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Alabama Indians In the early 19th century, the Alabama Indians – then a large tribe, made their headquarters on this site and called their village “Ta-Ku-La” which means “peach tree”. With the coming of the white settlers, the Alabama Indians withdrew. The remnant of that tribe is now located about 15 miles south, occupying the only Indian Reservation in Texas.
Peach Tree Village Hall Nestled in a pine forest and standing majestically on the hillside, one can see the beautiful red brick chapel with its arched glass windows. The Peach Tree Village Hall was build in 1912 by John Henry Kirby in memory of his parents. At the entrance of Ta-Ku-La is a state historical marker. Just a quarter-mile down the road is another marker for the Peter Cauble House – the oldest house in Tyler County.
John Henry Kirby John Henry Kirby (1860-1940) was a legislator, as well as a leader in the lumbering, banking, oil development, railroad building industry. Kirby’s parent’s homestead was destroyed by fire in 1905. Kirby had this home rebuilt, and now houses the John Henry Kirby Museum.
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