As one of the most visible programs of the Texas Historical Commission (THC), historical markers commemorate diverse topics in Texas history, including: the history and architecture of houses, commercial and public buildings, religious congregations, and military sites; events that changed the course of local and state history; and individuals who have made lasting contributions to our state, community organizations, and businesses.
Historical markers can be found in all 254 Texas counties. Age, significance, and architectural requirements govern the eligibility of topics and sites when applying for either a subject marker, Historic Texas Cemetery marker, or a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark marker.
Most historical markers dedicated simultaneously -- in Thurber (Erath County) in October 1995
New and updated historical marker Google maps!
Check out the thematic historical marker maps through Google. The maps cover African American history, Asian American history, Education in Texas (inlcuding Rosenwald Schools), Hispanic history, World War I, Women's history, and the Texas Revolution. Use these to plan your next road trip.
2021 Approved Marker Topics Announced
This year's 2021 marker applications have been evaluated and chosen. Approved 2021 Marker Topics can be found here.
Refinishing Official Texas Historical Markers
Are you looking for a marker project for your county historical commission (CHC), group, or ogranization? Refinishing faded historical markers is a great way to get out into the community and help preserve the history of your area. THC Marker staff and our fall 2019 interns, Elizabeth Good and Taryn Turner, made this marker for the First Presbyterian Church (Travis Co) look like new!
If you are interested in refinishing markers, please view our written or video instructions on the Refinishing Official Texas Historical Markers page.