Like Historic Home Tours? Then please put April 11 in Garland's Travis College Hill on your calendar
Excited about April 11 and racing like crazy to get things company-ready! Hope you'll put this event on your calendar--noon to 5 p.m., with a 3 p.m. ceremony awarding our Interurban Land Company's Travis College Hill neighborhood's Texas Historical Marker.
Why I became so interested in Downtown Garland, Texas
Louis Moore became acquainted with Garland, TX, when he married Garland native Kay Wheeler in 1969. After living in several cities throughout the country, they moved to Garland in the year 2000. Helping restore Garland's inner city has become his passion and life. He and his wife live on the street where Kay grew up. That area today lies in the Travis College Hill Historic District in downtown Garland. Only 12 houses remain of the Travis College Hill Addition where the Wheelers once lived and the Moores live today. Garland's City Council on May 20, 2014, declared the Addition the city's first Historic District. The next year the State of Texas awarded the neighborhood a Texas Historical Marker, the first for a residential area in Garland. Then two years later in 2017, the U.S. Department of the Interior bestowed on the neighborhood official recognition on the National Register of Historic Places—the first time ever that any site in Garland received that distinction. Travis College Hill is one of the oldest extant subdivisions in Garland. It was platted in 1913 as part of an effort to "grow Garland" with a new electric rail car line, the Interurban, that was to run between Dallas and Greenville. The Interurban line never materialized, but the remaining remnants of the Interurban Land Company's Travis College Hill Addition are a testimony of that bygone era. Of those 12 houses in Travis College Hill today, the Moores own five and formerly owned or were involved in the restoration of three others. Now retirement age, the Moores are deeply involved in seeing that the once-blighted Downtown Garland area experience a renaissance and become a model city for healthy people, long-living seniors, and just ordinary families looking to recapture a bygone era when community pride, friendliness, and neighborliness—all of which were once hallmarks of Garland—honestly described the area.
For more than 14 years (1972 to 1986) Louis Moore was the award-winning religion editor of the Houston Chronicle. He has worked in religion journalism for nearly 40 years, as a religion reporter, newspaper editor, and denominational executive. His experience in covering religion spans all Christian denominations and all religions. His weekly column in the Houston Chronicle drew accolades from far and wide including Evangelicals, Roman Catholics, Orthodox, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Muslims, as well as atheists. He was noted for his balanced and thorough approach to religion news. He is the author of Witness to the Truth, published in 2008 about his reporting and denominational experiences. Now retired, Louis and his wife, Kay, live in Garland, TX, where they enjoy being grandparents, writing blogs, encouraging historic preservation in Garland and the Dallas area, investing in real estate, traveling, and encouraging others to take an active role in their communities.