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Main Street and Anderson County Historical Commission Honor Christopher Columbus Rogers with Historic Marker

Main Street and Anderson County Historical Commission Honor Christopher Columbus Rogers with Historic Marker

PALESTINE- Palestine Main Street will again join the Anderson County Historical Commission, Saturday, March 2, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. to dedicate a State of Texas Historical Marker on the Visitor Center grounds at 825 W. Spring, which honors Christopher Columbus Rogers.

The official State of Texas Historical Marker for Christopher Columbus Rogers, a former Marshal and colorful Palestine native, will be unveiled on the south side of the historic yellow depot which houses the Visitor Center and Main Street offices.

Christopher Columbus Rogers was born in Anderson County and served as Palestine’s Marshal during the beginning years of the railroad boom. From 1874 to 1888, Rogers was the face of law and patrolled all of the Downtown, Old Town and Rail Road yards. Controversy and scandal swirled around Rogers until his death in 1888.

“When the historical commission approached Main Street for assistance in locating the Christopher Rogers marker within the district, we were honored,” stated Laura Westgate, Main Street manager. “Our town history is full of unique and interesting history, and Rogers typified the rough and tumble characteristics of a newly formed Rail Road Town. Mayor Herrington has been reading old, hand-written city council minutes and has lots of great stories to share on Rogers. He was a really unique character.”

The Anderson County Historical Commission members spend countless volunteer hours researching, documenting and preparing the marker applications. Jimmy Odom, with the Anderson County Historical Commission, led the research necessary to get a marker approved by the State of Texas.

Mr. Odom spent many hours getting to know Rogers and his life. “Rogers appeared to have a drive to protect and care for his surroundings. When the railroad came to town, bringing the cowboys and others to town, he worked to stop all their meanness,” shared Odom, “Rogers never lost an election as city marshal, that speaks a lot about him as a man and law enforcement professional.”

The program will begin at 1:30 p.m. with an invocation by former Anderson County Judge Carey McKinney. The public is invited to attend this FREE event.

Light refreshments will be hosted by the Palestine Visitor Center after the ceremony.

For more information contact the Anderson County Historical Commission at (903) 723-3065 or the Palestine Main Street department at (903) 723-3014.

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