Wilson Ledbetter Park to dedicate Historical Marker

The Texas Historical Commission has awarded Wilson Ledbetter Park in Cameron an Official Texas Historical Marker. A dedication ceremony will be held Sept. 17 at 10 a.m.

The Texas Historical Commission has recognized the Wilson Ledbetter Park as a significant part of Texas history by awarding it an Official Texas Historical Marker. The designation honors Wilson Ledbetter Park as an important and educational part of local history.

A dedication ceremony to commemorate the event will be held on Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. at Wilson Ledbetter Park.  

Speakers for the afternoon will include Mayor Connie Anderle and Jackie Thornton. The Milam County Historical Commission, the City of Cameron and the Cameron History Club welcomes the public to share in and witness this historical event.

“The Official Texas Historical Marker program helps bring attention to community treasures and the importance of their preservation,” Mark Wolfe, executive director of the THC, said. “Awareness and education are among the best ways to guarantee the preservation of our state’s history.  This designation is a tool that will increase public awareness of important cultural resources.” 

A subject qualifies for a marker if two basic criteria are met: historical significance and age. Historical significance is established by reviewing its role and importance in local history, and the age requirement depends on the topic.  

The THC’s Official Texas Marker Policies are outlined in the Official Texas Historical Marker Procedures, which may be obtained by contacting the History Programs Division, Texas Historical Commission, at (512) 463-5853 or visiting the website at www.thc.state.tx.us.

 “It is vital that as we move forward, we do not forget our past,” Milam County Historical Commission Chair Geri Burnett said. “Not only will the Texas Historical Marker provide awareness in the community of our fascinating history, but it will become a building block for the promotion of local tourism.” 

There are three types of Texas Historical Markers. Subject markers are posted solely for public education awareness and awarded more frequently than the Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, which is a legal designation for historic structures and comes with a measure of protection.  Unlike subject markers, the RTHL must also meet a third criterion--architectural integrity. Historic Texas Cemetery (HTC) markers identify cemeteries which have obtained the HTC designation and whose histories have been researched in detail.

Texas has the largest marker program in the United States with approximately 15,000 markers.  Seventeen states have used the Texas program as a model; the THC reviews more than 300 marker applications each year.  

The Texas Historical Commission is the state agency for historic preservation.  The agency administers a variety of programs to preserve the archeological, historical and cultural resources of Texas.