Historical Commission meets Tuesday to welcome new member Bencomo

FORT DAVIS – The Jeff Davis County Historical Commission will meet at 1:00 pm on Tuesday, June 11, in the administrative conference room at Fort Davis National Historic Site to welcome prospective member, Jimmy Bencomo of Fort Davis. The Commission is a branch of county government and its purpose is to further the preservation of the county’s historic structures and other historic resources.

Current members of the Commission are Mary Williams, chair; Lonn Taylor, vice chair; Jerry Dumas; Elaine Harmon; Ramon Olivas; Gregory Meads; Roxa Robison; Jan VanEaman; George Grubb; Jill Miller; and Bill Thompson. Dan Vasquez serves as an advisory member. Members are appointed by the County Commissioners Court.

The agenda for Tuesday’s meeting will include a discussion of the preliminary report made by Anthony Crosby, the preservation architect retained by the county to evaluate the condition of the Union Mercantile building and the two unoccupied historic buildings owned by the county on Front Street, the Masonic Hall and the Scobee Dobe; the Commission’s research plans for Texas Historic Landmark marker applications for the Scobee Dobe and the Masonic Hall; and plans for the dedication of a wayside marker about the history of the Fort Davis neighborhood known as Chihuahuita over the July 4 weekend.

The Jeff Davis County Historical Commission meets the second Tuesday of each month. All meetings are open to the public.