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Third Site For Travis County Government

 
 
Third Site For Travis County Government Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, September 3, 2007
1. Third Site For Travis County Government Marker
Inscription. Courthouse built here in 1930, 91st year of Travis County, which in early Texas was in municipality of Mina (later Bastrop) or Travis District, named for Wm. B. Travis, commander at the Alamo. Site of present-day Austin was chosen in 1839 (4th year of the Republic of Texas) as location for the capital, and named for the father of Texas. Local county government began immediately, with setting up of militia beats.

Mormon settlers in 1839 built the first jail and also the first gristmill. Congress in January 1840 formally created the county, which by then had 856 people. 5 forts were in operation to guard against Comanche Indians whose raids went on as late as 1863.

Dams in the Colorado River provide industrial power and create fine recreation lakes. State government, University of Texas, Bergstrom Air Force Base, public institutions and private businesses employ working forces from the county population of 237,000.

The county’s 125th anniversary was attained 1964 under the administration of Judge J.H. Watson and Commissioners Robert Barker, Lawson Boothe, N.L. Gault and Arthur Swenson. Historic county emblem was restored and sponsored by County Auditor Weldon’s Horton flag was designed by Mrs. Jessie McIlroy Smith.
 
Erected 1965 by the State Historical Survey Committee
Travis County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, September 3, 2007
2. Travis County Courthouse
. (Marker Number 6426.)
 
Location. 30° 16.398′ N, 97° 44.691′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker is at the intersection of West 11th Street and Guadalupe Street, on the right when traveling south on West 11th Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Austin TX 78701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Zachary Taylor Fulmore (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Wooldridge Park (about 400 feet away); Central Christian Church (about 500 feet away); Brizendine House (about 500 feet away); Austin's Moonlight Towers (about 600 feet away); 1933 Austin Public Library (about 600 feet away); Hirshfeld Cottage (about 600 feet away); Hirshfeld House (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Austin.
 
Categories. Government
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 598 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on October 7, 2016.
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