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$50,000 Trust loan to help finance the
development of its Market Square, located
in the city's downtown historic district.
The loan will be used to underwrite
the construction of a permanent 32-stall
shed in Market Square for a regional
farmer's market and for other community
uses. The Market Square project will act
as a catalyst for revitalizing currently underused
buildings and will support the
planned renovation and expansion of the
public library and the YMCA, both of
which face Market Square.
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In Gallup, New Mexico, the Gallup
Downtown Development Group, in cooperation
with the city, and using a
$50,000 National Trust loan, will acquire
and renovate the 1910 Rex Hotel and adjacent
1930 Pepsi Bottling Co. building
for use as a police substation. The Rex
Hotel, prominently located along U.S.
Route 66, is important for its association
with the early automobile-related tourist
trade through the Southwest. The rehabilitation
of the Pepsi building will provide
for the presence of a police substation
in the downtown area of Gallup.
This presence will reduce the numbers of
panhandlers and loiterers who act as a deterrent
to downtown shoppers.
The Trust's most recent financial assistance
to local nonprofit preservation organizations
and to Main Street projects
shows the tremendous diversity in the
field of historic preservation. The projects
listed here show the important ties of
historic buidlings to the larger community-that
the fate of one historic building
can affect an entire city block, an entire
downtown, or an entire city.
For information on the Trust's Preservation
Services Fund or the National Preservation
Loan Fund, write to the Texas/
New Mexico Field Office, National Trust
for Historic Preservation, 500 Main
Street, Suite 606, Fort Worth, TX 76102;
or call (817) 334-2061.
Libby Barker Willis is the Texas/New Mexico
field office coordinator of the National Trust for
Historic Preservation.

TEXAS SESQUICENTENNIAL MONUMENT

"We want to do something permanent
to celebrate the Sesquicentennial," says
Robert Summers, echoing the sentiments
of the many Texans joining in a statewide
effort to raise funds for the Texas Sesquicentennial
Monument.
Summers, the monument sculptor, describes
the scope of the work in a historical
context. "We want to achieve what
was accomplished during the centennial
when the San Jacinto Monument was
constructed near Houston and Fair Park
was built in Dallas."
Entitled Texas Legacy, the monument
will stand on the State Capitol grounds in
Austin as a permanent tribute to the enduring
spirit of the generations of Texans
who settled the state during its first 150
years.
"They were achievers and figures of
great adventure who didn't see any barriers-men
of grand dreams and vision,"
comments Summers, "and we want this
monument to capture that spirit."
As one of the largest cast bronzes in the
United States, the monument will embody
the size and grandeur of Texas as
well. The sculpture is one and one-half
times life size, and it will rest on a massive
base of granite mined at the same
quarry that supplied the granite for the
construction of the Capitol building. The
monument will stand approximately 40
feet long, 20 feet wide and 17 feet hight,
and weigh 20 tons.
The sculpture depicts two cowboys on
horseback herding five Longhorn steers
and a heifer across a section of railroad
track. "It symbolizes the coming of the
railroad to Texas, a major turning point
in our state's economic development,"
Summers explains. "The advent of the
railroad effectively ushered the state into
the mainstream of American business and
commerce."
Before rail shipment of beef to the
major consuming markets in the Northeast,
cattle drives were customary. Often
stretching as far as the eye could see,
these arduous treks consumed months of
a rancher's time. They also subjected the
wranglers and their herds to the hazards of
the trail, with loss of life not an uncommon
occurrence.

"The monument scene dramatizes a
very special moment in Texas history, one
of those watershed events that focuses at

tention on the past and the future at the
same time," Summers concludes.
The project was authorized by the 69th
Texas Legislature with the passage of
House Concurrent Resolution 33. In the
language of the resolution, "The sesquicentennial
year is appropriate for the
placement of a lasting monument within
the Capitol complex in tribute to the
many Texans who, over a century and a
half, have been animated by a common
vision of liberty, peace and prosperity."
The monument has been in the planning
stages for over two years and will
require several additional months to
complete. When finished, it will be transported
across Texas on four large flatbed
trucks.
The project is being funded entirely
through the Texas Historical Foundation
by private donations from individual Texans
and various Texas institutions. An
important part of the Foundation's mission
is to involve more and more people in the
critical job of preserving and promoting
our Texas history and heritage. This will
be a tribute to Texas from Texans, a real
grass-roots effort.
Among the many groups endorsing the
project are the Association of Texas Electric
Cooperatives, the Texas Bankers Association,
the Texas Retailers Association,
the Texas Society of Certified Public
Accountants, the Texas Hospital Association,
the State Bar of Texas, and the
Texas Automobile Dealers Association.
No state or federal funds are being sought.
The names of the project's sponsors,
partrons and donors will be inscribed on
the monument base in perpetual recognition
of their support.
Summers, a native Texan who resides
in Glen Rose, was the state's Bicentennial
Artist in 1976. A lifelong fascination
with the traditions of the Old West is reflected
in his paintings and sculptures.
Two of his sculptures are displayed in the
Texas Ranger Hall of Fame in Waco. A
founding member of the Texas Association
of Professional Artists (TAPA), Summers
holds a gold medal from the Franklin
Mint among his numerous regional
and national awards.
Those interested in the project may

contact the project office at 580 Westlake
Park Boulevard, Suite 1640, Houston,
TX 77079, or phone (713) 493-9005.

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