Heritage, Volume 5, Number 3, Autumn 1987 Page: 15
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The State Cemetery in Austin is one of many Texas burial grounds
whose history has been recorded on an official Texas Historical
a commercial building, which had been designated as an
RTHL in 1962, ultimately led to the removal of its marker
and historic designation in 1986 when the completed
changes were determined to have significantly damaged
the architectural integrity of the structure.
Over the years, as RTHL property owners and others
have become aware of the law and have taken advantage
of the technical assistance available from THC staff architects,
more and more of the state's historic structures have
been successfully preserved. For example, the relocation
of the Mentone Community Church, Loving County's only
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, to the Ranching
Heritage Center in Lubbock was prevented in 1984 when
the combination of an early review and opinion by the
THC and strong local community protest prevailed. Notwithstanding
successes such as this, efforts must continue to
increase public awareness of the meaning and significance
of the RTHL designation and of the importance of legislation
designed to protect the state's cultural and
Texas historical marker topics reveal in no small
measure the state's diverse heritage. Church and cemetery
markers are by far the most numerous, ranging from small
rural community congregations to large cathedrals, and
from family graveyards with fewer than ten burials to
community cemeteries containing thousands of tombstones.
Other marker subjects include pioneers, Texas Rangers,
businesses, organizations, cities, counties, archeological
sites, libraries, state officials, geographic formations,
ghost towns, poor farms, newspapers, suffragists, battle
sites, POW camps, sports figures, outlaws, musicians, oil,
railroads, aviation, bridges, roads and trails, and . . . the
list is endless!
The pioneer colonization efforts of men such as Moses
Austin, Green DeWitt, W. S. Peters, and Sterling Clark
Robertson are well known, and have, of course, been
subjects of historical markers. However, lesser known
efforts to settle Texas have also been recounted. A recently
placed marker tells the story of an early twentieth
century real estate scam. The Provident Land Company,
based in Kansas City, Missouri, succeeded in bringing 500
midwesterners to the Colorado County panhandle in 1909
with promises of exceptional farming opportunities. Provident
City, as the settlement was named, lasted only five
years. Immigrants to the area soon realized that the
company's advertising methods were somewhat less than
honest, luring people to the area with photographs of
incredible farm results that were taken elsewhere. All
that remains of the town, which once had several business- ;
es and even an amateur baseball team, is a hotel building
which now serves as headquarters for a ranch.
A sample 18" x 28" subject marker.
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Texas Historical Foundation. Heritage, Volume 5, Number 3, Autumn 1987, periodical, Autumn 1987; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth45439/m1/15/: accessed April 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas Historical Foundation.