Fast Facts

Cemetery Preservation

1,706

Historic Texas Cemetery designations

254

Counties with Historic Texas Cemetery designations

County Historical Commission Outreach

7

Minimum number of appointees required for a County Historical Commission

20

Average number of appointees per County Historical Commission

4,500

Approximate number of County Historical Commission appointees in Texas

482,205

County Historical Commission volunteer hours for 2015 year of service

$11,360,749

Monetary value of County Historical Commission volunteer hours for 2015

180

County Historical Commission reports submitted for the 2015 year of service

39

County Historical Commissions that operate a museum

244

Counties that have at least one County Historical Commission contact in place

$5

Average monetary value of service returned after investing $1 in a County Historical Commission

CHC

Abbreviation for County Historical Commission

Curatorial Facility Certification

2005

Curatorial Facility Program established

16

Curatorial facilities certified in Texas

Curatorial Facility for Artifact Research

2011

Year that the Curatorial Facility for Artifact Research opened to receive collections

35%

Humidity level some archeological collections must be stored at to prevent damage to the artifacts

1408

Number of artifacts that have been conserved through the Curatorial Facility for Artifact Research since 2009

Historic Resources Survey

$234,028

CLG grant funds awarded from 2010 to 2013 for historic resources surveys

25%

THC’s target survey and inventory increase

Historic Texas Highways

1917

Texas Department of Transportation was established, then known as State Highway Department

May 2016

Projected completion of the Meridian Highway survey

2,700+

Number of road-related resources documented during Bankhead Highway survey

43

Counties traversed by the Bankhead Highway

Broadway of America

Nickname for the Bankhead Highway; also know as SH 1, US 80/US 67, IH 10/IH 20/IH 30

1880s

Good Roads Movement got started by bicyclist advocates for better-quality paved roads

Oct. 5, 1899

First motorized horseless carriage arrives in Dallas driven by Edward Green and George Dorris

1902

Auto races held at the State Fair of Texas

10,527

total miles of roadway in Texas in 1914

1930

year that the Texas Highway Department built its first roadside parks to provide places for travelers to stop and relax

3,724

number of miles of new roads constructed by WPA work-relief projects from 1933 to 1941

Historic Texas Lands Plaque

36

Plaques awarded to Texas landowners through the Historic Texas Lands Plaque program

90%

Of all Texas archeological sites are on private land

Military History

66

Oral History Training Workshops conducted

5

Texas Civil War Monuments dedicated since 2008

1st in Texas

World War II-era Enemy Alien Internment Camp (Crystal City) listed on the National Register of Historic Places

7

Park Days (battlefield clean-up) held at Palmito Ranch Battlefield since 2008

24

Texas in World War II Vignettes dedicated

Museum Services

59%

Of collecting institutions in the U.S. have had their collections damaged by light exposure

53%

Of collecting institutions in the U.S. have had their collections damaged by moisture

26%

Of collecting institutions in the U.S. have no environmental controls to protect their collections

12 million

The number of students museums provide hands-on experiences to each year

59%

Of institutions in the U.S. have the majority of their collections stored in areas too small to accommodate them appropriately

165 million

The number of tourists museums attract annually

65%

Of collecting institutions in the U.S. have experienced damage to collections due to improper storage

$21 billion

The amount museums contribute to the American economy each year

78%

Of museums in the U.S. do not have an emergency plan with staff trained to carry it out

39%

Of collecting institutions in the U.S. have a backlog in cataloging their collections

80%

Of collecting institutions in the U.S. do not have paid staff dedicated to collections care

70%

Of collecting institutions in the U.S. need additional training for their staff and volunteers caring for collections

Over 900

Local history museums are in the state of Texas.

Over 4.8 billion

Artifacts in U.S. are held in public trust by museums and other institutions.

1969

Year museum services program established

13.5 million

Historic artifacts in U.S. collecting institutions are at risk

11 counties in Texas

Do not have history museums

153 million

Photographs in U.S. collecting institutions are at risk

19%

of all Texas history museums are in the Texas Independence Trail Region.

2.6 billion

Items in historic, cultural, and scientific collections in the U.S. are not protected by an emergency plan and are at great risk

3 Trail Regions

have at least one history museum in every county.

Texas

Has the largest state museum association in the country

2,200+

Museums in the state of Texas

Preservation Tax Incentives

$1.2 billion

Increase in the gross state product from activity in the federal rehabilitation tax credit program in Texas between 1979 and 2011

52

Successful completed projects approved by the state tax credit program as of 2017, with total eligible costs of $459,000,000

$1.9 billion

Total estimated rehabilitation expenditures for all Part B project proposals, 2015-2017

6652

the total number of construction jobs created from federal tax credit projects in Texas between 2002 and 2015

266

Number of Part A applications received for the state tax credit program as of 2017

$365 million

the total proposed investment in new federal tax credit projects, based on Part 2 applications received in the year 2015 alone

$6 million

Average amount spent on each certified federal rehabilitation tax credit project in Texas since 2000

2 out of 3

The average number of state tax credit projects that also participate in the federal program

$1.3 billion

Reinvested in the Texas economy through the federal rehabilitation tax credit program from 1979 to 2012

31,694

Jobs created by the federal rehabilitation tax credit projects in Texas between 1979 and 2011

Over 500

Federal rehabilitation tax credit projects reviewed by Texas Historical Commission staff between 1979 and 2012

300%

Increase in the number of applications for federal tax credits from 2013 to 2014, in anticipation of the new state tax credit in 2015

34

The number of Texas communities participating in the state tax credit program as of 2017

$880,565,142

Income generated by federal rehabilitation tax credit projects in Texas between 1979 and 2011

1791

The total number of attendees reached at 44 staff-led tax credit workshops, between 2014 and 2017

Over $140,000

State and local tax revenue generated by activity in the federal rehabilitation tax credit program in Texas between 1979 and 2011

Project Review

96%

Projects reviewed in 2012 that had no effect or no adverse effect on historic properties, compared with those with an adverse effect

11

Average number of days for Texas Historical Commission staff to complete a project review

15,000

Average number of projects reviewed per year since 2008 by Texas Historical Commission review staff

98,560

Acres surveyed in 2014 under Section 106 and Antiquities Code projects

1,355

Archeological sites recorded in FY 2014

7,044

Antiquities permits issued since 1970

175

State Antiquities Landmarks on private land

Regional Archeology

1,143

FY 2014- Archeological sites reported in Section 106 and Antiquities Code of Texas reviews

76,840

Archeological sites recorded in Texas, as of September 2014

90%

Or more of the archeological sites in Texas are privately owned

1500 years ago

Bow and arrow was introduced to Texas

13,000 years

Age of Oldest Known Archeological Sites in Texas

State Historical Markers

1,100

Number of markers, monuments, statues, memorial museums and exposition buildings from the Texas Centennial in 1936

254

Average number of new historical markers each year THC has produced over the last ten years

2,000

Number of people attending "Education in Livingston" historical marker dedication in Polk County in April 2008

8

Most historical markers dedicated simultaneously -- in Thurber (Erath County) in October 1995

242

Number of 1936 Centennial markers in need of restoration

24

Average number of historical marker replacements processed each year

19

Average number of historical marker relocation requests processed each year

16,265

Official State Historical Markers in Texas as of Jan. 1, 2016

3,678

Number of buildings, structures and objects designated as Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks (RTHLs) from 1962 to 2012

98%

Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks (RTHLs) saved in 50 years of the program -- only 52 of 3,678 have been lost

Texas Archeological Stewards

10,802

Number of people attending presentations and workshops given by Texas Archeological Stewards in 2014

$482,901

Dollar value of Texas Archeological Stewards volunteer hours worked in 2014

130,239

Volunteer miles driven by Texas Archeological Stewards in 2014

$440,013

Dollar value of Texas Archeological Stewards volunteer hours worked in 2013

108

The number of stewards in the Texas Archeology Stewardship Network

89

Archeological sites recorded by avocational archeologists in 2014

1,169

Archeological sites recorded by avocational archeologists between 2006 and 2014

20,932

Volunteer hours contributed by Texas Archeological Stewards in 2014

1,048

Landowners, organizations, and other individuals assisted by Texas Archeological Stewards in 2014

Texas Archeology Month

2015

61 Texas Archeology Month events were held in 42 towns throughout 37 counties

1989

Texas Archeology Awareness Week, the precursor to Texas Archeology Month, was first observed during the month of April.

April 1989

Texas Archeology Awareness Week was first observed and initiated by the Texas Archeological Society

1993

THC took on the task of Texas Archeology Awareness Week coordination

1996

Texas Archeological Awareness Week was expanded to a month-long observance due to growth in popularity

1997

Texas Archeology Month was moved to October to enable educators to incorporate archeology into curriculum early in the school year.

2014

70 separate Texas Archeology Month events held in 40 communities in 38 counties.

Texas Courthouse Stewardship

83

Grant-funded Counties Participating in Courthouse Stewardship Program

140+

The amount of hours provided for Courthouse Stewardship Training

Texas Heritage Trails

$175

Average daily spending of each Texas heritage traveler

$2.7 million

Regional cash contributions supporting the Texas Heritage Trails Program

7.6 million

Heritage travel guides distributed to visitors

$4.1 million

In-kind contributions supporting the Texas Heritage Trails Program

10.5%

Travel in Texas that is heritage-related

95,130

Hours contributed by volunteers through the Texas Heritage Trails Program

$652,319

Partnership grants to communities and nonprofits through the Texas Heritage Trails Program

$7.3 billion

Estimated annual heritage traveler spending

54,000

Texas jobs created by heritage tourism (estimated annual average)

Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation

$555 million

Income generated through the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program

over $40 million

State and local taxes generated through the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program

$681 million

Gross State Product generated through the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program

21

Major Films Featuring a Texas Courthouse

130

Revitalization Projects Completed in Denton Since their Courthouse Restoration

93

Counties Received Courthouse Grants

$271 million

Courthouse Grant Funding Awarded Since 1999

$224 million

County Matching Funds Toward Courthouse Preservation

$69 billion

Direct Travel Spending in Texas

over 100,000 people

Visit the Harrison County Courthouse During the Wonderland of Lights in Marshall

More than 240

Historic county courthouses in Texas

67

Counties have received full restoration funding through the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program

10,656

Jobs created through the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program

Texas Main Street

35,450

Overall number of jobs created in Main Street districts

408

Small businesses created in Texas Main Street districts during 2016

$3.4 billion

Reinvestment in designated Main Street communities since 1981

87

Designated communities in the Texas Main Street Program

downtowntx.org

A new historic property listing database for investors

113,810

Volunteer hours devoted to local Main Street programs during 2016

1,979 and 316,381

Smallest (Linden, pop. 1,979) and largest (Corpus Christi, pop. 316,381) Texas Main Street cities

1,911

Jobs created by small businesses in Texas Main Street districts in 2016

1,423,419

Number of volunteer hours dedicated to local Main Street programs since 2001, valued at more than $35 million

July 31

Deadline for applying to become a 2018 Texas Main Street community

25

Years of Main Street designation for Bay City, Beaumont and Mount Vernon in 2017

TSI

Town Square Initiative, a new venture in affiliation with Main Street

2

New Main Street communities for 2017: Buda and Linden

Texas Preservation Trust Fund

$530,000

Awarded to 23 grant projects for FY 2015

Texas Treasure Business Award

1845

Oldest pharmacy awarded: Reuss Pharmacy in Cuero

1841

Oldest business awarded: Gibbs Brothers and Co., Huntsville

395

Businesses have received the Texas Treasure Business Award since 2005.

THC State Historic Sites

22,000

The number of gallons of molasses produced by Patton in 1850 at the Varner-Hogg Plantation

8

The number of sides of the dance pavilion at Confederate Reunion Grounds

0

The number of building foundations at the Magoffin Home

June 24, 1807

The date that explorer Zebulon Pike camped near Caddo Mounds State Historic Site

3

The number of camel expeditions passing through Fort Lancaster

1821

The year in which Stephen F. Austin, during his first trip to Texas, camped at Caddo Mounds State Historic Site

4

The average number of oil derricks per acre during the height of oil production at the Varner-Hogg Plantation

8

The number of sets of china that Sam Rayburn owned and used at his home in Bonham

50,000

The number of acres of land owned by Jose Antonio Navarro in the San Antonio area

313,088

The number of people who participated in THC Historic Sites programs in FY 2014

1833

The year that Jose Antonio Navarro registered his cattle brand

645

The number of hand-painted tiles in the "Laredito" mural at Casa Navarro by San Antonio artist Jesse Trevino

1913

The year in which Fannin Battleground was acquired by the state, making it one of the four oldest state historic sites in Texas

4

The number of years Jose Antonio Navarro spent as a prisoner of Santa Anna in Mexico

17

The number of amazingly talented and dedicated Site Managers in the Historic Sites Division

78%

The increase in THC Historic Sites visitation from FY 2008 to FY 2014

7

The number of "Lazy Boys" that became the Pleiades constellation in the Caddo myth

53,365

The number of volunteer hours contributed at THC Historic Sites in FY 2014

26

The number of kilowatt hours provided to the City of Castroville by J.T. Lawler's hydroelectric plant at the Landmark Inn in 1927

151,113

Visits to THC Historic Sites websites in FY 2014

800

The number of loaves of bread produced by the bakery at Fort Griffin each day when the Fort was in active service by the U.S. Army

1853

Date of the coin found under the pier of the main house at Levi Jordan Plantation

16,000

The number of gallons of water the basement cistern at Fulton Mansion held

85,554

The number of historic artifacts in the Historic Sites collection

45 Feet

The depth of the well at Fort Griffin that has never run dry

1911

The year that the 32nd Legislature appropriated funds to erect a monument over Elizabeth Crockett's grave at Acton State Historic Site

March 29, 1836

The date of the burning of San Felipe de Austin during the Runaway Scrape

1189

The number of hand hewn shingles on the roof of the Monod Kitchen, the smallest building at Landmark Inn

33

The number of longhorn cattle at Fort Griffin that are part of the Official State of Texas Longhorn Herd

1,000,000

The number of pounds of corn meal produced at the Gristmill at Landmark Inn in 1880

December 7, 1941

The date that the Officer's Quarters at Fort McKavett was burned

Tribal Consultation Guidelines

3

Federally recognized tribes located in the State of Texas

27

Tribes that have historic ties to Texas