Welcome to the Cameron County Historical Commission
You have come to the right place if you are looking for your historical commission. The Cameron County Historical Commission (CCHC) is your governmental commission for Cameron County, here to help you with history needs. The CCHC exists to preserve, protect, and promote the historical resources of Cameron County for the education, enjoyment and economic benefit of residents and visitors.
The CCHC, which consists of twelve individuals appointed by the Cameron County Commissioners Court, serves as the County's primary advisory body on historic preservation matters. Its mission is to preserve, protect, and promote the historical resources of Cameron County for the education, enjoyment, and economic benefit of the County's residents.
It is responsible for providing the first level of review for State historical marker requests, and it typically conducts two-to-three special projects per year. Staff support is provided by the County's Planning & Development department.
More than 180 recorded Texas Historic Landmark markers and National Register markers have been placed in Cameron County. The time span from these historic buildings and sites of significant events and cultural milestones stretches from 1771 when Espiritu Santo Ranch (now Rancho Viejo) was established, through the Rogers Massacre in 1846 at the start of the Mexican-American War and the Paso Real Stagecoach ferry crossing to bandit raids in the 1910s and Harlingen Army Airfield. Fort Brown, the Immaculate Conception Cathedral and the Pan Am Blind Flying School are among the architecturally and historically important building that have been recognized.
To learn more and locate markers, click on the Markers icon.
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