Saturday, March 3, 2012

Oh, Those Texas History on a Sticks-- Part 1

From the Feb. 24th Fort Worth (Tx) Star-Telegram "Historical markers tell tale of Texas" by Steve Campbell.

Dan Frazier remembers his father stopping for historical markers when the family was driving along Texas roads. This year, these markers are eligible for their own marker. This year marks the 50th that the Texas Historical Commission has been placing the markers out there on the roads. Right now, there are 15,740 out there and counting.

Back when the program started in 1962, there were only a few thousand markers, mostly in cemeteries.

Right now, Texas has more markers than any other state. Each one gives a history in three hundred words or less. Of course, the big stuff gets a marker, but, not always.

For example, there is one for Baby Head Cemetery along Texas Highway 16, north of Llano. It was named by locals back in the 1850s after a small child was killed by Indians and its remains left on a mountain.

Then there are several markers devoted to local hanging trees.

More to Come. --RoadDog

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