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DALLAS COUNTY TO PROVIDE FUNDING FOR

UNDER-TOLD HISTORY

MARKERS

 

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

The Commission is providing this funding because there are many significant elements of the County's history that have not been acknowledged to the same degree as other areas (for instance, only about ten percent of the 374 markers in the County involve elements of Hispanic, Asian, and African-American history, and there are still several cities in the County without a State marker) and because it is thought that the cost of a State marker ($1000-$2000) may discourage many individuals and groups from pursuing such designation.

baseball team                    Photo courtesy of Dallas Mexican American Historical League

Under the County's new program, the County will provide $500 (i.e., one-half of the funding for the small version of the State's subject marker, cemetery marker, or Recorded Texas Historic Landmark marker) if the selected marker deals with an aspect of Dallas County history that has previously been under-recognized.

Individuals and groups that are interested in receiving this funding will apply at the same time that they submit their application for a State marker to the Commission later this Fall.  General information about the County's marker funding program follows below.  The County's Director of Planning & Development is available at (214) 653-7601 to discuss this general information.  More specific information, including the application form associated with the program and the schedule for submitting requests for funding, will be provided later.

Dallas County Marker Funding Guidelines 

 

 

REVIEWING STATE HISTORICAL MARKERS

 

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.

 

 

 OTHER HISTORICAL COMMISSION PROJECTS

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.

2011 DALLAS COUNTY RTHL PROPERTIES
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

House

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