Records of the County Surveyor

Friday, January 13th, 2012 in collections, elected officials. 4 Comments

The records of the Travis County Surveyor, dating from 1838-1999, are now available for research. The office of County Surveyor is one that dates back to the early days of Texas.  Under the Republic of Texas, the County Surveyor was appointed by Congress. The Constitution of 1845 made the office elective for a two-year term, […]

Precinct 4

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011 in elected officials, people. No Comments

Lawson Boothe was the Precinct 4 Commissioner from 1948-1970. County Commissioners are responsible for overseeing the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges within their respective precincts.

The Office of the Justice of the Peace

Thursday, May 20th, 2010 in elected officials. No Comments

The origins of the office of Justice of the Peace extend back to the Middle Ages in England, where the King commissioned knights to preserve peace in unruly areas.  Responsible for ensuring that the law was upheld, these knights were known as “keepers of the peace.”  The title “Justice of the Peace” originates from an […]

Travis County Officials in 1840

Monday, March 1st, 2010 in collection highlights, elected officials, people. No Comments

Travis County was established on January 25, 1840, by an act of the Fourth Congress of the Republic of Texas, days after the community of Waterloo had been renamed Austin and approved as the capital city.   The county was in operation as early as 1839, prior to its official establishment.  The first election for county […]