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MARCH is Texas History Month

Have you seen the markers we have here in Harris County?

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HARRIS COUNTY HISTORICAL COMMISSION
MARKER INVENTORY COMMITTEE

by Jim Fisher

The Harris County Historical Commission’s Marker Inventory Committee is responsible for tracking and identifying historical markers, monuments and designated historic properties in Harris County. The HCHC committee’s goal is to assemble a definitive listing for all such markers, monuments and sites. This inventory includes official Texas Historical Commission (THC) markers and historic cemeteries, as well as monuments and markers erected by other civic organizations. While the HCHC is not responsible for other organizational monuments and markers, it can assist the public by providing information about them and/or directing them to the proper custodian when requested. It should be noted that most of these non-THC markers pre-date the State of Texas’ establishment of an official marker system in the 1930’s. This formal inventory has been under continuous development for over a decade. Each site is visited and documented by the committee’s volunteers, to include GPS readings, site photos, etc. This information is then recorded in a database which allows the committee chair to analyze and report the entire inventory by a wide range of identifiers. The committee also keeps track of markers that have been damaged/restored, placed in storage, or rescinded. With information provided by the HCHC Marker Committee, new marker applications are tracked by this committee as they move from submission to the THC, to installation and dedication. These ‘in the pipeline’ markers are reported to the full HCHC commission at each quarterly meeting. This on-going process has resulted in the identification and recording of many markers and monuments not previously documented by this commission. The Marker Inventory Committee has now cataloged a total of 69 “other organizational” inventory entries. This includes the identification of the oldest existing marker in the county, the 1908 “In Memory of Alexander Hodge” monument in Houston’s Sam Houston Park. Over the last six years, through the addition of new Texas Historical Commission and Harris County markers, the documentation of Historic Texas Cemeteries, and the identification of community Sesquicentennial markers, this section of the inventory has grown by 112 entries. The THC inventory now totals 491 entries. The total number of entries in the HCHC database has grown by approximately 25% during this period.

 

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