Gail Borden Jr., the namesake of both the Gail community and Borden County, formally will be recognized with the dedication of a historical marker at 9 a.m. this coming Thursday, May 17, on the courthouse lawn in Gail.
    Following the dedication the Borden County Museum, located on the courthouse square in Gail, will be open to visitors.
    Texas honored the early pioneer, entrepreneur and inventor in 1876 when it named one of the newly-formed counties in the northwest part of the state. The county officially formed in 1891 and the town of Gail was named for him at that time.
    Borden arrived in Texas in 1829. By 1830, he succeeded his brother, Thomas, as the surveyor of the Stephen F. Austin colony. Borden also surveyed the State of Texas as it was known at the time and the city of Houston.
    He represented the Lavaca District at the Convention of 1833 at which a gathering of citizens drafted petitions to send to the Government of Mexico, one of the many steps citizens took that led to independence.  
    In 1835, Borden, his brother John, and friend Joseph Baker partnered to begin publication of the Telegraph and Texas Register. The newspaper kept citizenry informed of the pending conflict. During the war for Texas independence, the newspaper moved across the state just ahead of Santa Anna’s advancing army.

 

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