Dallas County Planning and Development
Historical Markers

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Dallas County Markers (300KB)

The abbreviations used in the "Codes" column are:

[AA] = African American topics (often used in conjunction with another code) 

[AC] = archeology - pre-historic and historic archeological sites (see [NA] for historic Native American/Indian topics)

[AD] = Art Deco [architectural style]

[AG] = agriculture, general (not specific farms, ranches, or plantations); includes cultivation of the soil, production of crops, livestock raising not including cattle, land conservation, and land management; use in conjunction with [BG] to code agricultural buildings

[AL] = Alsatian immigrants/immigration

[AM] = African Methodist Episcopal or Colored/Christian Methodist Episcopal (AME/CME) denominations; generally used in conjunction with another clarifying code such as [CH], [BE], [RL]

[AN] = animals; wild or domestic, not including cattle

[AR] = artists; folk or fine artists (painters, sculptors, etc.); does not include literature or architecture

[AS] = Asian topics, general (see specific codes for Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese)

[AT] = Arts and Crafts [architectural style]

[AU] = automobile topics (use in conjunction with [IN] to denote tourist courts, or with [BC] to denote dealerships or with [OL] to denote gas stations)

[AV] = aviation; includes aeronautical and space exploration topics, including prominent individuals in these fields; does not include astronomy

[AY] = astronomy

[BA] = Beaux Arts [architectural style]

[BC] = commercial buildings (includes bank buildings, mercantiles, office buildings)

[BE] = ecclesiastical buildings (churches, cathedrals, synagogues, convents, rectories, manses)

[BF] = factories, industrial buildings

[BG] = buildings; this is a very general code - check all specific codes carefully before selecting; must always be used in conjunction with secondary or tertiary clarifying codes, such as [BC], [BH], etc.

[BH] = houses, residential buildings (includes apartment buildings)

[BI] = institutional buildings (includes asylums, hospital buildings, orphanages, fraternal buildings, libraries, club buildings)

[BK] = banks, bankers, banking topics; use in conjunction with [BC] (commercial buildings) to indicate bank building

[BN] = Bungalow [architectural style]

[BP] = Baptist denomination; includes Missionary Baptist churches, Baptist associations; generally used in conjunction with another clarifying code such as [CH], [BE], [RL]

[BR] = bridges

[BS] = bandstands, public-speaking kiosks or stands (such as those found in public plazas)

[BT] = boats, ships, ferries, barges, and other marine vessels; does not include waterways

[BU] = business topics, general (could include companies, business leaders)

[BY] = botany; flowers, wild and domestic plants (as distinct from agriculture)

[CA] = cattle, cattle industry topics (brands, cattle drives, stockyards, cattle trails) does not include ranches, cowboys and cattlemen, or rodeos

[CB] = cabins, log houses

[CC] = Church of Christ denomination; generally used in conjunction with another clarifying code such as [CH], [BE], [RL]

[CF] = Craftsman [architectural style]

[CG] = Carpenter Gothic [architectural style]

[CH] = churches; generally refers to church congregations; use in conjunction with denominational codes as available; does not include clergy [RL] or buildings [BE]

[CI] = Chinese immigrants/immigration

[CL] = colonization (replaces earlier code for empresarios); early colonizers, those who bring settlers into an area designated for settlement and development

[CM] = camp meetings; religious, social, military, political meetings, reunions, picnics; most commonly religious camp grounds, but can include chatauquas

[CN] = Colonial Revival [architectural style]

[CO] = counties; formation and development of a county, county seat elections

[CR] = Christian (Disciples of Christ) denomination; generally used in conjunction with another clarifying code such as [CH], [BE], [RL]

[CS] = communications; radio, television, telegraph, computers; does not include newspapers, transportation, postal services

[CT] = courthouses; refers only to the structure (or site of a structure) that houses county government; does not refer to other county-related topics

[CV] = Civil War; generally used as a clarifying code with [ML]

[CW] = cowboys; individuals, including cattlemen (this is a code that distinguishes individuals from structures, places, events related to cattle industry)

[CY] = cities and towns; does not include ghost towns

[CZ] = Czech immigrants/immigration

[DC] = design and construction; individuals, processes, styles related to the design and construction of structures, such as architects, carpentry, cabinetry, lime kilns, brick kilns, architectural styles; does not include lumber or steel topics

[DG] = dugouts, sod houses, storm cellars

[DP] = railroad depots

[DS] = disasters, industrial/human-made (use [WT] for natural disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes

[DU] = duels, shoot-outs

[EA] = Eastlake [architectural style]

[EB] = educational buildings (includes schoolhouses, university campus buildings)

[ED] = educational topics; academies, schools, colleges, universities, teachers, educators; does not include special institutions such as orphanages or state schools for the handicapped; may be used in conjunction with other codes such as those for buildings

[EG] = engineering topics (dams, moonlight towers, etc.)

[EN] = English immigrants/immigration

EP = Episcopal denomination; generally used in conjunction with another clarifying code such as [CH], [BE], [RL]

EX = exploration and expeditions; does not include cattle trails or early roads; usually will refer to early Spanish and French expeditions; does not include military expeditions

FC = French immigrants/immigration

FD = fires and fire departments (use in conjunction with [BI] for fire stations)

[FL] = flags

[FM] = farms; land devoted to agricultural purposes (excluding ranches and plantations), includes special farms, such as fish hatcheries; does not include poor farms

[FN] = fences

[FO] = fraternal organizations; includes hunting clubs, does not include women's clubs [WC]

[FP] = federal programs; governmental programs such as the CCC, WPA, etc.

[FR] = fairs and festivals

[FS] = Four Square [architectural style]

[FT] = forts; includes stockades and other fortified structures

[FU] = funeral homes, undertakers

[GC] = Gothic Revival [architectural style]

[GE] = geology; includes any topic related to the history of the earth as recorded in rock, as well as geological features (caverns, canyons, etc.) and mines and mining; does not include iron mines or oil topics or mountains

[GK] = Greek Revival [architectural style]

[GM] = government officials; usually used in conjunction with a clarifying code to denote level of service

[GN] = German immigrants/immigration

[GO] = Georgian Revival [architectural style]

[GR] = grave sites; use [AC] for archeological burial sites

[GT] = ghost towns

[GV] = governors

[GY] = graveyards; cemeteries, not individual graves

[HO] = hospitals; includes medical clinics, research facilities; does not include doctors or health resorts; use in conjunction with [BI] for hospital buildings

[HR] = health resorts; resorts such as hot springs; does not refer to medical clinics

[IA] = Italian immigrants/immigration

[ID] = islands

[IL] = International [architectural style]

[IM] = immigration (replaces EU/European); generally used in conjunction with secondary or tertiary clarifying codes

[IN] = inns, hotels, motels; may be used with other codes to indicate special properties such as stagecoach inns [SG] or railroad inns [RR] or tourist courts [AU]

[IR] = Irish immigrants/immigration

[IS] = iron and steel; includes iron mining, steel industry

[IT] = Italianate [architectural style]

[IV] = inventors and inventions, as distinguished from scientific discoveries

[JA] = jails and prisons

[JL] = journalists

[JP] = Japanese immigrants/immigration

[JU] = judges, at all levels from local to national

[JW] = Jewish topics; refers to ethnicity as well as religion; often used in conjunction with other codes such as [BE] for synagogues or [RL] for rabbis

[KO] = Korean War

[LA] = labor topics; labor unions; labor leaders

[LB] = lumber topics; forests, trees, lumber mills and sawmills, recreational and commercial exploitation of forests and trees, conservation efforts

[LD] = land development; land surveys, land companies, promotional towns

[LE] = law enforcement 

[LG] = land grants

[LI] = libraries; use in conjunction with [BI] to denote library buildings

[LT] = lighthouses

[LU] = Lutheran denomination; generally used in conjunction with another clarifying code such as [CH], [RE], [RL]

[LV] = livery stables; includes wagon yards, public corrals, blacksmith shops

[LW] = law and lawyers; does not include judges [JU] or law enforcement officers [OF]

[MA] = media

[MC] = Mexican immigrants/immigration

[MD] = medical topics and physicians; does not include facilities such as hospitals, clinics, health resorts; may include epidemics

[ME] = Methodist (Methodist Episcopal and United Methodist) denomination; generally used in conjunction with another clarifying code such as [CH], [BE], [RL]

[MG] = manufacturing topics; all manufacturing topics not given specific codes (e.g., does not include oil industry, lumber industry, iron and steel industry, building construction, textile mills)

[MH] = merchants

[MI] = Mission [architectural style; see [MN] for mission sites]

[MK] = markets, mercantiles; does not include public market places such as farmers markets or mercantile buildings

[ML] = military topics; armies, battles, battle sites, military units, military expeditions, soldiers, veterans, wars; may be used in conjunction with [AV] for military aviation; do not use for forts; should be used in conjunction with secondary codes for specific wars:

[MM] = museums; museums of all types, including art, history, natural science, etc.; does not include buildings that later became museums

[MN] = missions

[MO] = monuments; structures erected to commemorate an event, person, topic

[MR] = Mediterranean [architectural style]

[MS] = mills - textile, fiber, gristmills, cotton gins; does not include steel mills or sawmills

[MT] = mountains and mountain passes; may be used in conjunction with other codes for more specific sites (e.g., [MT], [RR] for railroad mountain pass)

[MU] = music; does not include opera houses, bandstands, theaters

[MW] = Mexican War

[NA] = Native Americans; sites, individuals, groups, related topics

[NB] = neighborhoods

[NC] = Neoclassical [architectural style]

[NR] = Norwegian immigrants/immigration

[NW] = newspapers

[OC] = county official

[OF] = local law enforcement officers; does not include sheriffs or rangers

[OL] = oil/petroleum topics; includes oil wells, oil fields, boom towns, petroleum products and related oil industry topics

[OM] = municipal official

[ON] = national/federal official

[OP] = opera houses and theaters

[OR] = orphanages; includes state schools, foundling institutions, asylums, public homes, etc.; use in conjunction with [BI] to code historic orphanage buildings

[OS] = state official

[OU] = outlaws

[PC] = politics; political parties, organizations; political topics

[PF] = poor farms

[PH] = Polish immigrants/immigration

[PI] = pioneers; refers to individuals and families, not settlements

[PL] = plantations; usually associated with pre-Civil War period

[PK] = parks; includes plazas, public squares, public marketplaces, state and national parks

[PO] = post office; includes postal routes; use in conjunction with [BI] for historic post office buildings

[PR] = Presbyterian denomination; generally used in conjunction with another clarifying code such as [CH], [RE], [RL]

[PS] = Prairie School [architectural style]

[PT] = ports

[QA] = Queen Anne [architectural style]

[RC] = Roman Catholic denomination; generally used in conjunction with another clarifying code such as [CH], [RE], [RL]

[RD] = roads; includes traces, paths, highways; does not include cattle trails, stagecoach routes, postal routes, railroads; does not include individually marked bridges, but does include fords and crossings

[RE] = religious topics, general

[RG] = rangers; includes Texas Rangers, border patrol; does not include sheriffs, local law enforcement officers, military ranger companies

[RL] = religious leaders; includes ministers, missionaries, priests, bishops, rabbis, etc.

[RM] = Art Moderne [architectural style]

[RN] = ranches/ranching; land and/or dwellings related to ranching

[RQ] = Romanesque/Richardsonian Romanesque [architectural style]

[RR] = railroad; includes railway companies, urban streetcar lines, interurbans, railroad construction topics; does not include railroad depots [DP]

[RS] = restaurants

[RU] = Russian immigrants/immigration

[RV] = Classical Revival [architectural style]

[SA] = Spanish American War

[SC] = scientific topics; all scientific topics not covered by specific codes; does not include botany, medical topics, geology, conservation

[SE] = French Second Empire [architectural style]

[SF] = sheriffs

[SG] = stagecoach routes, stands, etc.

[SH] = Shingle [architectural style]

[SI] = Spanish immigrants/immigration

[SK] = Stick [architectural style]

[SL] = Spanish Colonial Revival [architectural style]

[SM] = settlements; includes early colonies

[SN] = saloons

[SP] = sports topics; use in conjunction with other codes, such as [BG] for gyms/stadiums, CW for rodeos

[SR] = Spanish Renaissance Revival [architectural style]

[ST] = Scottish immigrants/immigration

[SW] = Swedish immigrants/immigration

[TI] = Texas Revolution, Republic of Texas

[TP] = trading posts, customs stations

[TR] = Tudor Revival [architectural style]

[UB] = United Brethren denomination; generally used in conjunction with another clarifying code such as [CH], [RE], [RL]

[VC] = Victorian [architectural term - a period/era, rather than a style]

[VI] = Vietnamese immigrants/immigration

[VN] = Vietnam War

[VR] = vernacular [architectural term]

[WA] = water topics; all waterways and related topics, such as coastal waterways, harbors, canals, creeks, rivers, lakes, reservoirs, dams; does not include boats, bridges, or hot springs developed as health resorts

[WC] = women's clubs; can be used with clarifying codes such as [FO] for auxiliary clubs or [LI] for literary codes

[WI] = World War I

[WL] = wildlife management

[WN] = women, women's history topics; may include individuals as well as more general topics such as woman suffrage

[WR] = writers and poets; includes writers of all types except journalists [JL]

[WT] = weather topics; includes hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, dust storms, droughts

[WW] = World War II

[YO] = youth organizations