Second Historical Marker Dedicated

Second marker unveiled at Bush home

(Left to right) Pat McDaniel, Chairman of the Midland County Historical Commission; Karen Hood, President of the Midland County Republican Women; Sue Brannon, Chairman of the Midland County Republican Party; and County Judge Mike Bradford look at the new historical marker at the Bush Childhood Home after unvieling it during a ceremony Wednesday afternoon. The marker was paid for years ago by the Midland County Republican Women. photo by Gary Rhodes 09/09/09
By Audrie Palmer
Staff Writer
Published: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 8:56 PM CDT Members of the Midland County Republican Women helped to unveil the second historical marker dedicated by the state's historical commission Wednesday outside of the George W. Bush Childhood Home.

The organization, which helped to purchase the marker, made the dedication at 2 p.m. in front of about 40 people at the 1412. W. Ohio Ave. location. The marker commemorates the Bush family's move to Midland and George H. W. Bush's oil business ventures and tells the story of the family that resided in the home and went on to become presidents, governors and the first lady.

The marker was purchased several years ago when the home was still a private residence, executive director of the home Paul St. Hilaire said. However, it wasn't installed at the time. When St. Hilaire said they learned of the marker late last year, they decided to pick a date to unveil it when everyone could be a part of the celebration.

"It's important to Midland's history as well as the nation's history," he added.

The first marker was donated by the Daughters of the American Revolution and unveiled in August 2008 after it was installed.

The 1,400-square-foot home was purchased in 2001 and renovation processes got under way until it was opened in April 2006 for tours to the public, St. Hilaire said.

The newest marker was given by the Texas Historical Commission; the application process is a long and tedious one, St. Hilaire said, and it would be unlikely for the home to acquire any more in the future.

Currently, the home is the only historical place in Midland marked twice.

"It's very unique for any property to have two historic markers," he said. "This signifies that the home carries some historical and architectural significance."

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