Map in works to promote Milam tourism activities and hot spots
Plans are underway for the production of a Milam County Marketing and Tourism Map, according to Joy Graham, chair of the committee responsible for the map's development and distribution.
The map will by 18 by 24 inches and printed in full color on both sides. One side will emphasize county features, listing historic sites and attractions and other information important for visitors to the area. Highlighting the county side of the map will be the National Historic Trail El Camino Real de los Tejas.
The other side will feature the communities of Milam County, listing annual events such as the Rockdale Fair and the Buckholts Cotton Festival, listing dates and contact numbers.
"Communities participating in map production will have an opportunity to decide which sites and which annual events they want to have listed on the map," Graham said.
This map will be distributed not only within Milam County but copies will also be placed in the 11 visitor centers across the state.
Funding for the map to this date has been acquired from the Milam County Historical Commission, with funds coming from the Commission's Preservation Trust Fund and from a special grant awarded the Certified Local Government Committee by the Texas Historical Commission. Joining them in sponsoring the map are: Rockdale Chamber of Commerce, $2,000: City of Thorndale, $1,000; Thorndale Chamber of Commerce, $100; Gause, $300; and the City of Milano, $ 1,100. Contacts are being made with hotels, restaurants and business that attract tourists.
Apache Pass features a documented river crossing dating back to the 17th century, located adjacent to the mission sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Also included is Rainbow Courts oldest motel in continuous operation in the Southwest.
A steering committee has been appointed for the purpose of planning sites and events to be placed on the map, and includes: Carter Collins, Milano; Tense Tumlinson, Cameron; Geri Burnett, Rockdale; Darlene Tucker, Thorndale; Mary Ann Neely and Darlene Anglen, Gause; and Joy Graham, coordinator of the project.
Anticipated release date for the map is January 2010.
Persons or organizations interested in having information listed on the map should contact Graham immediately by calling 512- 760-5924.