William Letchworth Hurst - Hurst, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member WalksfarTX
N 32° 49.391 W 097° 11.392
14S E 669443 N 3633137
Quick Description: Bust of the man for whom the City of Hurst is named is displayed in Heritage Village Plaza.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 5/16/2022 5:23:42 AM
Waymark Code: WM16666
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member pmaupin
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A native of Tennessee, William Letchworth "Uncle Billy" Hurst (1833-1922) served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. As a member of the Sixty-First Tennessee Infantry, he was involved in fighting near Vicksburg, Mississippi. Following the surrender of his unit to Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in 1863, and his subsequent release, he joined in the reorganization of his outfit as the Sixty-First Tennessee Mounted Infantry. Captured in December 1863 near Tazwell, Tennessee, Hurst spent the remainder of the war in military prisons in Kentucky and Illinois.

In 1870 Hurst and his wife Mary (Lynch) (1835-1908) joined other residents of Claiborne County, Tennessee, who had migrated to Texas. By adding property to his first land purchase in 1872, Hurst became a prominent land speculator in the area. In 1903 he granted a right-of-way across his farm for the construction of a Rock Island rail line. In exchange, the company named a rail stop and depot for him. Later it became the town of Hurst.

Honored for many years by his friends and relatives with festive birthday celebrations, Hurst was the father of 14 children and had over 100 grandchildren. Many family descendants still live in the area.

Bust shows a man with short hair, beard and mustache neatly trimmed. He is wearing a suit coat over a vest and shirt with top button fastened, but no tie.

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