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Near Van in Van Zandt County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Brady P. Gentry

(March 25, 1895 - Nov. 9, 1966)

 

—Park Dedicated to Memory of Texas State Highway Commission Chairman —

 
Brady P. Gentry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
1. Brady P. Gentry Marker
Inscription. A man whose public service was of highest order. Born on a farm near this site in Van Zandt County. Educated at Cumberland University (Tennessee) and Tyler Commercial College, was County Attorney and County Judge of Smith County. As chairman of Texas Highway Commission, 1939-1945, he traveled almost every Texas highway to learn road needs of state. Aided long-range financial strength of highway program by supporting the reservation of road-use revenue for road building.
     An authority of highway policy, Gentry served in 1943 as president of the American Association of State Highway Officials. In that capacity he aided post-war expansion in use of motor vehicles by implementing legislation to provide funds for farm-to-market roads and the first major expressways in the country.
     Interested in education, Gentry helped to establish Tyler Junior College. He served as U.S. Congressman, 1953-1957, for Third Congressional District of Texas. A member of committees for public works and roads, he helped design legislation for interstate highway system. Refused to vote along merely political lines.
     The pre-eminent position of the Texas Highway Department and the high quality of roads in Texas and the U.S. are a tribute to the ability of Brady P. Gentry.
 
Erected 1967 by Texas
Brady P. Gentry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
2. Brady P. Gentry Marker
View to north
State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 11415.)
 
Location. 32° 30.941′ N, 95° 41.285′ W. Marker is near Van, Texas, in Van Zandt County. Marker can be reached from Interstate 20 at milepost 538, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located at a rest area on the I-20 westbound lanes between Exits 540 and 537; marker can only be accessed from the westbound lanes of the freeway. Marker is in this post office area: Van TX 75790, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Free State of Van Zandt (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battle of the Neches (approx. 0.2 miles away); Morgan G. Sanders (approx. 4.9 miles away); Alamo Institute (approx. 4.9 miles away); Ben Wheeler Community (approx. 5 miles away); Hillcrest Cemetery (approx. 10.5 miles away); Caldwell Walton Raines (approx. 10.6 miles away); Van Zandt County Courthouse (approx. 10.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Van.
 
Also see . . .  Brady Preston Gentry. From the Texas State Historical Association’s “Handbook of Texas Online”. (Submitted on June 19, 2015.) 
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
View to West from Rest Area image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
3. View to West from Rest Area
View to East from near Marker Location image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, June 5, 2015
4. View to East from near Marker Location
Marker is located 400 feet west of the rest area's restroom building
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 19, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 187 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 19, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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