The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

February 26, 2013

Marker to honor Christopher Columbus Rogers

Staff Reports
Palestine Herald-Press

PALESTINE — Palestine Main Street will join the Anderson County Historical Commission Saturday to dedicate a Texas State Historical Marker to honor Palestine native and former marshal Christopher Columbus Rogers.

The marker dedication ceremony will be at 1:30 p.m. on the south side of the Palestine Visitor Center grounds at 825 W. Spring St.

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 railroad 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,” Palestine Main Street Manager Laura Westgate said.

“Our town history is full of unique and interesting history, and Rogers typified the rough and tumble characteristics of a newly formed railroad town. Mayor (Bob) 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 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.

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,” Odom said. “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 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.