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Oran M. Roberts

Oran M. Roberts

Chapter 440

United Daughters of the Confederacy®


Houston, Harris County, Texas


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War Memorials in Harris County, Texas


War Between the States

Spirit of the Confederacy
Location: Sam Houston Park, Houston - at the pond near the Pilot House Dedicated: Jan 1908
Description: A 12-foot bronze angelic sculpture by Louis Amatels on stone base - plaque inscription: To all Heroes of the South who fought for the principles of States Rights
Furnished by: Robert E. Lee Chapter 186, United Daughters of the Confederacy®

Major Richard William "Dick" Dowling Monument
Location: Hermann Park, Houston - triangle near the intersection of Hermann Park Loop, located at North MacGregor Way near Holcombe Boulevard.
Dedicated: 17 Mar 1905
Description: A 8-foot sculpture of Dowling made of Carrara marble by Frank Teich atop a 20-foot light gray granite pedestal and base. The names of the members of the Davis Guards are listed on the pedestal. The statue honors Dick Dowling the commander of the Confederate forces at the Battle of Sabine Pass during the War Between the States.
Furnished by: Dick Dowling Camp 187, United Confederate Veterans; the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, Divisions 1, 2 & 3; the Emmett Council
Note: In 1905, the City of Houston commissioned a statue of Dick Dowling, and it was erected at the old City Hall located at Market Square. This was the first public monument in Houston. In 1939, it was moved to Sam Houston Park when the new City Hall was build at McKinney St. and Bagby St. In 1958, the statue was relocated to Hermann Park, near the monument to General Sam Houston, where it remains today.

Terry's Texas Rangers Monument
Location: DRT Log Cabin House, 1510 North MacGregor Way, Houston - near Hermann Park
Erected: 1909
Description: A 6-foot tall gray granite marker
Furnished by: E. Bennet Bates Children's Auxiliary of the Oran M. Roberts Chapter 440, United Daughters of the Confederacy®

Jefferson Davis Highway Marker No. 6
Location: South-side of Hempstead Highway-Old Highway 290, Houston - in a grassy medium - District 10 offices of the Texas Highway Dept. are located across the medium on Westcott Road
Erected: 1940
Description: A 4-foot tall gray granite marker
Furnished by: United Daughters of the Confederacy® of Harris County, Texas


World War I

World War I Memorial
Location: Sam Houston Park, Houston - Bagby St. and Lamar St. - in the courtyard in front of the Harris County Heritage Society Museum and behind the Long Row building
Dedicated: 21 Apr 1920
Description: Bronze Plaque on stone base originally known as "Cenotaph to the Unknown Soldier." It commemorates all of the men from Harris County who lost their lives during World War I with their names listed on the plaque.
Furnished by: Houston War Mothers (later known as the Service Star Legion)
Note: It was erected at the old City Hall located at Market Square. In 1939, it was moved to Sam Houston Park when the new City Hall was build at McKinney St. and Bagby St.

Memorial Park
Location: Memorial Drive, Houston
Acquired: April 1924
Description: Named in memory of the Houstonians who died during World War I. The site was originally used by the U.S. Army as a training base known as Camp Logan.
Furnished by: Hogg Family Foundation

Victory Flagstaff
Location: Main St. and McKinney Ave., Houston
Dedicated: 10 Aug 1919
Description: Based inscribed "Erected in recognition of our heroes who served in the World War for liberty."
Furnished by: Houston War Mothers (later known as the Service Star Legion)
Note: Removed - unknown date; Current Location - unknown
See: Houston's Part in the World War, p. 12-16; photograph p. 15

Memorial Trees
Location: Hermann Park, Houston
Erected: ca. 1920s
Description: Along some of the winding roads are trees bearing bronze tablets memorializing Houston's World War I dead.
Note: Removed - unknown date; Current Location - unknown


Word War II

USS Houston Memorial
Location: Sam Houston Park, Houston - Allen Parkway behind the Nichols-Rice-Cherry House
Dedication: 11 Nov 1995
Description: Bronze Plaques listing the names of the sailors attached to a granite obelisk topped by with the ship's bell
Furnished by: Texas Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States

Houston Heights World War II Memorial Plaza and Freedom Walk
Location: Heights Blvd. & 11th Street, Houston - in the esplanade
Dedication: 7 Nov 1999
Description: This memorial commemorates the 224 killed service-men and the 2,549 veterans from the Second World War from Houston Heights. It is a circular shaped gray granite plaza with inner walls listing the names. In the center is an obelisk topped with a globe of the world. There is a large metal flagpole. There are round free-standing bollards depicting major events of the war and non-military groups supporting the war effort.
Furnished by: John H. Reagan High School World War II Memorial Association & the Height's Rotary Club


Vietnam Conflict

Vietnam War Memorial
Location: 116 Bellaire Blvd., Houston
Erected:
Description: Two larger than life soldiers in full military regalia atop a large beige stone base atop a set of white steps. There is an urn filled with sand for placing incenses.
Furnished by:


All Conflicts

Harris County War Memorial
Location: Bear Creek Pioneers Park - 3535 War Memorial Drive, just off Eldridge Parkway, Houston
Erected: 1984
Description: There are several pieces to this memrial. There is a large granite wall with names for World War I and World War II are listed. The names for the Korean War and the Vietnam War are listed on a large square obelisk top with a large Bronze Eagle. For the Persian Gulf War, there is a round cylinder obelisk. Furnished by: Harris County Parks Dept. with help from citizen contributions

Veteran's Memorial Park
Location: 1790 Tidwell Road & Hardy Toll Road, Houston
Park Established: 1986 as Hardy/Tidwell Park
Dedicated: 11 Nov 2003 as Veteran's Memorial Park
Description: 21.5 acres
Furnished by: City of Houston Parks & Recreation Dept. with help from the Tejano Association for Historical Preservation; Houston Veterans Memorial Foundation



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