A familiar landmark will be moved this month as Texas County Memorial Hospital begins their expansion and renovation project.
The monument describing Texas County will be taken down by the TCMH maintenance department. It will be erected by the Texas County Commissioners at the Texas County Justice Center.
TCMH owns the land where the monument is currently located and leased it in 1958 to the State Highway Commission, known today as the Missouri Department of Transportation. The TCMH property was used as a place to locate the descriptive monument and a two-way drive was constructed for the convenience of motorists who wished to examine the sign. The State Historical Society of Missouri created the monument.
MODOT gave up the land lease so the monument could be relocated to other county land.
JE Dunn, the general contractor handling the hospital construction project, plans to use the space where the monument is located to place equipment needed for the project. Ultimately, the space will become part of the TCMH front parking lot.
Wes Murray, chief executive officer at TCMH, expressed his appreciation to MODOT and the Texas County Commissioners for working with the hospital in the removal and relocation of the monument.
“We need to utilize this space for our construction project, but this will also help eliminate some driveway confusion and traffic flow issues,” Murray said.