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Texas Historical Markers
Seek out a Texas Historical Marker. Record the coordinates, text, and a picture of the marker.
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URGENT NOTE: Due to a site bug, you should complete the Marker Text field before Saving even if you plan to Save without Submitting.

NOTE: Categorizing an Uncategorized waymark into this category will have the same bug in the Marker Text field as above. Not recommended.
Expanded Description:
This category records the locations of Texas Historical Commission markers. Generally speaking, the markers are black with silver letters and have a Texas Historical Commission medallion at the top, including Historic Texas Cemetery markers. You can review pictures attached to many of the approved waymarks to see the distinctive shape of the markers. 1936 Centennial Markers are also accepted, as well as the 1918 El Camino Real/Old San Antonio Road/King's Highway markers. Historical subjects that are not marked by the State of Texas, while interesting, are generally not accepted.
Instructions for Posting a Texas Historical Markers Waymark:
Please include the following in your post:

- Quality picture of the marker (No need for you or your GPS to be in picture, actually preferred that you're not). This picture is required. The text on the marker should be legible in the picture; ideally the marker should be as big in the photo as possible without cutting off anything. If there's an addendum plate with more info, please try to include it (a second photo is fine).

- Optional but strongly encouraged additional pictures: a panoramic view of the site, a picture of the thing being marked (i.e. the house, the building, the bell, etc). Sometimes something is incised on the border or there's a little plate on the back - closeups of these are very much appreciated; include that text in the photo description.

- The title of the marker (use the "name" field in the waymark submission form for this). Please do not include any other information (city, county, etc.) Be sure to include the entire title (words like "Site of" etc.). Even if the THC uses parentheses in the official name of the marker, please leave the parenthetical part out of the waymark name.

- The marker number (available from the Texas Historic Sites Atlas) - Note that some of the modern markers are missing from the database, and thus have no number. If your unnumbered marker is of the types in this THC file, just put -none-. If the marker is not one of the types in that file, the marker number is required. If there's no number and it's of a type that's not in the THC file, then it's not an official THC marker and does not fit this category (the El Camino Real markers from 1918 are the exception. They are allowed without numbers until further notice).

- The text on the marker. Be sure that the text you put here matches the picture you submit. Do not put text in all capital letters. Include any info in parentheses that was left off of the waymark name. Include the date and any lines like "Recorded Texas Historic Landmark" (not including the medallion or seal). The name of the marker should not be included with the marker text unless there's text before the title. Be careful if you paste text directly from the state database - it may not match the marker! A little HTML formatting is preferred, to separate paragraphs, since the Marker Text box is now using HTML. It's simple, and if you'd like an officer to help, just let us know in the Private Message.

- The lat/long in minute decimal format WGS-84 datum of the marker (N37 13.432 W083 56.913 for example). These coordinates should have been taken by you with a GPS receiver.

MISSING MARKER POLICY: Just because there's a listing in the Atlas doesn't mean a marker was ever placed. If a marker obviously existed but is missing, you can still waymark it. The required photos should be of the evidence of the past existence of a marker. This evidence might include a post with part of the bottom of a marker still attached (example) or the outline on a wall where a medallion and plate was mounted.

NOTE: With the exception of the picture, most required information is in the Texas Historic Sites Atlas. You are required to actually visit the marker site, take a picture, and either establish or confirm the coordinates (if they were provided in the database). NOTE: If you determine that there are errors in the THC database, please contact the THC. There is a link at that says "please contact us".
Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
Please include a picture in your log. You and your GPS receiver do not need to be in the picture. We encourage additional information about your visit (comments about the surrounding area, how you ended up near the marker, etc.) in the log.
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