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Austin in Travis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Evolution of a Great State

 
 
The Evolution of a Great State Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, September 14, 2021
1. The Evolution of a Great State Marker
Inscription.  

To our forefathers, those stalwart pioneers who blazed a trail through a wilderness in ox carts and covered wagons, to till the soil, develop our great cattle industry and our oil and mineral resources; To the builders of our great cities, and to those who contributed to the advancement of the arts, sciences and culture of Texas this monument is dedicated.
 
Erected 1938 by The Texas Historical and Biographical Record.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 30° 16.466′ N, 97° 44.562′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Marker is on West 12th Street west of Colorado Street, in the median. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Austin TX 78701, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Westgate Tower (within shouting distance of this marker); First United Methodist Church of Austin (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Haynie-Cook House (within shouting distance of this marker); Spanish-American War Memorial
The Evolution of a Great State Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, September 14, 2021
2. The Evolution of a Great State Marker
Wide-angle showing the larger monument in context. This is facing west, with the Capitol of Texas to the rear.
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(about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Terry Rangers Monument (about 400 feet away); Central Christian Church (about 500 feet away); Goodman Building (about 500 feet away); Zachary Taylor Fulmore (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
 
Also see . . .  Hugo Villa on Wikipedia. An article about Hugo Villa, the monument's sculptor. (Submitted on September 15, 2021, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.) 
 
Additional commentary.
1. About the monument's bas-relief scene of Texas on the front.
Citing A Comprehensive Guide to Outdoor Sculpture, 1996, by Carol Morris Little: "This freestanding bas-relief scene represents stages in the development of Texas, from frontier days to the present. The only record at the Austin History Center or the Barker Texas History Center of a publication titled Texas Historical and Biographical Record is a privately published book by Austinite Ernest Emory Bailey. The undated copy is believed to have been published in the late 1930s or early 1940s. It is a genealogical study of historic Texas families. Proceeds from the sale
Looking east, the marker's reverse with the Capitol of Texas visible image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, September 14, 2021
3. Looking east, the marker's reverse with the Capitol of Texas visible
Inscription reads: "This memorial to the builders of the great state of Texas erected A.D. 1938 by The Texas Historical and Biographical Record. Among those who contributed to development of Texas and with grateful appreciation of their achievements the names are hereon inscribed." There are 300+ names listed on the marker.
of this book may have funded Villa's bas-relief monument to the builders of Texas."
    — Submitted September 15, 2021, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.
 
A Texas scene from The Evolution of a Great State Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney, September 18, 2021
4. A Texas scene from The Evolution of a Great State Marker
Newspaper clipping announcing dedication of the marker in 1938 image. Click for full size.
By Richard Denney
5. Newspaper clipping announcing dedication of the marker in 1938
Austin American-Statesman (Austin, Texas), 27 Oct 1938, Thu, Page 3. Click to enlarge.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on September 14, 2021, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. This page has been viewed 61 times since then. Last updated on September 15, 2021, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 14, 2021, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   3. submitted on September 15, 2021, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   4. submitted on September 19, 2021, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas.   5. submitted on September 14, 2021, by Richard Denney of Austin, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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