This unique East Texas community of 25,000 is a history buff’s delight, with more than 100 historical markers and medallions with several listed in the National Register of Historical Places. Founded in 1841, Marshall, is older than the State of Texas and is laid out on seven hills following the pattern of Rome.
It is named after U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall and was the first in Texas to have a telegraph. Marshall played a strategic role in the War Between the States, too. The first and last Civil War governors, Edward Clark and Pendleton Murrah, were from Marshall. And, from 1863-65, Marshall functioned as the capital of Missouri in exile. This gives Marshall the distinction of having had seven sovereign flags – Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, The Southern Confederacy, the State of Missouri, and the United States.