It was there during the Texas Revolution. It was a bit taller during the Civil War. When Jacob and Sophia Koonsman found a homestead south of Stephenville in Erath County, the big oak became the tree the family settled around.
When Andrew Marsh’s students at Danny Jones Middle School in Mansfield walk around mouthing lyrics about the Runaway Scrape, Spanish presidios, Anson Jones and the Know-Nothing Party, they’re not killing time. They’re studying Texas history.