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The Texas Centennial

The Exposition

to memorial museums, community centers, restorations of historical structures, park improvements,  statues of  important Texans, historical markers, grave markers & highway markers

Feature Stories

List created by Sarah Reveley

1936 Texqa Centennial Celebrations Brochure cover
Monuments Commemorating the Centenary of Texa Independence book cover
Texas Centennial Celebration brochure & book cover.
Courtesy Sarah Reveley

Introduction by Sarah Reveley

Most of us are familiar with those big granite markers with the bronze Texas star, but have no idea what a phenomenal project they represent.

Back in 1936 the State of Texas decided to hold a Centennial celebration, and like everything else Texas does, it was the biggest and best celebration of a Centennial the world has ever seen. 

The Exposition was held in Dallas, but the celebration itself involved another exposition in Fort Worth, and statewide celebrations including construction of  9 memorial museums, 5 community centers, 16 restorations of historical structures, 2 park improvements, 20 statues of  important Texans, and over 1,000 historical markers, grave markers, and highway markers.
Almost all of these items are still around, and thanks to recent acquisition of the 1938 book produced by the State of Texas, "Monuments Commemorating the Centenary of Texas Independence" we will be bringing the Centennial back to you. Our project will include maps with historical trails so you can celebrate the Centennial yourself.

1936 Dallas Exposition Centennial Brochure
Sarah Reveley , March 09, 2009

1936 Texas  Centennial  Exposition  in Dallas aerial photo
The 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition in Dallas - aerial photo
Click on image to enlarge

Courtesy Sarah Reveley

Legend for aerial photo 1936 Texas  Centennial  Exposition  in Dallas
Legend for aerial photo
Courtesy Sarah Reveley

Dallas TX Centennial Exposition Buildings and grounds
Postcard courtesy Sarah Reveley
Texas Centennial Exposition Buildings and Grounds
See Dallas Fair Park - National Historic Landmark

Jim Earl as junior Ranger TX centennial postcard
Jim Earl as junior Ranger
Postcard courtesy Sarah Reveley

Texas centennial celebation monuments & markers
Collage of photos courtesy Sarah Reveley

1. Exposition Buildings

The 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition in Dallas &
State of Texas Building - Dallas

Fair Park Auditorium (Music Hall)
Will Rogers Memorial Tower, Coliseum, & Auditorium - Ft Worth
Casa Mañana - Ft Worth

2. Memorial Museums

Alamo Museum - San Antonio
Big Bend Historical Museum - Alpine
Corpus Christi Memorial Museum - Corpus Christi
El Paso Centennial Museum - El Paso
Gonzales Memorial Museum - Gonzales
Panhandle Plains Historical Museum - Canyon
Sam Houston Memorial Museum - Huntsville
Texas Memorial Museum - Austin
West Texas Museum - Lubbock

3. Community Centers

David Crockett Memorial Building - Crockett
James Smith Memorial Building - Tyler
Memorial Auditorium & Stadium - Goliad State Park
Sunken Garden Amphitheatre - San Antonio
Texas Pioneers - Trail Drivers - Rangers Museum - San Antonio

4. Restorations

The Alamo - San Antonio
Camp Colorado - Coleman
Charles DeMorse Home - Clarksville
Collin McKinney home - McKinney
Fair Park Esplanade
Finis C. Wills Cabin - Wills Point
Fort Belknap - Newcastle
Fort Concho - San Angelo
Fort Graham - Fort Graham State Park, Hill County
Fort Inglish - Bonham
Fort Parker (no photos)- Limestone County
Fort Richardson - Jacksboro
Mirabeau B. Lamar home - Paris
Old Stone Fort - Nacogdoches
Real Presidio de San Saba - Menard
Sam Houston Steamboat House - Huntsville
San Jose Mission - San Antonio
Vereins Kirche - Fredericksburg

5. Park Improvements

Fannin State Park - Goliad
Washington Park - Brenham

6. Statues
Stephen F. Austin - San Felipe State Park
Founders Statue - Fair Park, Dallas
S Sherman - Galveston
R Ellis - Waxahachie
J P Henderson - San Augustine
R Baylor - Waco
Ben Milam - Cameron
Ben Milam - San Antonio
J A Navarro - Corsicana
Anson Jones - Anson
M B Lamar - Richmond, Fort Bend County
Henry Smith - Brazoria
James Bowie - Texarkana
J Bonham - Bonham
T Rusk - Henderson
P Bell - Belton
Dick Dowling - Sabine Pass
George Campbell Childress - Washington State Park
D G Burnet - Clarksville
M Austin - San Antonio
J Meusebach - Fredericksburg

7. Monuments

  • Site of First Shot of Texas Revolution, Cost - near Gonzales
  • San Jacinto - San Jacinto State Park, Houston
    Cenotaph - San Antonio
    J W Fannin's men - Goliad State Park, Goliad
    James Gillaspie - Huntsville
    Laredo - Laredo
    Mier Expedition & Dawson's men - La Grange
    Mr & Mrs Isaac VanZandt - Canton
    The Pioneer Women - Denton
    Amon B King's Men - Refugio
    Mackinzie Trail - Plainview
    New Braunfels - New Braunfels
    Victoria County - Victoria
    Fort Griffin - Fort Griffin State Park - 50 Miles NE of Abilene
    Spanish Fort - Spanish Fort
    Presidio del Norte - Presidio
    Juan de Padilla - Amarillo
    Erath Memorial Arch - Stephenville
    El Camino Real - Normangee
    La Salle - Indianola - near Port Lavaca
    David Crockett - Ozona
    Henry Clay Smith, Crosbyton

    Granite slabs with bronze plaque (15):

    F Neri - Bastrop
    Constitutional Convention - Washington State Park
    Burnet County pioneers - Burnet
    Shelby County - Shelby
    Cameron County - Brownsville
    Jasper County - Jasper
    Colorado County - Columbus
    Sabine County - Hemphill
    Crosby County - Crosbyton
    Jackson County - Edna
    De Witt County - Cuero
    Matagorda County - Bay City
    Liberty County - Liberty
    Marion County - Jefferson
    San Patricio de Hibernia - San Patricio

    Granite monuments with plaque (9):

    Missions - Zilker Park, Austin
    Fight with Urrea's Army - Banquette, Nueces County
    Pilgrim Church - Elkhart
    Sons of San Patricio at Goliad - San Patricio
    McMahan's Chapel - Geneva, near San Augustine
    Scottsville - Scottsville, Harrison County
    Missions - near San Marcos
    Mission Refugio - Refugio
    R J Rivers - Georgetown

    8. Historical Markers (500) – Partial List:

    Acton - Crockett home
    Alabama, Site of
    Apaches Last Stand - "In This Vicinity"
    Battle of Adobe Walls
    Battle of Medina
    Battle of the Salado
    Belle Plain
    Ben Ficklin
    Benjamin Beason's Crossing
    (Big Foot) William Alexander A. Wallace
    Boot Hill Cemetery
    Brownsville Home of Charles Stillman
    Brushy Mound
    Burnam’s Ferry
    Camp Elizabeth
    Camp San Saba
    Camp Verde (Site of)
    Camp Wood (Site of)
    Captain Andrew Jackson Berry
    Captain Richard Andrews - Siege of Bexar
    Christ Church
    Clayton - Church Bethel
    College Mound United Methodist Church
    Coughlin's Stage Stand
    Deaf Smith
    Doan's Crossing on Red River
    Dove Creek Battlefield
    Fanthorp Inn
    Farwell 10-30-17
    Fort Chadbourne 4-30-20
    Fort Colorado - Site of
    Fort Elliott - Site of
    Fort Gates, Site of
    Fort Lancaster
    Fort Lincoln
    Fort St. Louis
    Fort Stockton, Site of
    Fort Terrett, Site of
    Frio Town
    Gail Borden, Site of Beef Canning Plant
    George W. Littlefield
    Grierson Spring
    Griffin, Site of
    Harkin R. Runnels, Site of Home of
    Henry Fields
    Home of George W. Fulton
    Home of Thomas Jefferson Chambers
    James Power - Live Oak Point
    Lamar (Site of)
    Lange's Mill 8-16-19
    Larissa - Site of Old Larissa College 1-22-20
    Las Rusias
    Loving County
    Neil McLennan
    Mier Expedition
    Milam, East of Lufkin
    Mission Dolores A Visita (Site of)
    Mission Nuestra Senora de la Purisma Conception (Site of)
    Mission Nuestra Senora de la Luz (Site of) 12-5-18
    Mission San Lorenzo de la Santa Cruz (Site of)
    Mission Santa Cruz de San Saba
    Moss Spring Centennial Marker
    Mount Vernon
    Mount Sterling
    Newton County Courthouse (Site of First)
    Old Block House (Site of)
    Peter's Colony - Texian Land and Emigration Company (Site of)
    Pictograph - Concho County
    Pierce - Abel H. Pierce / Shanghai Pierce Ranch
    Pine Springs - Culberson County
    Poblacion de Dolores
    Point Bolivar
    Regulator-Moderator War - The First Battle
    Reagan County Courthouse (Site of First) in Stiles
    Salt War
    Sam Houston Oak near Gonzales
    Steamboat Landing, Milam County
    Sumpter Trinity County first county seat
    Tee Pee City
    Thomas Jefferson Callihan
    Thomas Jefferson Sweeny
    Thornton Skirmish
    Trading Post of Holland Coffee (Site of)
    Wild Rose Pass
    Yoakum - Trail Drive

    Searching for the Pulaski Historical Marker by Barclay Bibson
    Where to start describing how I visited the five foot tall granite 1936 Panola County Centennial Historical Marker for the defunct town site of Pulaski, former seat of Panola County?

    9. Grave Markers (250) – Partial List

    Buried Here - “Warren Wagon Train Massacre” Young County
    Captain William Ware
    Christian Wertzner - Gay Hill
    Francis Wilson - Belgrade
    Henry Mordorff - A San Jacinto Veteran
    Indian Emily
    John Durst
    Rev. Benjamin F. Fry
    William Goyens, Nacogdoches

    Searching for "Buried Here" Marker
    Ignoring Warning Signs by Barclay Gibson
    Searching for the “Buried Here”1936 Texas Centennial marker
    “Warren Wagon Train Massacre”

    10. Highway Markers (250) - Partial List

    Anderson County
    Andrews County
    Angelina County
    Aransas County
    Archer County
    Atascosa County
    Austin County
    Bailey County
    Bandera County
    Bastrop County
    Battle of Adobe Walls
    Baylor County
    Bee County
    Bell County
    Blanco County
    Borden County
    Bosque County
    Bowie County
    Brazos County
    Brewster County
    Buffalo Springs
    Caldwell County
    Callahan County
    Camp Verde, One Mile to Ruins of
    Collingsworth County
    Deaf Smith County
    Fisher County
    Fort Martin Scott
    Garza County
    Goliad County
    Gonzales County - "First Shot of The Texas Revolution"
    Hardeman County
    Jim Hogg County
    Johnson County
    Kent County
    Kimble County
    King County
    Knox County
    Live Oak CountyStanton
    Lubbock County
    Lynch’s Ferry
    Martin County
    Matagorda County
    McLennan County
    McMahan Chapel
    Menard County
    Mitchell County
    Panola County
    Pease River Battlefield
    Roberts County
    Route 66
    Terry County
    Travis County
    Webster Massacre in Leander
    Wheeler County

    Feature Stories

  • So, Just What is a Centennial Marker Anyway by Barclay Gibson 9-1-14
  • Moss Spring
  • The Double Barrel Discount by Barclay Gibson 6-12-12
  • Pictograph marker
  • My Visit to the Pictograph Centennial Marker in Concho County in January 2012 by Barclay Gibson 6-1-12
  • Centennial marker team
  • "I Want to See Your Machete" by Barclay Gibson 5-29-12
  • In-waiting
  • Burnam’s Ferry Centennial Marker - The Story by H.H. Howze 7-20-11

  • Burnham's Ferry Marker In-Waiting 7-20-11
  • San Jacinto
  • San Jacinto Centennial Association and Houston observances during Texas Centennial of 1936 by Mark W. Lambert4-1-11
  • neglected
  • Our Neglected 1936 Texas Centennial by Sarah Reverley 1-28-11

  • Contribute
    If you have photos of  markers or structures or sites dated 1936 to contribute, Please email Sarah Reveley at sarah_reveley@att.net . - Sarah Reveley

    "Barclay Gibson's work on the Texas Centennial has made the project a success. To date he has photographed over 250 markers, buildings, and sites. Many of these would have never been found without his perseverance." - Sarah Reveley, March 11, 2010

    Sarah Reveley's website on Texas Centennial:

    To contribute to the Texas Centennial marker fund, send a check to
    Friends of the Texas Historical Commission
    P.O. Box 13497
    Austin, TX 78711-3497
    Put Centennial Marker Fund on the check somewhere.





































































































































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