Where Can I Locate Markers Throughout Johnson County?

An updated list and map of our local Historical Markers is coming soon.

What is A Marker Program?
Johnson County Historical Commission works in tandem with the Texas Historical Commission on Marker Applications for Historic Markers and Designations for Johnson County.  Historical markers and designations are tools we use to interpret, promote and protect historic and cultural resources that are worthy of preservation in our County. Through the designation process, properties important to our community can be evaluated using established criteria and, if appropriate, marked for the education and enjoyment of citizens and visitors alike. 

Historic properties can include houses,buildings and structures such as bridges and towers, as well historic landscapes and cemeteries.  Texas is one of the most active and successful historical marker programs in the country. There are four kinds of marker programs,  Recorded Texas Historic Landmark Marker - which gives legal designation for Historic Structures and Buildings for structures over 50 years; The National Register of Historic Places - Nominations and listings in this category have to be historically and architecturally significant and worthy of Historical Preservation;  The State Archeological Landmarks - This is the strongest protective legislation for cultural resources for this state; and the Historic Texas Cemetery Designation - for recognizing the importance of isolated family graveyards and other historical burial grounds.

The current Official Historical Texas Marker Program started back in 1962. It has given us the means for interpreting our local and state history and has encouraged heritage tourism for more than four decades. We have more than 15,000 markers in the state of Texas.
Where Can I Get A Texas State Historical Marker Application?

If you are interested in applying for a Historical Marker, please download the application at the bottom of the page.

If you have questions regarding marker applications,please use our contact us button.  

The Texas Historical Commission accepts applications for historical markers each fall for the following calendar year. The current application period has closed. The next application period is from September 1 through November 15, 2018 for 2019 markers. Applications for 2019 markers will be available for download on the THC site starting in August 2018. Please note that all marker application must be approved and submitted by your county historical commission chair or marker chair.  (817) 556-6970 or dwest@johnsoncountytx.org

Application Requirements

Only complete marker application packets that contain all the required elements can be accepted or processed. Incomplete applications will automatically be rejected. Any individual, group or county historical commission may apply to the THC for an Official Texas Historical Marker. The process begins at the county level.

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Marker and Designation Information
The historical  marker process in Texas begins at the county level.

Adopted by the Texas Historical Commission July 28, 2006

Official Texas Historical Markers are those markers and plaques the Texas Historical Commission (THC) awards,
approves or administers. They include centennial markers the State of Texas awarded in the 1930s; Civil War Centennial markers from the 1960s; and medallions and markers awarded by the THC's predecessor, the Texas State
Historical Survey Committee.

Historical marker application means a current version of the THC's Official Texas Historical Marker Application Form and all required supporting documentation as required in the Application Requirements (see below).

Types of historical markers

A. Subject Markers

Subject markers are educational in nature and reveal aspects of local history that are important to a community or region. These markers honor topics such as church congregations, schools, communities, businesses, events and individuals. Subject markers are placed at sites that have a historical association with the topic, but no legal restriction is placed on the use of the property or site, although the THC must be notified if the marker is ever to be relocated.


Age: Most topics marked with subject markers must date back at least 50 years, although historic events may be marked after 30 years, and individuals may be marked, or may be mentioned in a historical marker text,
after they have been deceased for 10 years. The THC may waive the age requirements for topics of overwhelming state or national importance, although these exceptions are rarely granted and the burden of proof for all claims and
documentation is the responsibility of the author of the narrative history.Historical significance: A topic is considered to have historical significance if it had influence, effect or impact on the course of history or cultural development; age alone does not determine significance. Topics do not necessarily have to be of statewide or national significance;
many historical markers deal with local history and a local level of significance. Age alone is not sufficient for marker eligibility.

B.  Recorded Texas Historic Landmark Markers

Definition: Recorded Texas Historic Landmark (RTHL) markers are awarded to structures deemed worthy of preservation for their historical associations and architectural significance. RTHL is a legal designation and comes with a measure of protection; it is the highest honor the state can bestow on a historic structure, and the designation is required for this type of marker. The RTHL designation becomes effective upon approval by the THC. Official Texas Historical Markers signify the RTHL designation; designation comes only through application to and approval by the THC and must include public display of an Official Texas Historical Marker. Owners of RTHL-designated structures must give the THC 60 days written notice before any alterations are made to the exterior of the structure. RTHL status is a permanent designation and is not to be removed from the property in the event of a transfer of ownership. Only the THC can remove the designation or recall the marker. The marker must remain with the structure and may not be removed or displayed elsewhere until or unless the THC gives express approval in writing for such action. Once designated as RTHL, properties are subject to provisions of Texas Government Code, Section 442.006(f).


Age: Structures eligible for the Recorded Texas Historic Landmark designation and marker must be at least 50 years
old.Historical significance: Architectural significance alone is not enough to qualify a structure for the Recorded Texas
Historic Landmark designation. It must have an equally significant historical association, and that association can come through an event that occurred at the site, through individuals who owned or lived on the property, or, in the
case of bridges, industrial plants, schoolhouses, and other non-residential properties, through documented significance to the larger community.Architectural significance: Structures deemed architecturally significant are outstanding examples of architectural history, either through design, materials, structural type or construction
methods. In all cases, eligible architectural properties must display integrity, i.e., the structure should be in a good state of repair, maintain its appearance from its period of significance and be considered an exemplary model
of preservation. Architectural significance is often best determined by the relevance of the property to broader contexts, including geography. Any changes over the years should be compatible with original design and reflect compliance with accepted preservation practices, e.g., the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation.Good state of repair: Structures not considered by the THC to be in a good state of repair — i.e. restored — are not eligible for RTHL designation. The THC reserves the sole right to make that determination relative to eligibility for RTHL markers.

Special considerations for RTHL marker applications: If a structure is individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) under either Criterion A or B and Criterion C (architecture), the historical text compiled as part of the National Register process may be submitted as part of the marker process, provided it includes the required
reference notes and other documentation. Acceptance of the National Register information for the purposes of the marker process will be the sole determination of the THC. Listing in the NRHP does not guarantee approval for
an RTHL marker.

C.  Historic Texas Cemetery Markers

Definition:Historic Texas Cemetery (HTC) markers are only for burial grounds previously approved for HTC designation. These markers recognize the historical significance of a cemetery and, with the use of interpretive plaques, provide background on associated communities, families, events and customs. HTC markers
must be placed at the cemetery, but since cemeteries are protected under other existing laws, they convey no restrictions on the property.


HTC designation: All steps of the HTC designation process must be completed by the time of application for the HTC
marker.Historical/cultural significance: Completion of the HTC designation does not ensure approval for an HTC marker; it is only a prerequisite. The application for an HTC marker with an interpretive plaque must include the same
type of detailed history required for other markers. In addition to the context, overview and significance sections, it must also include a section that provides a detailed physical description of the site that includes mention of the cemetery setting, and descriptions of significant landscape features or noteworthy burial markers and funereal practices.

Special considerations for HTC markers:

HT medallions can be ordered separately, but only for placement with a previously awarded THC subject marker or other plaque that provides interpretation for the cemetery. NOTE: Under current rules, cemeteries are no longer eligible for subject markers.HTC medallions and interpretive plaques (including name and date plaques) must be displayed together. If you are considering a historical marker, click on the link below to answer any question you may have on  historic marker or  historic designation applications.

More questions, click here  

Download Marker-research-guide.pdf
Johnson County Historical Plaques

For information contact:

Chairman of Johnson County Plaque Project


Download application-for-johnson-county-historical-commission-plaque.pdf

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