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TxDOT Celebrates 100 Years of Service
Contact: Barbara Seal
Phone: (940) 937-7288
Date: May 11, 2017

Childress hosts event Thursday, May 25 

CHILDRESS – To honor the past while anticipating the future, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) invites the public, former employees and TxDOT retirees to celebrate the department’s 100th Anniversary from 2 to 5 p.m., Thursday, May 25, at the Childress District Office, 7599 US 287, in Childress.

Activities will include a refurbished, 27-foot-long 1918 Liberty Truck with banners containing the history of TxDOT, antique equipment as well as modern equipment used daily in maintenance and construction work, cars from each decade since 1917 provided by local residents, tours of the TxDOT Childress District Office, TxDOT museum, trivia game with prizes, a video of the history of the agency for the past 100 years and a video of interviews with retired Childress District employees. TxDOT personnel will be on hand to discuss the agency's operation and answer questions from the public.

Childress Mayor Brett Parr will read a proclamation designating May 25, 2017, as “TxDOT Day,” and the Childress Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon cutting to celebrate a century of service as TxDOT looks forward to the next 100 years of connecting Texans to what matters most – the people they love and the places they need to be. 

The 1918 Liberty Truck will be on display at the Donley County Safety Rest Area on US 287 east of Memphis from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 26.

To commemorate this 100-year milestone, TxDOT invites the public to visit its centennial website. The public also is invited to “Track the Truck” and join in the celebration as a refurbished, 27-foot-long 1918 Liberty Truck makes its way across the state as part of a traveling exhibit that tells the district-by-district story of the agency’s 100-year history. Along with the truck, the exhibit will feature historical photos and a visual timeline highlighting significant dates and achievements.

The TxDOT Story

Born as the Texas Highway Department on April 4, 1917, the earliest incarnation of the Texas Department of Transportation was tasked with a challenge that continues today – there’s a lot of ground to cover in Texas.

In its first nine months, the Texas Highway Department registered nearly 200,000 automobiles and drew the first official map showing the routes of 8,865 miles of improved roadways that would tie Texas together.

As Texas grew, so did the department’s responsibilities. In the 1970s, its scope would stretch beyond roads and highways to local and regional public transit providers. Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, the agency was assigned additional duties, including aviation and railroads along with ports and waterways. It also was given a new identity – the Texas Department of Transportation, or TxDOT for short.

Today, TxDOT continues to address the state’s ongoing and growing transportation needs. From its humble beginnings of 10 employees and a 1918 construction project creating a 20-mile road between Falfurrias and Encino to the world’s first precast network arch bridge in Fort Worth, TxDOT has grown into one of the state’s largest agencies with more than 11,000 team members maintaining 80,000 miles of Texas roadways.

It’s been a century of service and TxDOT looks forward to the next 100 years of connecting Texans to what matters most.

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The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail, and public transportation across the state. Through collaboration and leadership, we deliver a safe, reliable, and integrated transportation system that enables the movement of people and goods.  Find out more at TxDOT.gov. "Like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.