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Commissioners Court recognized the Parker County Historical
Commission (PCHC) at Monday’s regular court meeting, for receiving the 2016 Distinguished
Service Award from the Texas Historical Commission.
The award is
presented annually to County Historical Commissions that have achieved ongoing,
well-rounded programs of history and preservation-related projects.
places, and events serve as distinguishing markers for a community, and have
been used successfully to promote significant economic activity and downtown
revitalization,” said PCHC Treasurer Bill Warren. “We appreciate the recognition
from the Texas Historical Commission and Commissioners Court.”
County Judge Mark
Riley said the Parker County Historical Commission stepped up to the plate in
2016, taking on several important projects that benefit the county.
“We are fortunate to
have such a strong local historical commission and that is evident by the
recognition they received from the state,” Riley said. “The PCHC is doing an
excellent job preserving the history and culture of our great county.”
During 2016, the
PCHC presented two Texas Treasurers Awards to family businesses that have been
in operation 50 years or more. Rawlins
Monuments and Texas Butane were last year’s recipients.
The PCHC provided
substantial funding for a preliminary architectural study of a proposed
cultural and arts center on land located immediately West of Chandor
Gardens. The Chandor Gardens Foundation
envisions a lyceum, restaurant, classrooms, and amphitheater for the property.
The PCHC was a
co-sponsor of the Bankhead Highway event held last September. The Bankhead Highway turned 100 years old in
2016. It was the first all-weather
transcontinental highway in the United States stretching from the South lawn of
the White House to San Diego. Parker
County has the longest stretch of the highway still named the Bankhead in Texas. The celebration brought thousands of
visitors, and the evening speakeasies had dozens of people dressed in 1920’s
PCHC helped sponsor an exploratory meeting attended by people from almost all
of the 26 Counties containing a portion of the Bankhead Highway. The purpose of the meeting was to gauge
interest in forming a Texas Pan-Bankhead association.
The PCHC reviewed
several applications for new historical markers throughout the County, all of
which have been approved by the THC.
Residents of Parker
County can become members of the PCHC.
Log onto the Parker County website at https://www.parkercountytx.com/ and
click on the “County Historical Commission Application” to complete the
Visit their Facebook
page or website at http://www.parkerchc.org/
to see unique drone footage of the Courthouse and the Pythian Home and lots of