Milam County to get first signs along historic trail

Joy Graham

History is happening right before our eyes. Aaron Mahr with the National Park Service in Santa Fe, New Mexico made an announcement in Bastrop Friday about Milam County’s El Camino Real signage.

He said Milam is the f irst county in Texas and Louisiana to receive the NPS signs for the trail.

Steve Burns and Kristin Van Fleet of NPS presented the plan to install signs.

This area of Texas was highly significant to the history of this state.

Six areas of high significance in Milam are certified and now our area of the state will be marked so citizens of the state can learn of our past history with respect to the history of this great state.

Attending the two meetings held in Bastrop were: County Judge David Barkemeyer, Pct. 4 Commissioner Jeff Muegge, Pct 1 Commission George Tomek, Milam County Historical Commission members. Geri Burnet, MCHC chair and Dolores Sonntag were present along with Deedra Jacob, president of the Rockdale Chamber of Commerce. Gathering technical information regarding identification of historic properties was not new to Milam County.

The county has been involved in the Certified Local Government since 2006, when a committee was named to apply for CLG recognition.

Milam County was recognized as a “Certified Local Government” in 2007 by the Texas Historical Commission and the National Parks Service.

Milam County CLG Survey listed six areas of High Significance, the three 18th century Spanish missions, the presidio and Apache Pass area in western Milam Count y and Sugarloaf Mountain in the east.

More recently, when TxDOT inspected Worley Bridge on CR 428, the bridge was condemned and closed to traffic.

Information from Milam County’s CLG Study approved by the National Parks Service was pulled from the CLG Survey and sent to TxDOT through the Milam County Commissioners Court.

TxDOT reviewed this information. The projected time has been reduced from five to approximately two years to restore the bridge.

Milam County’s CLG Survey is being used for its intended purpose, to document, preserve and protect its historic properties and sites.

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