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Texas Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on February 5, 2023

 
1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 Texas ranks second among states and provinces with markers in this database. Texas is a state in the United States of America located in the American South. It is also in the West South Central region. Texas is some 269 thousand square miles in size with a population of around 29 million people. The state is divided into 254 counties and all of them have entries in this database. In Texas we have discovered historical markers in 1,290 cities and towns lying in 1,374 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 12,350 historical markers in Texas, by our count. We have cataloged 12,311 historical markers and 501 war memorials—each individually presented on 12,720 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. Pages for historical markers from this state make up 6.6% of our total. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another 39 historical markers in Texas that we don’t yet have, and instead show on our Want List. Our correspondents have been finding and adding hundreds of markers a month to the database from all over the world, so next time you visit this page you will probably find that the numbers here have changed.

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The first Texas marker in the database, A. A. & Mary Spacek House, was added August 28, 2007. It was photographed in Granger in Williamson County and was erected in 1999. The last one added was submitted on February 2, 2023, and titled Evergreen United Methodist Church. It is in Evergreen in San Jacinto County and had been erected in 1982. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, one of the earliest historical markers we know of in Texas was erected in 1881. More than one was erected that year. This one of them: The B.R. Brigham Monument, and one of our correspondents found it near La Porte in Harris County on November 13, 2018.

Texas Historical Topics
3,262 • Settlements and Settlers
1,967 • Churches and Religion
1,848 • Industry and Commerce
1,600 • Cemeteries and Burial Sites
1,098 • Education
1,075 • Notable Buildings
848 • Architecture
812 • Texas Independence War
784 • Civil War
571 • Native Americans
    ... and others ...

Texans don’t want to forget their Settlements and Settlers history. How do we know? Because there are more historical markers in the database from Texas about Settlements and Settlers—3,262 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by Churches and Religion with 1,967 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Settlements and Settlers topic was C.A.D. Clamp, added September 17, 2007. It had been erected in 1990 in Georgetown in Williamson County. The last one submitted was submitted on January 30, 2023, and titled J.K. Miller House. It had been erected in 1972 in Denison in Grayson County. The earliest marker erected with the Settlements and Settlers topic that we have listed was erected in 1924. It is La Reunion, found in Dallas in Dallas County on July 7, 2020.

What is the most interesting historical marker in Texas? What we know is that John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza is the most viewed entry in the database from Texas since it was added in 2008. It is located in Dallas in Dallas County. This year so far, the most viewed Texan entry is located near Uvalde in Uvalde County. It is Chalk Bluff Indian Massacre.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Texas county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Bexar County, with 511 of them. It is followed closely by Travis County with 505 markers. The San Antonio area of Bexar County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 464. In Travis County the area with the most markers, 459, is Austin.

Historical Markers in These
Texas Counties
511 • Bexar County
505 • Travis County
431 • Harris County
374 • Dallas County
337 • Galveston County
246 • Tarrant County
241 • Gillespie County
235 • Williamson County
176 • Brazoria County
163 • Bell County
    ... and others ...

Checking the database for the city or town in Texas with the most markers we again find San Antonio at the top of the list with 464 markers in or near it. And Austin also shows up again in next place, just missing out with 462 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 78205 at the top of the list with 232 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 78205 is assigned to San Antonio TX.) It is followed closely by ZIP Code 78701 with 227 markers. (78701 is assigned to Austin TX.)

Historical Markers Near These
Texas Cities and Towns
464 • San Antonio
462 • Austin
244 • Galveston
243 • Houston
223 • Dallas
190 • Fredericksburg
113 • Corpus Christi
111 • Nacogdoches
110 • Fort Worth
104 • Victoria
    ... and others ...

Getting back to Bexar County, the first marker added to the database from there, Wilber B. Miller, was added February 20, 2008. It was erected in 1995 in San Antonio. The last one submitted was uploaded on January 30, 2023, and is titled Mastering New Mysteries, in San Antonio. The earliest marker erected in Bexar County that we have listed was erected in 1914. It was Japanese Monument to The Heroes of the Alamo, found in San Antonio on May 16, 2010.

Latest entry from Texas. Click to go there
By Larry D. Moore, January 28, 2023
Latest Entry from Texas
“Evergreen United Methodist Church”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Austin. The first: Mount Bonnell, was added June 21, 2009. It had been erected in 1969. The last: George A. Peterson House added on December 21, 2022. It had been erected in 2015. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1891: Heroes of the Alamo, added on September 8, 2022.

Who Puts Up Historical Markers?

The Texas Historical Commission is currently in charge of official historical markers found all over the state. You will also find official markers erected by the Texas State Historical Survey Committee, a predecessor. They erected their first marker in 1962, and we have 8,818 of their markers in the database.

In addition, Texas Centennial Commission has also erected numerous historical markers, and we have 2,074 of their Texas markers in the database. Also, a number of counties have erected historical markers on their streets and roads and within their public areas, as have some cities and towns.

Latest entry from Texas. Click to go there
By Richard Denney, January 7, 2017
A Texas Historical Commission Historical Marker

Then there are federal government agencies that put up historical markers, especially in national parks and other areas under their jurisdiction. And finally, there are the numerous public and private organizations and individuals that erect markers. Some do this as a continual endeavor, and others once in a while, to mark something, someone, or someplace they find important or interesting. When one of our correspondents comes across one that satisfies our criteria, we add it to the database.

Off the Beaten Path

You’ll find that even the smallest, least populated, or most rural areas of Texas have been marked with history. Check out Dimmit County, King County and Jim Hogg County. We've only found, respectively, 2, 2, and 2 historical markers there. Visiting one or more of these parts of Texas might make for a pleasant road trip, and maybe you’ll discover more historical markers while you’re there. If you do, perhaps you’ll take the time to photograph them and, when you get home, become an HMdb correspondent by adding them to the database. Happy Hunting!

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Feb. 5, 2023