Waco in McLennan County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
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
Erected 2011 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16893.)
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° 33.739′ N, 97° 7.863′ 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. In Honor and Remembrance (within shouting distance of this marker); McLennan County Gulf War, Iraq War, and War in Afghanistan MemorialMcLennan County Korean Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Vietnam Veterans Memorial (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Veterans Plaza (about 800 feet away); Washington Avenue Bridge at Brazos River (approx. 0.2 miles away); Jacob de Cordova (approx. 0.2 miles away); Waco Suspension Bridge (approx. ¼ mile 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 August 17, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 22, 2021, by Kevin Hoch of Waco, Texas. This page has been viewed 174 times since then and 57 times this year. Last updated on July 11, 2022, by Joe Lotz of Denton, Texas. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 22, 2021, by Kevin Hoch of Waco, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.