On April 10, 1835, William B. Travis purchased one league of land (4,428 acres) from the Mexican Government. This property is in the center of Hays County, approximately one mile south of Driftwood. FM 150 West traverses this historic league of land, and meanders through some of the most beautiful parts of the Onion Creek valley.
In May 2019 the Texas Legislature designated this scenic and historic section of FM 150 West as The William B. Travis Heritage Trail to honor this Texan hero who died in the battle of the Alamo.
Currently, the Driftwood community is working with Hays County Commissioners and Texas state legislators to place the Travis Heritage Trail under the Texas State Transportation Code Title 6, Chapter 391., Highway Beautification. This will ban junk yards, sanitary fills and billboard placement on the Heritage Trail, and preserve the beauty and historic significance of this roadway for future generations.
At its July 15, 2020 meeting, the Hays County Commissioners Court passed a resolution which "..support[s] the development of legislation amending the State of Texas Transportation Code to achieve the goals of establishing scenic roadways in Hays County which allows for Hays County to determine which roadways within its boundaries would receive the designation...". A full copy of the resolution can be downloaded here.
We propose to transfer the full designation authority of Highway Beautification for Hays County from the state legislature to the Hays County Commissioners Court. This legislation will transfer the State responsibility back to the local citizens of Hays County, where it rightfully belongs.
To date this petition has over 400 signatures. Please support our effort by adding your name to the petition we will present to the Legislature in the 2021 session. Your email address will only be used for Driftwood Historical Conservation Society communications, and you may opt out of these at any time.