Running along the west bank of the Brazos River, Rotan Drive developed in 1914 as a major new access to William Cameron Park. Beautification of land fronting prominent waterways was a major emphasis of the City Beautiful Movement. The creation of William Cameron Park in 1910 led to plans for a scenic roadway to link the park to Waco's downtown business and residential districts. A series of low water dams along the Brazos were also planned for navigation and a public waterfront. The new road, also known as Riverside Drive, was planned as a grand boulevard.
In 1913 W. R. Orman donated to the City of Waco a 590-foot strop of land bordering the Washington Street Bridge. Kate S. M. Rotan then spent a year acquiring additional land and donating it to the city. Rotan inspired other prominent women to raise money and lobby for the cause. After the donations, the City of Waco condemned three remaining lots to created a connected property for Washington Street to William Cameron Park. Road construction began in April 1914, and citizens began to take full advantage by driving and walking along completed sections. After almost a year of construction,
Erected 2011 by Texas Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Parks & Recreational Areas • Roads & Vehicles • Women. A significant historical year for this entry is 1914.
Location. 31° 33.734′ N, 97° 7.846′ W. Marker is in Waco, Texas, in McLennan County. Marker is on North University Parks Drive, 0.2 miles north of Washington Avenue, on the right when traveling north. The marker stands just across the bridge over the drainage area from the Vietnam Memorial and near the Eagle statue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Washington Ave, Waco TX 76701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jacob de Cordova (approx. 0.2 miles away); Waco Suspension Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named The Waco Suspension Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away); Waco Spring (approx. ¼ mile away); a different marker also named The Waco Suspension Bridge (approx. ¼ mile away); Going Up The Chisholm Trail (approx. ¼ mile away); Gerald-Harris Shooting (approx. 0.3 miles away); Brann-Davis Shootings (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waco.
Also see . . .
1. Kate Sturm McCall Rotan. Short article on Kate S. M. Rotan, mentioned on the marker (Submitted on April 22, 2021, by Kevin Hoch of Waco, Texas.)
2. Brazos Past: Waco's Rotan 'mother' of Texas women's clubs. A Waco Tribune article on Kate Rotan (Submitted on April 22, 2021, by Kevin Hoch of Waco, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 25, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 22, 2021, by Kevin Hoch of Waco, Texas. This page has been viewed 79 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 22, 2021, by Kevin Hoch of Waco, Texas. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.