texas from Alabama in 1834. John and Sally’s son, Roland W. Box, and his wife Mary Hallmark Box purchased 1/3 of the Stephen Burnham land grant and built a log fort on a hill near its northern boundary. Within the enclosure they built a log house and a dugout, and Box’s Fort became the center of a settlement as the extended Box families made their own homes in and near the fort. John A., Stillwell, Thomas G., and Nelson Box and their cousins Samuel C. and James E. Box fought in the Texas revolution. The home of John A. and Letty T. Box was a post office called Box’s Creek from 1851 to 1866. Over time, several churches and stores operated in the vicinity, but by 1900 Box’s Fort no longer appeared on area maps. (2000)
Directions: 9 mi. W of Alto on SH 294
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