Special to the Index
Mineral Wells has offered a way to preserve local historical buildings, people or things that might not otherwise get noted by Texas Historical Commission.
Texas Historical Commission has very strict rules as to what may receive a state of Texas Historical Marker.
The process requires a long application, research, and long time waits before receiving approval and receiving the marker which is more expensive than what can be purchased through sanctioned City Historical Marker program of Mineral Wells.
The first Mineral Wells City Historical Marker was approved for the rock wall that was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the 1930s leading to Old Camp Wolters.
A large portion of this wall is still standing and is located on the east side of the Armory Building facing U.S. Highway 180 East.
The Fort Wolters Gate Committee applied for this marker and was approved.
The marker was dedicated on March 23, 2012. On the marker you will find a condensed version of the history.
In order to apply for a City Historical Marker, you will need to pick up a short application form from the City Clerk’s Office.
When you have completed the form, return it to the office.
A committee of citizens that work with the various historical organizations will go over the application and seek clarifications or approve without revisions in a short period of time.
If approved, guidelines as to size and placement will help you in knowing how much the marker will cost. You may have a historical home or a relative that was instrumental in making Mineral Wells a city of distinction.
If so, why not apply for a City Historical Marker?
This will also help our city when tourists come to town looking for things to see.