In Robertson County, the town was developed in 1868 and was named for the Christopher Columbus Hearne family of Lowndes County, Ala., who moved to Texas and established large cotton plantations. Known as "The Crossroads of Texas," this city lies at the intersection of U.S. 79, U.S. 190 and Texas 6, as well as the state's major east-west and north-south rail lines.
Rosie Lee Moore, the last live model for Quaker Oats Company's Aunt Jemima, was from Hearne. She toured for the company during the 1950s and '60s promoting their products, especially the pancake mix. She died in 1967 and is buried at the Hammond Colony Cemetery northeast of the city.
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