Officials gathered Thursday for the dedication of a new marker at First Street Cemetery.

The remains of about 200 people excavated there nearly 10 years ago will be reinterred this spring in Rosemound Cemetery.

The marker describes the discovery and removal of the bones as well as the older history of First Street Cemetery. It was installed last month.

In 2006, when the Waco was preparing to build an annex to the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum to serve as headquarters for Texas Rangers Company F, it hired an archaeologist to look for any evidence of bones in the building’s footprint.

None were found at that time, and work proceeded. But in spring 2007, crews digging a utility line trench discovered a skeleton, and the city was forced to halt the project and seek an agreement with the Texas Historical Commission to remove the rest of the bones in the way of the utility lines.

The massive archaeology project has cost the city of Waco about $2 million.

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