The purpose to preserve is to keep the beauty and elegance of style which was created. Allowing for that item to be preserved can let not only current but future generations enjoy the beauty which that item holds.
"Without knowing the past, you are destined to repeat it." We believe that saying is more than just a saying, it is a life lesson. Knowing about the past helps in almost all facets of life.
To tell the world of the greatness of Cameron County, a county which some have said is the most historic of all counties in Texas. Assisting with local and state entities and agencies, the CCHC does just that!
Historical Markers are not just plates of metal and paint, they are portals in time where historically significant events or people which have shaped Cameron County and Texas happened. On any given day, and with a little imagination, one could almost see the events and people come alive at the significant grounds.
Here you will read stories of not just the items that are known, but also those that are not known. Stories that make up the uniqueness of Cameron County.read more
Perhaps there really is more to history than dates! Conventional education often leaves you with more questions than answers. That is where historians come into play. Cameron County has been extremely lucky to have some
of the world's greatest, at least when it comes to local history.
Here you will find stories by some of those great historians. People like Dr. Tony Zavaleta, Norma Rozeff, Steve Hathcock, along with others.
All things have a beginning. The CCHC is no different.
Back in 1953, the Texas State Historical Survey Committee was created by the Texas legislature. Through Texas Local Government Code, Chapter 318, authorizing counties to establish commissions to assist with preservation and education. Within a few short years, that committee expanded to the county level and by 1967, the Cameron County Historical Survey Committee was established.
As years progressed, the State of Texas with its agency dedicated to the history, the Texas Historical Commission (THC) redrafted Chapter 318 of Texas Local Government Code and through the 70th Legislature being signed by Governor Mark White became effective on September 1, 1987.
The Cameron Couty Historical Survey Committee was now called the Cameron County Historical Commission.
It is important to know that the CCHC is not the Texas Historical Commission, we are its partner. Our main duty is to assist the County Judge and County Commissioners, concerning items of historical significance. Other duties include assisting in preservation, education, and promotion of historical items within Cameron County.
Below are the current commissioners for the Historical Commission. Interested in becoming a commissioner or a volunteer, let us know and we will be happy to give you some knowledge.
Remember the CCHC is here for you; whether you are a local or a visitor, we are here to help!
Cameron County, officially the County of Cameron, is the southernmost county in the state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 406,220 Its county seat is Brownsville.
The county was founded in 1848 and is named for Captain Ewen Cameron, a soldier during the Texas Revolution and in the ill-fated Mier Expedition. During the later 19th century and through World War II, Fort Brown was a US Army outpost here, stimulating the development of the city of Brownsville.
Cameron County is part of the Brownsville–Harlingen, TX Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Brownsville–Harlingen–Raymondville, TX Combined Statistical Area, which itself is part of the larger Rio Grande Valley region.