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Granger in Williamson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Brick Streets in Granger

 
 
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Photographed By Keith Peterson
1. Brick Streets in Granger Marker
Inscription.  

Area landowners A. S. Fischer and W. C. Belcher platted the townsite of Granger in 1884, in anticipation of its potential to develop along the rail line that had been laid two years previously. The town plan called for a 100-foot-wide main street, named Davilla, along which businesses and dwellings soon appeared.

By 1910 Granger’s economy was booming. It was an important cotton marketing and shipping point for the region, with a combined cotton compress and cottonseed oil mill, an ice factory, a waterworks, churches, banks and schools. The vast expanse of Davilla Street proved to be a problem, however, especially after rainstorms when the street became a colossal mud puddle. With the increasing popularity of the automobile, the issue of Davilla Street was even more pronounced, and the decision was made to pave it with bricks.

The job of paving Davilla Street took place in the summer of 1912. The weekly Granger News proclaimed, “Granger is said to boast the distinction of being the only city in the state of less than 5000 inhabitants that has paved streets, or that is paving them.” The Business League
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of Granger held annual “good roads and pavement celebrations” to continue its promotion of Granger as a progressive community.

Ironically, the proliferation of the automobile diminished the importance of the railroad, upon which Granger had based its prosperity, and the community began to lose its population to larger cities and towns. The remaining brick streets continue as a reminder of Granger’s early prosperity and its role as a center of commerce.
 
Erected 2001 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12426.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1884.
 
Location. 30° 43.074′ N, 97° 26.72′ W. Marker is in Granger, Texas, in Williamson County. Marker is on West Davilla Street. On Davilla St. just west of the Rio Grande St. intersection. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Granger TX 76530, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic School (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saints Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church (about 600 feet away); Granger Brethren Church (about 600 feet away); A. A. & Mary Spacek House (about 700 feet away); Granger City Hall
Brick Streets in Granger Marker Vicinity image. Click for full size.
Photographed By QuesterMark, June 29, 2014
2. Brick Streets in Granger Marker Vicinity
(approx. ¼ mile away); Young House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Granger High School (approx. half a mile away); Macedonia Cemetery (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Granger.
 
Brick Streets in Granger image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Keith Peterson
3. Brick Streets in Granger
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 13, 2007, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,482 times since then and 211 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 13, 2007, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   2. submitted on September 7, 2014, by QuesterMark of Fort Worth, Texas.   3. submitted on September 13, 2007, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.

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