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2920 RoadHouse is what once was known as New Kentucky Township
Site of 2920 RoadHouse is what once was known as New Kentucky Township and the turning point in the birth of Texas.
Located on FM 2920 midway between Waller and Tomball at this spot on the Texas road map stood the Township of New Kentucky. Established before 1831, a thriving town where trade goods were bought and sold and lonesome and weary travelers found rest for the night making camp under the large oaks, until its trade was captured by the present city of Houston, established 30 miles away in 1836. The township was abandoned about 1840. However, it was here at the crossroads of New Kentucky, on April 16, 1836 where two wagon trails crossed, the path of independence was chosen which lead to the birth of the nation of Texas.
Abraham (Abram) Roberts (1773-1850), a native of Georgia, came to Texas as a widower in 1827 and settled at this site on Spring Creek about 1829. His home was located at a prominent crossroads in the sparsely populated community of New Kentucky about three miles east of his neighbor Samuel McCarley. On March 21, 1836, the interim government of the Republic of Texas stayed at Roberts’ home overnight while enroot to Harrisburg to establish the Republic’s new capital. On April 16, 1836, the Texas army under Sam Houston left McCarley’s home and arrived here about midday. Houston’s soldiers, aware that the Mexican army was advancing on Harrisburg, were concerned that Houston would continue to retreat east to the Trinity River. Still uncertain about Houston’s chosen route, the Texas army paused upon reaching the crossroads. Soldiers in the army asked Roberts, who was standing on his gate, to show the way to Harrisburg. A great shout arose as Roberts pointed southeast. Houston took the Harrisburg Road and on April 21 his army defeated the Mexicans at the Battle of San Jacinto. The decision to take the Harrisburg Road became famous as a turning point in the campaign for Texas independence.