Details for Ratcliff (Atlas Number 5225007016)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5225007016

Data

Marker Number 7016
Atlas Number 5225007016
Marker Title Ratcliff
Index Entry Ratcliff
Address
City Ratcliff
County Houston
UTM Zone 15
UTM Easting 296601
UTM Northing 3474972
Subject Codes settlements
Marker Year 1972
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Private Property No
Marker Location SH 21 Ratcliff
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text About 1875, a 32-wagon train of settlers came here from Georgia. Jess H. Ratcliff (1844-1920) built a sawmill about 1855, drawing more people. Post office opened 1889, with Ratcliff as postmaster, and town soon had several stores. Professional men included Drs. H.L. McCall and Jake Jackson. Sold 1901 to Louisiana and Texas Lumber Co., then to Central Coal and Coke Co., sawmill became a vast complex, running until 1917, when it closed. Turning to logging or other enterprises, the community survived, although many residents moved away. The Ratcliff schools consolidated (1955) with Kennard.