The Texas Legislature created the Commission of Control for Texas Centennial Celebrations in 1935, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Texas’ independence from Mexico. More than three million dollars in state funds were appropriated for “the placing of suitable markers, memorials or buildings at places where historic events occurred…the placing of monuments to early patriots of Texas…the purchasing of suitable tracts of land where necessary for an approved celebration; and the staging of pageants at appropriate places; and an exposition in the recognition of the basic industries and their historical significance in the progress and growth of Texas.” The state placed about 1,100 exposition buildings, memorial museums, statues, and granite and bronze markers and monuments around Texas. The Texas Historical Commission, created in 1953, monitors the 1936 markers and coordinates their repair or relocation when necessary.
Texas Centennial Marker Documents
- Texas Centennial Marker Policies (PDF)
- Restoring Texas Centennial Markers (PDF)
- Texas Centennial Markers Work Plan 2009-2011 (PDF)
Download a Centennial Marker Fund Form (PDF) to submit with a donation to restore Texas Centennial Markers. To learn more about the 1936 Texas Centennial Marker Restoration Project, visit the THC Friends.
All the Centennial markers, monuments and buildings can be found on the Texas Historic Sites Atlas
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