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

Texas Highway Department

(Established April 4, 1917)

 
 
Texas Highway Department (Established April 4, 1917) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, September 3, 2007
1. Texas Highway Department (Established April 4, 1917) Marker
Inscription. Early 20th century Texas farmers demanded all-weather access to markets just as automobiles revolutionized transportation for all travelers. Good roads promoters envisioned a central state agency to organize safe, consistent routes. In 1916 the Federal Government offered matching funds to build a statewide highway system.

In 1917, legislators created the Texas Highway Department, and Texans registered 195,000 automobiles. Agency employees worked in the Capitol, then the 1917 Land Office, and soon the agency opened district offices across the state. In 1921 Federal officials approved a 2,900-mile Texas system, ensured by a one-cent-per-gallon state gas tax after 1923. During the Great Depression, Federal relief funds stimulated massive road building.

Engineers also promoted a new headquarters, and in 1933 completed this State Highway building. From here, Dewitt Carlock Greer (1902-1986) served as State Highway Engineer, 1940 to 1967, and Commissioner, 1969 to 1981, when legislators named the building for him. That year, as the agency’s role expanded to public transportation, it managed 71,000 miles of highways for 12 million Texas vehicles.
 
Erected 1997 by the Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12247.)
 
Location. 30° 
Department of Transportation (Dewitt C. Greer Building) image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, September 3, 2007
2. Department of Transportation (Dewitt C. Greer Building)
The marker can be seen in profile above the "Dewitt C. Greer" stone sign.
16.351′ N, 97° 44.422′ W. Marker is in Austin, Texas, in Travis County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 125 E 11th St, Austin TX 78701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Texas Capitol (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Texas Legislatures (within shouting distance of this marker); Tyler Rose (within shouting distance of this marker); The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas (within shouting distance of this marker); African Americans in the Texas Revolution (within shouting distance of this marker); Governor Edmund Jackson Davis (within shouting distance of this marker); Governor James Edward Ferguson August 31, 1871 -September 21, 1944 (within shouting distance of this marker); Governor Andrew Jackson Hamilton (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Austin.
 
Categories. Roads & Vehicles
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 6, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 21, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 2,278 times since then and 115 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 21, 2009, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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