The following information has been provided by
Wanda Bobinger, Curator of the Polk County Memorial Museum.
As we are discovering, many Polk County Cemeteries have already been lost.
It is for this reason that the Polk County Historical Commission is providing assistance to
obtain and complete the necessary forms for Historic Texas Cemetery Designation.
They can be reached by calling 936-327-8192.
From the Texas Historical Commission
(1) The cemetery must be at least 50 years old, and (2) deemed worthy of preservation for its historic associations. The very nature of a cemetery being a landmark of a family's or community's presence is considered to validate the criteria of historic assiociations.
The Registration Process
Applicant Sumits applications, attachments and processing fee of $25.00 to THC.
THC Staff Reviews the applications and attachments. THC staff may request additional information. When all of the material is in order, the staff will review the application and, upon approval, the Affidavit of Designation for Cemetery Purposes will be mailed to the applicant.
Applicant Takes the Affidavit of Designation for Cemetery Purposes to the County Clerk for recording. The applicant will secure (a) certified copy/ copies of the recorded document indicating the volume and page number or other recordation references and send it/them to the THC.
Certification: The THC staff will issue the applicant a certificate upon receipt of the certified copy/copies of the recorded Affidavit of Designation for Cemetery Purposes.
Historic Texas Cemetery Policies are codified in Rules of the
For more information contact THC by mail at PO Box 1276, Austin, TX 78711-2276 or by telephone at (512)-463-6100, fax-(512)475-4872, TDD-1-800-735-2989 or online at www.thc.state.tx.us
(copied verbatim from the THC pamphlet)
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