Stephenville, Texas 76401
If you are like me, you drive past things every single day without ever stopping to check them out, see what they are. I must admit that I hurried down Washington Street in Stephenville hundreds of times before I actually took the time to see “just what those things were!”
Erath County, Texas was established in 1856 and named in honor of Legislator George B. Erath of frontier military fame. Certain information on Erath can be found in The View From The Old Oak Tree by Fredda Davis Jones.
In 1936, a series of monuments was erected around the state in celebration of the Texas Centennial. Stephenville was one of the places to get a monument, and the Erath County Arches have graced the Erath and Washington Street area since that time.
By the 1960s, the monument hindered the need to widen the streets and was set to be destroyed. Thankfully, there were those citizens who protested, and it was decided to simply move the two pieces so that they set at an angle, making room for the new larger vehicles to simply travel between them at the crossroads of Erath Street and the 600 block of West Washington Street.
Today a historical marker stands proudly with the arches and is well worth your read. Major Erath himself is also an interesting study for those who love frontier history.