History continues to happen in Milam County
Joy Graham
Milam County has such a rich history. During the past 20 years commissioners Court developed a Master Plan that included restoring the 1892 Courthouse, involving three county judges and a preservation committee (POP ).

Milam County Historical Commission and the committee worked closely with the county commissioners, Texas Historical Commission, Kim Williams & Associates, contractors, and many county residents to complete the restoration in 2002.

Milam County was the third county in the United States to receive the national Preserve America Award, presented at the 2004 Texas Historical Commission meeting in Fort Worth.

After Congress passed legislation to name El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail in 2004, a partnership between the county and Milam organizations and citizens organized a symposium to announce the trail across the state.

During 2005, a CLG committee surveyed rural Milam County for Certified Local Government status. This survey was the prerequisite for the Milam County Cities and Community map published in 2010.

Milam Count y hosted the fourth Annual Membership Meeting of El Camino Real de los Tejas Trail at Apache Pass last week.

Over 100 people attended the event. Fifteen were elected to the Association’s Board of Directors by all the membership.

Rockdale-area resident Dr. Lucile Estell and Joy Graham were re-elected to the board Dr. Estell will serve as vice-president and Graham as secretary.

Thursday’s annual meeting included speakers, conducting business to elect directors. Three members of Dr. Kathleen K. Gilmore’s family were recognized in Milam County for her dedication and work from 1967 to 2009, and being the “Voice of the Milam County Missions.”

Native American dances were featured with Chief Davis of the Adais Caddo Nation in Louisiana, two Mescalero Apaches, and three Cherokee descendents.

Rob Reed of Cameron narrated a reenactment of the histor y from the late 1500’s, including the legend of the “Lady in Blue”, explorers and missionaries, mission history, early settlers to San Gabriel through four generations of the present owners, the Worley family.

History continues to happen in rural Texas, this week it happened again in Milam County.

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