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2013-06-20

Who's stealing Bandera's history?

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

A Bandera County historical marker, authorized by the Texas Historical Commission, is no more.

Sometime in the recent past, it was ripped from its pipe base located on FM 470 on the way to Tarpley. At the present, however, the marker is reposing in the local maintenance section of the Texas Department of Transportation on FM 3240, awaiting further developments.

According to TxDOT office manager Dean Ellis, sometime during the week of Monday, June 10, a landowner approached workers with the highway department and gave them the historical marker. The unidentified man said he found the metal marker abandoned on his property.

"The crew brought the marker back to the office and I called the Texas Historical Commission but I haven't heard back from them yet," Ellis said in an interview on Monday, June17.

He attributed the marker's disappearance to vandalism.

Traveling north on FM 470, just off Highway 16 North, the marker was located on the right side of the road, just before Schmidtke Road, which is on the left. Curiously, no one had reported the theft to the Bandera County Sheriff's Office.

The 18-inch by 28-inch metal marker - #5019000904 - was dedicated in 1990 to commemorate the small Amasa Clark family cemetery. Clark was an original Anglo settler of the county.

The historical marker read: "Clark Family Cemetery - Located on the original homestead of Bandera County pioneer Amasa Clark (1825-1927), this small cemetery contains the graves of several generations of the Clark family. The first recorded burial was that of Clark's first wife, Eliza Jane, in 1883. A veteran of the Mexican War and the first permanent settler of Bandera, Amasa Clark operated an orchard and nursery at this site for many years. He lived to age 101. His grave is located here along with those of his first wife, Eliza; his second wife, Lucy; and a number of his nineteen children."

Hopefully, the historical marker will be fully restored to its place of honor in the not-so-distant future.

To report vandalism, call the BCSO at 840-796-3771.

Pictured: Top This sign points the way

Right- which is now being stored in the Texas Department of Transportation's local maintenance section on FM 3240, awaiting further developments.

Bottom- It's a long gone historical marker,