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Texas Historical Markers
Article By: by Texas State Rep. Larry Phillips
Posted: 12/30/2013 Views: 1579  Impressions: 5767
Categories: Entertainment: Travel, Politics

Over the holidays I had the opportunity to visit an old cemetery while in East Texas (Anderson County) to learn more about my family that settled there. While driving back from the cemetery we came across an old farm house that had a historical marker in the front yard. Taking a chance that it might provide insight regarding my family, we stopped to read the marker. We were rewarded for our efforts by finding out more about my family and their settlement from the information on the marker.
Historical markers are one of the best-known programs of the Texas Historical Commission (THC). The markers commemorate diverse topics, including: the history and architecture of houses, commercial and public buildings, religious congregations, and military sites; events that changed the course of local and state history; and individuals who have made lasting contributions to our state, community organizations, and businesses. Historical markers can be found in all 254 Texas counties. Age, significance, and architectural requirements govern the eligibility of topics and sites when applying for either a subject marker, Historic Texas Cemetery marker, or a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark marker.
The Historical Commission also has a feature called the Texas Historic Sites Atlas. The Atlas features nearly 300,000 site records, including data on Official Texas Historical Markers and National Register of Historic Places properties in Texas. Also included are courthouses, museums, and sawmills across the state. You can search by Historic Designation, Keyword, County, Address, or Site Name to get instant access to detailed textual descriptions, historic photographs, and interactive maps to help you discover what makes Texas and your areas of interest unique. The Texas Historical Commission's website,, provides a wealth of other information on Texas Historical Markers, including how to apply for a marker.
For more information regarding any matter of state government, please contact my office by writing to P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768-2910 or by emailing me at My district office phone number is (903) 891-7297.

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