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Texas Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on January 22, 2021

 
1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 Texas ranks fourth 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 256 of them have entries in this database. In Texas we have discovered historical markers in 1,021 cities and towns lying in 1,123 different ZIP Codes.

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There are at least 8,560 historical markers in Texas, by our count. We have cataloged 8,490 historical markers and 229 war memorials—each individually presented on 8,666 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. Pages for historical markers from this state make up 5.9% of our total. In addition, we are reasonably certain of another 70 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.

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 earlier today, and titled Giddings Wilkin House Museum 1843. It is in Brenham in Washington County. Keeping in mind that the erection date of many markers in the database is not known, the earliest historical marker we know of in Texas was erected in 1881. It was this one: 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
2,413 • Settlements and Settlers
1,220 • Industry and Commerce
1,208 • Churches and Religion
978 • Cemeteries and Burial Sites
890 • Notable Buildings
707 • Education
593 • Civil War
550 • Texas Independence War
507 • Architecture
430 • 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—2,413 of them—than about any other historical topic. It is followed by Industry and Commerce with 1,220 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 20, 2021, and titled Browder Springs. It had been erected in 1968 in Dallas in Dallas 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 Kerrville in Kerr County. It is Penateka Comanches.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Texas county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Travis County, with 392 of them. It is followed closely by Dallas County with 359 markers. The Austin area of Travis County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 354. In Dallas County the area with the most markers, 210, is Dallas.

Historical Markers in These
Texas Counties
392 • Travis County
359 • Dallas County
315 • Harris County
302 • Galveston County
263 • Bexar County
232 • Williamson County
138 • Gillespie County
130 • El Paso County
124 • Tarrant County
102 • Washington County
    ... and others ...

Checking the database for the city or town in Texas with the most markers we again find Austin at the top of the list with 354 markers in or near it. It is followed by San Antonio in Bexar County with 233 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 77550 at the top of the list with 204 markers in its delivery area. (ZIP Code 77550 is assigned to Galveston TX including the Island, Jamaica Beach, and Virginia Point delivery areas.) It is followed closely by ZIP Code 78701 with 188 markers. (78701 is assigned to Austin TX.)

Historical Markers Near These
Texas Cities and Towns
354 • Austin
233 • San Antonio
223 • Galveston
210 • Dallas
181 • Houston
88 • Fredericksburg
83 • El Paso
82 • Fort Worth
75 • Tyler
72 • Amarillo
    ... and others ...

Getting back to Travis County, the first marker added to the database from there, Mount Bonnell, was added June 21, 2009. It was erected in 1969 in Austin. The last one submitted was uploaded on January 14, 2021, and is titled Rosewood Park and was erected in 2018, in Austin. The earliest marker erected in Travis County that we have listed was erected in 1907. It was Terry’s Texas Rangers Monument, found in Austin on July 29, 2016.

Latest entry from Texas. Click to go there
By James Hulse, January 19, 2021
Latest Entry from Texas
“Giddings Wilkin House Museum 1843”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from San Antonio. The first: Wilber B. Miller, was added February 20, 2008. It had been erected in 1995. The last: Southwestern Room added on January 11, 2021. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1914: Japanese Monument to The Heroes of the Alamo, added on May 16, 2010.

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 6,160 of their markers in the database.

In addition, Texas Centennial Commission has also erected numerous historical markers, and we have 1,582 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 Duval County, Brazoria Cpounty and Jim Hogg County. We've only found one historical marker in each. 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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Jan. 22, 2021