Charles Robison, a Rockdale resident, found an old newspaper clipping purchased at an estate sale several years ago. While the date is not on the clipping it references, Milam County Judge Jeff Kemp, who served from 1920 to 1946.
It references tablets at each end of the Brazos River Bridge. One bore the following inscription:
“NASHVILLE : Here was located the capital of Sterling C. Robertson’s Colony 1834. The home of GEORGE C. CHILDRESS author of Texas’ Declaration of Independence, First County Seat of Milam County.”
On the opposite side of the bridge appeared another tablet which read: “1926 Brazos River Bridge. Federal Aid Project No. 282. State Highway Department—Hal Moseley, chairman; J. M. Cage, John H. Bickett, A. C. Love, State Highway Engineer, G. W. Wickline, Bridge Engineer, Milam County Judge Jeff T. Kemp, H. A. Fuchs, N. H. Butts, R. A. Hairston, Luther McDonald County Commissioners. A. F. Mitchell, County Engineer. S. C. McCarthy, Resident Engineer. Robertson County – J. Y.McNutt, County Judge; Eugene Fields, H. P. Hill, A. G. Scott, Roy Hearn, County Commissioners; Wisconsin Bridge & Iron Co. Contractors, North Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
This area of Milam County, around Old Nashville and the Brazos River has long been the target of vandalism.
Faubian Bridge that crosses County Road 264 was vandalized in the past ten years. TxDOT restored Faubian Bridge as a pedestrian bridge and installed a historic marker on the west end of the restored bridge.
The marker went missing after several months.
Thanks to Brazos County road workers, that marker was found in a ditch along a Brazos County road, returned to Milam County Historical Commission.
The marker was restored and installed in its original location on property owned by Milam County on an oversized Granite stone.
One might ask what type person could steal such a marker. Maybe the same type person that shot up the Old Nashville Centennial Marker on the north side of US 79 in a state park area west of the Brazos River Bridge several years ago.
Historic markers tell the story of how counties and cities were established and leave a message for travelers through our great state.
Thanks to Charles Robison for sharing his account of the Brazos River Bridge.