National Historic Trail Signs Installed
                                                 by Jay Ermis
                                    Temple Daily Telegram - February 13, 2013

Milam County was Texas’ first county to receive National Park Service signs in marking part of the historic 2,500-mile El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail from Mexico to Louisiana.

Milam County became the first Texas county to install the El Camino Real National Park Service signs Tuesday morning when six were placed by County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jeff Muegge and his crew on County Road 440 between Rockdale and Thorndale, and County Roads 443 and 429.

Sixteen signs are scheduled to be placed in Milam County and three in Cameron in addition to signs to be installed by the Texas Department of Transportation.

Joy Graham, vice president of the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Trail Association, said the area around CR 440 “is part of the 1691 trail.”

Outgoing U.S. Sen., Kay Bailey Hutchison unveiled the first National Park Service signs on the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail during a ceremony attended by 600 people in October at Apache Pass on Farm-to-Market Road 908 in Milam County.
El Camino Real signs - Joy Graham
El Camino Real National Historic Trail signs are going up soon in Milam County.

How do they know where to place them? Like this.
Joy Graham (R), local historian and trail association vice-president, confers with Bob Brinkman, head of the historical marker program at the Texas Historical Commission and Precinct 4 employee Cindy Galbreath in a Milam field.

Milam County will be the first county  along the historic trail, which stretches from Louisiana to the Rio Grande, to receive signs.
Rockdale Reporter - 2013-02-07

Milam County Historical Commission - Milam County, TX
Statue of Ben Milam at Milam County, TX Courthouse
Old Junior High School Building, Rockdale, TX
Milam County Courthouse - Cameron, TX
Preserve America
Milam County Historical Commission
Milam County, Texas
LOVE-FEST - It was all about honoring courthouse restoration last Wednesday when representatives of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Texas Historical Commission and the Milam County Historical Commission gathered at the Milam County Courthouse. Stan Graves, architecture division director of the Texas Historical Commission - and a Sharp native and Rockdale High School graduate - has led the courthouse restoration program in Texas. Front row (L-R) Graves, Dr. Lucile Estell, Dolores Mode, Sharon Fleming; second row, Johnnielyn Brown (Milam County Historical Commission chair), Mary Phillips, Pam Troutman, Ginger Watkins, Charlie Watson, County Judge Dave Barkemeyer; back row, Jack Brooks, Beth Brooks, Margia Barkemeyer, Carol Simank, Pat Watson.

Photo courtesy Dr. Lucile Estell / Rockdale Reporter
MAKING HISTORY - Texas’ first signs denoting the site of the El Camino Real de los Tejas National Trail went up last week, including this one on County Road 440 near Thorndale. Precinct 4 personnel working on the signs included Jeremy Hoskins (in bucket) and (standing L-R) Billy Felfe, Kelvin Kroeger, Russell Niemtschk and Commissioner Jeff Muegge

Photo courtesy Joy Graham / Rockdale Reporter
Owen Rachel Graves named Member Ereritus of MCHC

Owen Rachel Graves of Sharp (second from left) was recently named a member
emeritus of the Milam County Historical Commission.

The honor included a plaque presentation by the commission’s chair Geri Burnett. Also on hand during the presentation were Graves’ sons John Graves of Sharp and Stan Graves of Austin.

Rockdale Reporter - December 27, 2012

The Milam County Historical Commission picked a historical setting for its June session, the restored Conoley Church south of Thorndale.

At left, Johnnielyn Brown, president of the MCHC, led the business session as MCHC members listened in the pews. Several descendants of church namesake Rev. Malcolm Campbell Conoley attended.

See Joy Graham’s editorial page column.

Rockdale Reporter - June 20, 2013