Just what should be done with relics from the past was a question put to Grayson County Commissioners Tuesday by a member of the community.
Grayson County Historical Commission chair Teddie Salmon told commissioners her organization is considering taking on a project to preserve the county’s mile markers. She explained those are larger markers spaced around the county that marked the distance to the Grayson County Courthouse. The markers were put in place sometime in the early 1900s, she said, when cars were just becoming popular.
“It was first brought to our attention by John Ramsey and we have since learned a lot more about it,” Salmon said of the markers. “The cars would stop and honk their horns to alert any horses and carriages that were in the area.”
Salmon said the concern now is that markers are being forgotten. She explained one is on private property and another is very close to a city street. Salmon then showed the court photos of the ones that have been identified, including one at the corner of Tolbert and Houston and one on Plainview Road. Another, she said, is located on East Street.
“These are not very small markers,” Salmon said. “Some of them are five feet tall and and some of them are four inches thick or more. They are not the little small markers that you see today.”
She said the GCHC thinks the markers ought to be preserved, but they are not sure how or where to do so. Salmon said the organization considered having them moved to the courthouse lawn and putting a smaller maker in their place to tell where they were moved to and why.
Grayson County Judge Bill Magers said he would vote to just leave them where they are. Commissioner Jeff Whitmire appeared to agree with that idea.
Salmon said leaving them be would be an option, except the roads in Grayson County keep expanding and some might be overtaken by that expansion. Commissioner Phyllis James countered that maybe they could move the large markers but leave historical markers in their place.
Magers said the court wasn’t prepared to make any recommendations at the present time and asked that the GCHC bring back additional information about the markers. Salmon said they wanted to just get the word out about the markers so others can help to look for and report them.
Jerrie Whiteley is the criminal justice editor for the Herald Democrat. Contact her at jwhiteley@heralddemocrat or on Twitter @jlwhiteley.