Win the Weekend: Texas Historical Markers Turn Fifty

The Texas Historical Commission's markers are now eligible for their own plaque, Ron Paul and Sheila Jackson Lee are the Hill's best talkers, and the TCU drug bust was a bit pitiful. 
Sat March 3, 2012 1:34 am
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Historical markers of Texas now eligible for a historical marker
It’s the 50th anniversary of the Texas Historical Commission’s roadside markers, which means the markers themselves are now historic, according to Steve Campbell of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 

“Before the commission’s roadside program started in 1962, Texas had just a few thousand historical markers, most of them in cemeteries,” Bob Brinkman, coordinator of the program, told Campbell.

Now, as Campbell reports, there are 15,740 markers in the state: Travis County has the most, with 440, followed by Harris with 433, Tarrant with 379, Dallas with 365, and Galveston with 298. 

What makes the program special, according to Tarleton State history professor T. Lindsay Baker, is that locals lobby for the historical recognition and raise the required $1000 for a plaque. “In most states, bureaucrats do it,” Baker said. 

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TCU drug bust a bust?
The headline-making arrests of TCU students (including four members of the Horned Frogs’ football team), for dealing drugs resulted in the confiscation of 2.7 pounds of marijuana, 1.5 ounces of prescription pills and controlled substances, nine weapons, and $46,243,  wrote Mitch Mitchell of

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