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DHCS Members Testify Before Senate Transportation Committee

Kate Johnson Remarks to Senate Transportation Committee supporting SB 1221, March 27, 2019. Good Morning, Chairman Nichols and Honorable Senators. My name is Kate Johnson and I am the Chairwoman of the Hays County Historical Commission. I am in support of Senate Bill 1221. In fact, all of the members of the Hays County Historical Commission are in support of this bill. And the Hays County Commissioners Court unanimously passed a Resolution in support of the bill last December. This bill simply honors William B. Travis in Hays County by naming a portion of FM 150 as “the William B. Travis Heritage Trail.” I know its not necessary for me to give any of you a history lesson on this legendary historical figure in Texas History. But, this is important to us locally because William Barret Travis purchased a league of land in Hays County from Ben Milam in 1835. Following his death at the Alamo, Travis left this land to his two children: his seven year old son, Charles Edward Travis, and his five year old daughter, Susan Isabella Travis. FM 150 runs through the center of this league, just south of the community of Driftwood. In addition to honoring the important legacy of this Texan, the William B. Travis Heritage Trail would benefit small businesses in the area and promote tourism along FM 150 in the Hill Country. It would also promote the preservation of the cultural and historical resources of the area. It simply honors a great defender of the Alamo on the local level in Hays County and promotes heritage tourism through our beautiful Hill Country. I respectfully urge you to support SB 1221.

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