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Historical Commission Projects

Planning and Development




To help encourage the acknowledgement and preservation of key aspects of Dallas County's history, the Dallas County Historical Commission is providing funding for up to two State-approved historical markers this Fall.

The Commission is providing this funding because it is important that all portions of history be remembered and because it is thought that the cost of a State Historical Marker ($1000-$2000) may discourage many individuals and groups from pursuing such designation.

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         Photo courtesy of Dallas Mexican American Historical League

Under the County's new program, the County will provide 50%, up to $550, of the cost of a Texas Historical Marker if the selected marker deals with a cultural aspect of Dallas County history that has previously been under-recognized.

            1940s photo  

            Photo courtesy of John Wiley Price

The application forms, instructions, and policies for this program follow below.  To be considered for funding, interested individuals and organizations must electronically submit a funding application, along with the application for a State Historical Marker, to Rick Loessberg, the County's Director of Planning and Development, by November 1, 2016.  

Mr. Loessberg's email address is:  He is also available at (214) 653-7601 to answer questions about the program.


Dallas County Marker Funding Guidelines

Dallas County Marker Funding Application

Dallas County Marker Funding Evaluation Policies



The Dallas area is fortunate to have a large number of history organizations and museums.  However, because there are so many, knowing about all of them is not always easy.  So that the community can more quickly obtain information about the history resources that are available, the Dallas County Historical Commission has developed a brochure with website information for almost forty history organizations and museums located within the County.

This brochure can be accessed through the following link:

A Guide to Local Historical Organizations and Museums

Organizations wishing to be included in this brochure should contact Rick Loessberg, the County's Director of Planning and Development, at: rloessberg@



The Dallas County Historical Commission serves as the first level of review for State historical markers.  A marker application must be recommended for approval by the County's Historical Commission before it can be submitted to the Texas Historical Commission for consideration.

Marker applications can be submitted to the County to commemorate a historic site, neighborhood, structure, institution, church, cemetery, event or person. The State prescribes when marker applications can be submitted; they usually only can be submitted from September 1-November 15 of each year.  The State typically sets the schedule around August.

Examples of marker applications that have been submitted over the past several years and that have been recommended to the State for approval by the Commission are as follows:

Information about all of the existing State historical markers in Dallas County, as well as information about the area's historic cemetaries and National Register properties, is available from the Texas Historical Commission at the "Atlas" feature on its website.

Procedures, policies and costs for historical markers are determined by the Texas Historical Commission and included with the application.  For more information about Texas Historical Commission Designations, Historical Marker guidelines, and applications, click here.




The Commission also promotes historic preservation and historic appreciation through the news media, speeches and educational programs with civic groups, tourists and schools. In the past, it was a major participant in the effort to create the Sixth Floor Museum and to preserve the Old Red Courthouse, and it also spearheaded the first effort to conduct a comprehensive historic resource survey in the County since 1982.

During Spring 2011, the Commission surveyed and photographed all of the sixty-nine properties in Dallas County that had previously been designated by the Texas Historical Commission as Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks.  RTHL status is the highest historic preservation designation that the State can bestow upon a structure.

A list of the RTHL properties that the Commission surveyed in 2011 as well as photographs and the completed reports for each property follows below.

Addison Mortgage Bank Adolphus  Hotel Aldredge House
Alexander Mansion Ambassador Hotel A.H. Belo House
Ahab Bowen Home F.A. Brown Farm Home John Neely Bryan Cabin
Buckner Log Cabin Busch-Kriby Building Caruth House
Cochran Homeplace Cox House Cristler-Rodgers House
Dallas City Hall Dallas County Criminal Courts Building Dallas County Records Building
Dallas Depot/H & TC Dallas Hall Dallas Scottish Rite Temple
DeGolyer House Bill/Maude Dodson House First Baptist Church
First United Methodist Church of Cedar Hill Florence Ranch Home Galloways Old Home Place
Gen. Richard M. Gano House Gilbert House Micajah Goodwin Log Cabin
Hall of State Higginbotham-Bailey Building Higginbotham-Pearlstone Building
Highland Park Methodist Church Building Hill-Robberson House Hilton Hotel
Hord Log Cabin Interstate Forwarding Company Warehouse Joffre-Gilbert House
Lawrence Farmstead Mark/Maybelle Lemmon House Magnolia (Mobil) Building
Majestice Theatre Marcus House Miller Log Cabin
John Hickman Miller House Millermore Munger Place Methodist Church
Nance Farm Oak Cliff United Methodist Church Oates School
Old Red Courthouse Rawlins Homestead Reichenstein Home
Dr. R.A. Roberts House Dr. Frank E. Rutherford Veterinary Hospital Santa Fe Railroad Depot
Schulze House W.A. Strain Home

Robert/Marie Stubbs


Texas School Book Depository Building Trinity Methodist Church Turtle Creek Pump Station
Union Station Louis Wagner Home Wheatland Methodist Church
White Rock Pump Station Woodrow Wilson High School Winnifield House

Photographs of Surveyed RTHL Properties

Completed RTHL Survey Reports