Texas Highway Department

Texas Highway Department (HMH2H)

Location: Austin, TX 78701 Travis County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 16.351', W 97° 44.422'

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(Established April 4, 1917)

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.
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HM NumberHMH2H
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Marker Number12247
Year Placed1997
Placed ByThe Texas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 4:24am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 621160 N 3349654
Decimal Degrees30.27251667, -97.74036667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 16.351', W 97° 44.422'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 16' 21.06" N, 97° 44' 25.32" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)512
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 125 E 11th St, Austin TX 78701, US
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