Details for Captain Joseph A. Tivy

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5265000724


Marker Number 724
Atlas Number 5265000724
Marker Title Captain Joseph A. Tivy
Index Entry Tivy, Captain Joseph A.
City Kerrville
County Kerr
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 488512
UTM Northing 3324795
Subject Codes municipal official; state official; Civil War; rangers; military topics
Marker Year 1980
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Marker Location from Kerrville take FM 1341 2 miles east to junction with road to Tivy Mountain - marker is at junction
Private Property No
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text In 1837 Joseph A. Tivy (1818-92) and his two sisters came to Texas from Canada. After serving as a Texas Ranger, Tivy joined his sisters in the California Gold Rush of 1849. There they operated a hotel and he later served in the State Legislature. After returning to Texas in the late 1850s, Tivy fought in the Civil War, attaining the rank of captain. A surveyor, rancher, and Texas Legislator (1873), he served as the first Kerrville mayor in 1889. During his term of office he gave land for the city schools. He and his wife Ella (d. 1888) and his sister Susan (d. 1901) are buried on nearby Tivy Mountain. (1980)

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