Help the Texas Historical Commission confront marker mayhem

Published 12:44 pm Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Special to The Leader

Texas historical markers, including the 1936 centennial markers placed to celebrate Texas’ first 100 years, play an important role in preserving Texas’ epic history. Unfortunately, these important icons are vulnerable to graffiti, vandals, and theft. Recently a number of markers in the Texas Hill Country were defaced by vandals. Some centennial markers may be permanently damaged.

The destruction or vandalization of state property is a serious crime, and can be prosecuted as a state felony.

If you see that a marker has been damaged, vandalized, or stolen, please report the incident to local law enforcement. You can also send information and photos to the Texas Historical Commission at THC staff can coordinate with local historical commissions and determine the best way to restore the damaged marker.

When a marker is defaced or stolen, costs of replacement or restoration often fall to individual donors. Staff can often repair metal markers, but the restoration of centennial markers can be expensive and complex. The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission is raising money to fund the cost of these restorations. You can donate to the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission at

To learn more about Texas historical markers, visit