Belmont (Gonzales County)
BELMONT RECEIVES OFFICIAL TEXAS HISTORICAL MARKER
Gonzales, Texas—The Texas Historical Commission (THC) has recognized an early South Texas horse breeder as a significant part of Texas history by awarding an Official Texas Historical Marker. The designation honors William B. Fleming, an important yet little-known figure in local history.
A dedication ceremony to commemorate the monument will be held on May 9, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. just outside scenic Rancho Richey Refuge, which stands one mile south of Belmont on Texas Highway 80. Featured during the morning are ranch owners, County Judge David Bird, County Historical Commission chair Glenda Gordon, government officials, equestrians, and Lockhart songwriter Fletcher Clark presenting his song penned for the occasion, “Ride My Billy Horse.” The Gonzales County Historical Commission welcomes the public to attend and witness this exciting heritage event.
“Knowledge of the past can convey relevance, diversity, integrity, and context to today. Not only will this Texas Historical Marker provide awareness in the immediate neighborhood about this fascinating story, but it will add interest for travelers and visitors,” said landowner and researcher Howie Richey, a co-sponsor of the event.
“The Official Texas Historical Marker program helps bring attention to community treasures and the importance of their preservation,” said Mark Wolfe, executive director of the THC. “Awareness and education are among the best ways to guarantee the preservation of our state’s history. This designation is a tool that will increase public awareness of important cultural resources,” Wolfe said.
Texas has the largest marker program in the United States with more than 16,000 markers. Seventeen states have used the Texas program as a model; the THC reviews more than 200 marker applications each year.