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Texas Facts and Figures

Gleaned from the Historical Marker Database

 

on February 24, 2020

 
1876 artwork by Henry Mitchell, via Wikipedia Commons

 Texas ranks fifth 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 251 of them have entries in this database. In Texas we have discovered historical markers in 846 cities and towns lying in 924 different ZIP Codes.

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How many historical markers are there in Texas? There are least 6,733 of them, by our count. We have cataloged 6,663 historical markers and 177 war memorials—each individually presented on 6,798 illustrated, annotated, and searchable pages of the Historical Marker Database. Pages for historical markers from this state make up 5.2% 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 on February 13, 2020, and titled Gateway to William States Jacobs Ranch. It is in Webster in Harris 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 Categories
1,880 • Settlements and Settlers
884 • Notable Buildings
874 • Industry and Commerce
871 • Churches and Religion
602 • Cemeteries and Burial Sites
546 • Education
506 • Civil War
430 • Texas Independence War
344 • Native Americans
313 • Roads and Vehicles
    ... and more ...

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—1,880 of them—than about any other historical category. It is followed by Notable Buildings with 884 markers.

The first marker added to the database with the Settlements and Settlers category 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 February 7, 2020, and titled Mexia Oil Boom. It had been erected in 1967 in Mexia in Limestone County. The earliest marker erected with the Settlements and Settlers category that we have listed was erected in 1926. It is Wilbarger's Bend, found in Bastrop in Bastrop County on April 22, 2015.

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 in San Antonio in Bexar County. It is T.C. Frost and the Frost Bank.

Counties, Cities and Towns

The Texas county with the most historical markers listed in this database is Travis County, with 361 of them. It is followed by Galveston County with 286 markers. The Austin area of Travis County has the highest number of markers within its limits, 326. In Galveston County the area with the most markers, 211, is Galveston.

Historical Markers in These
Texas Counties
361 • Travis County
286 • Galveston County
275 • Harris County
231 • Williamson County
220 • Bexar County
130 • El Paso County
101 • Gillespie County
100 • Smith County
100 • Tarrant County
92 • Kaufman County
    ... and more ...

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 326 markers in or near it. And Galveston also shows up again in next place, with 211 markers. For the ZIP Code with the most markers it’s 77550 at the top of the list with 194 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 by ZIP Code 78701 with 173 markers. (78701 is assigned to Austin TX.)

Historical Markers Near These
Texas Cities and Towns
326 • Austin
211 • Galveston
198 • San Antonio
158 • Houston
83 • El Paso
80 • Fort Worth
75 • Tyler
72 • Georgetown
67 • Abilene
65 • Lubbock
    ... and more ...

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 October 14, 2019, and is titled First Presbyterian Church of Austin and was erected in 1990, 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 Jim Evans, March 25, 2006
Latest Entry from Texas
“Gateway to William States Jacobs Ranch”

And finally the first, last, and oldest markers from Galveston. The first: Rosewood Cemetery, was added January 20, 2008. It had been erected in 2007. The last: Hawes Summer Home added on December 17, 2019. It had been erected in 2011. The earliest marker erected was erected in 1911: Dignified Resignation, added on June 5, 2018.

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. We have 4,719 of their 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 Frio County, Hidalgo County and Duval 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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