Centennial Celebration brochure & book cover. Courtesy Sarah
Most of us are familiar with those big granite markers with the bronze
Texas star, but have no idea what a phenomenal project they represent.
Back in 1936 the State of Texas decided to hold a Centennial celebration,
and like everything else Texas does, it was the biggest and best celebration
of a Centennial the world has ever seen.
The Exposition was held in Dallas,
but the celebration itself involved another exposition in Fort
Worth, and statewide celebrations including
construction of 9 memorial museums, 5 community centers, 16 restorations
of historical structures, 2 park improvements, 20 statues of important
Texans, and over 1,000 historical markers, grave markers, and highway
Almost all of these items are still around, and thanks to recent acquisition
of the 1938 book produced by the State of Texas, "Monuments Commemorating
the Centenary of Texas Independence" we will be bringing the Centennial
back to you. Our project will include maps with historical trails
so you can celebrate the Centennial yourself.
contribute to the Texas Centennial marker fund, send a check to
Friends of the Texas Historical Commission
P.O. Box 13497
Austin, TX 78711-3497
Put Centennial Marker Fund on the check somewhere.
Double Barrel Discount
by Barclay Gibson 6-12-12
50 years ago the Moss Spring Centennial Marker was easily reached
from the north side of Moss Lake. It was a well known swimming hole
during WWII where airmen training at the local Army Air Field came
on weekends with their wives and girl friends to swim and hike to
the distant Signal Mountain...
Want to See Your Machete" by
was a momentous occasion for me... I was finally going to meet Ruthie
Cade. Literally minutes before, I had been able to find, after a
previous failed attempt, the gray granite Centennial Marker placed
at the grave of Perry Alsbury in a hidden, overgrown area within
earshot of I-10. That marker was the 1,089th marker I have seen
of the 1,136 placed way back in 1936 to memorialize the multi-year
celebration of Texas' Independence from Mexico. Here I was, after
having seen nearly 96% of that total, meeting the one person who
made a lot of that search possible.
for the Pulaski Historical Marker by Barclay
Where to start describing how I visited the five foot tall granite
1936 Panola County Centennial Historical Marker for the defunct
town site of Pulaski, former seat of Panola County?
by Barclay Gibson 10-1-10
the “Buried Here”1936 Texas Centennial marker
“Warren Wagon Train Massacre”