196 years ago on this date, John Dickinson was granted a Mexican land grant just north of present day Dickinson. John was counted as one of Austin’s Old Three Hundred settlers, even though not much is known about John and he reportedly never did see or live on this land. It is reported that Dickinson was killed in 1825 and that land reverted to his brother Edward, who never lived there either.
As Jim Hudson, author of Taller than the Pines, stated; “When one considers the very short period of time that John Dickinson spent in Texas, it is inconceivable that his impact could have been considerable enough for the area to continue to bear his name. And yet of course it does”