Texas Historical Commission

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2014

    Houston's Surviving Landmarks

    The planned demolition of former Wheatley High School in the Fifth Ward started in September was stalled yet again on Monday, this time after a resident sued Houston ISD over concerns about asbestos. Previously, preservationists had fought the district's plans to replace the historically black, 1929 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2014

    The 10 Best Shows In Houston This Weekend: Flamin' Groovies, John Legend, Tom Jones, etc.

    El Dorado Ballroom Dedication El Dorado Ballroom May 2 & 3 (dedication) It seems like Houston has remembered it even has a history only very recently, so it must be making up for lost time now. Less than five years since the Lightnin' Hopkins Texas Historical Marker was erected on the grounds of Pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2013

    Ted Nugent Tells Culture, Recreation and Tourism Committee He Hunts 300 Days Per Year

    Apparently, there is a debate over the practice of hunting deer in captivity in the state of Texas. I grew up with a father who loved the outdoors, so much so he worked as an outdoor writer and broadcaster for many years. While he was more into fishing than hunting, he did like to go out and shoot a ... More >>

  • News

    July 7, 2011

    Valley Divided

    Both sides weigh in on Glenbrook Valley vote

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    Duke/Peacock Records To Get Historical Marker Next Month

    4120 Lyons Ave. today​On the heels of the Lightnin' Hopkins Historical Marker last fall and the news that historic Third Ward jazz/R&B venue the Eldorado Ballroom will dedicate its own later this spring, Rocks Off learned today that the Texas Historical Commission has approved another blues-re ... More >>

  • Music

    March 10, 2011

    Causer of This

    Toro Y Moi's Chazwick Bundick ducks Underneath the Pine on his second LP.

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    Eldorado Ballroom: A Concise History By Dr. Roger Wood

    David Bush/ houstondeco.comThe Eldorado Ballroom in 2006​Rocks Off was pleased as punch to report last week that, thanks to the efforts of the Texas Blues Project's R. Eric Davis and Project Row Houses, which has owned the historic Third Ward venue since 1999, the Eldorado Ballroom will receiv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Eldorado Ballroom To Receive Texas Historical Marker

    Project Row Houses/ houstondeco.orgThe Eldorado Ballroom in the 1940s​A year ago, Third Ward had no music-related official Texas historical markers. Soon, it will have two. Last month, the Texas Historical Commission approved a marker application filed by Project Row Houses for the Eldorado B ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Rick Perry's Cuts: Good for Polluters, Electricity Companies; Bad for Commissions Who Opposed His Wife's Renovation Plans

    Rick Perry, stomping on the Historical Commission​Rick Perry's State of the State speech today made clear that the lamestream media has it all wrong when it comes to the financial health of Texas. "Have the doomsayers forgotten that Texas added more jobs in 2010 than any other state?" he aske ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2010

    Lightnin' Hopkins Finally Gets What's Coming To Him

    This week Rocks Off is counting down our choices for the Top 5 local music stories of 2010. Matthew KeeverR. Eric Davis, Texas Johnny Brown and Milton Hopkins at the Lightnin' Hopkins Historical Marker dedication ceremony, November 13​WHAT HAPPENED? Coming in at No. 5 on our year-end list is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2010

    Lightnin' Hopkins Marker Cast, Ready For Dedication

    ​Good news on the Lightnin' Hopkins historical marker front: It officially exists. R. Eric Davis, who raised the necessary funds and successfully petitioned the Texas Historical Commission to approve the marker, has received the monument to the legendary bluesman who spent the majority of his ... More >>

  • Music

    June 17, 2010

    Road Dogs

    LP on the way, Houston's American Fangs stay sharp through constant touring.

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Lightnin' Hopkins Historical Marker Text Approved

    Andrew Hanson, 1959​The Texas Historical Commission has approved the text that Eric Davis submitted for the historical marker honoring late Houston blues legend Lightnin' Hopkins, and will now send the text to a foundry so the marker can be cast. The commission approved Davis' proposal for the mar ... More >>

  • Music

    February 11, 2010

    Lightnin' Strikes

    The late legendary Houston bluseman finally gets an official historical marker.

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Which Other Local Musical Landmarks Deserve Historical Markers?

    Chris Gray SugarHill Studios​Monday's announcement that the Texas Historical Commission has approved Eric Davis' proposal for an official state historical marker honoring Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins is wonderful news, but it's also only the tip of the iceberg. Plenty of other spots around town, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    It's Really Happening: Lightnin' Hopkins Historical Marker on the Way

    ​ Yes, you read that headline correctly. Today the Texas Historical Commission announced that Eric Davis' petition to honor Houston blues icon Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins with an official state historical marker has been approved. Along with 243 others. Took them long enough. "I am completely thrilled ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    It's Really Happening: Lightnin' Hopkims Historical Marker On The Way

    ​ Yes, you read that headline correctly. Today the Texas Historical Commission announced that Eric Davis' petition to honor Houston blues icon Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins with an official state historical marker has been approved. Along with 243 others. Took them long enough. "I am completely thrille ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    It's The Middle of The Month -- And The Beginning Of Hispanic Heritage Month

    ​Hispanic Heritage Month started yesterday and if you didn't notice, we're betting you do today since the majority of Latinos in U.S. will be celebrating 16 de Septiembre -- Mexican Independence Day.Maybe you missed it because no other month-long celebration begins in the middle of the month. Yes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2009

    Guys With Metal Detectors: Heroes Or Pillagers? And, Um, Should We Care?

    Robbie Morin of Houston is a man with a cause.A cause that maybe not so many people care about, but that doesn't matter to him.Morin wants the world to know that people who use those dish-on-a-stick metal detectors, looking for coins and other treasure on beaches and in parks, are good people, selfl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2008

    Balinese Room Unlikely to Rebuild

    Photos by Brett Koshkin Scott Arnold, the Houston attorney who bought Galveston's Balinese Room in 2001 and watched it get washed into the Gulf of Mexico during the early hours of Hurricane Ike's landfall, has posted an open letter on its Web site that more or less closes the book on the storied se ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2008

    Gatemouth Brown Needs a Gravestone

    Verve Records One of my favorite blues songs of all time is Blind Lemon Jefferson's "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean." Especially these lyrics: Did you ever hear that coffin sound Means another poor boy is under the ground Creepy! Jefferson's song has been covered by many, many people over the y ... More >>

  • News

    August 2, 2007

    Artists' Lofts

    The Elder Street Artist Lofts sold itself as a place for artists to live and work. So where are all the artists?

  • News

    December 30, 2004

    On Shaky Grounds

    HISD got more than it bargained for when it decided to develop the Fourth Ward

  • News

    June 17, 2004

    Strings Attached

    Will Linden move on to become a music mecca or fall beneath the weight of a racist past?

  • News

    April 10, 2003

    Dead Wrong

    Relatives say Hollywood Cemetery sells the same plot over and over, stacks graves and buries people where they don t belong. And then forgets about them.

  • News

    July 25, 2002

    This Old House

    The City of Houston wants to further spiff up the area around Minute Maid Park. The historic Cohn House stands in its way.

  • News

    June 28, 2001

    Born-Again Beauty

    Two years of toil took their toll on the trial lawyers -- but their historic church is finally back in business

  • News

    June 7, 2001

    A River Ran Through It

    A historic Hill Country road brought Texans to the Blanco. Then came John O'Quinn.

  • News

    May 3, 2001

    Bulldozers at the Gate

    Houston fiddles while its architectural and cultural heritage disappears

  • News

    July 6, 2000

    Renovated Out of Existance

    The First Ward never had much in the way of worldly goods. But it had a rich history. Now, even that is disappearing.

  • News

    June 22, 2000

    Putting Up

    Lynda Nichols saved a significant piece of Wharton's square. And it's costing her dearly.

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    February 26, 1998
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    January 1, 1998
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    February 8, 1996

    Semper Fi

    Somebody in Houston actually cares about an old graveyard. He's crazy, of course.

  • News

    March 2, 1995

    All About Elyse

    After years of making Mayor Bob presentable, Houston's First Lady is ready to get serious. Seriously.