You can’t go far in Hays County – or Central Texas for that matter – without being reminded of the heroes of the Alamo. Add to that already long list the recently-designated William B. Travis Heritage Trail, which runs 12-plus miles on FM 150 from where the road intersects RR3237 on the south to the intersection of FM 150 and RR12 near Dripping Springs. The designation was made official by the Texas Legislature earlier this year.
A ceremony was held Sept. 4 at the Driftwood Historical Conservation Society (DHCS) Onion Creek Valley to celebrate the designation, with speakers including State Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) and Representative John Cyrier (R-Lockhart), who shepherded the required legislation through the Texas House and Senate. Senate Bill 1221 passed both houses by a majority of more than two-thirds.
“It could not have been done without the hundreds of petition signers and public meeting attendees and presenters,” said Casey Cutler, who was instrumental in prompting the legislature to adopt the bill. “The Travis Trail exists because the people and their public servants willed it to exist. This was a passionate movement of the people, by the people and for the people, exactly how government is supposed to work.”
In addition to Cutler, the DHCS worked closely with elected officials, the Hays County Commissioners Court, the Hays County Historical Commission and members of the Driftwood Community to recognize the portion of FM 150 that runs through the historical William B. Travis Survey.
Cyrier and a representative from Campbell’s office spoke at the dedication ceremony.