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.
Since moving to Garland in 2000, Louis Moore has immersed himself in the life of the city. He is serving in his 10th year on the city's Plan Commission, is former vice president and a board member of the Garland Downtown Business Association, and is a founding board member and president of Friends of Garland's Historic Magic 11th Street. He is a former board member and chair of the Garland Salvation Army, was an early board founding member of Hope Clinic, was a deacon at First Baptist Church of Garland, and has been involved in many other organizations in Garland. In 2017 he graduated from the Garland Citizens Fire Academy. During that same year Louis and his wife, Kay received the prestigious Who's Who in Garland Neighborhoods award, administered by the City of Garland's Office of Neighborhood Vitality. Friends and relatives often refer to Louis and Kay as "Mr. and Mrs. Garland" because of their love and work on behalf of the city. A citizen and elder in the Chickasaw Nation, in 2016 and 2017 Louis was selected as a "Diversity Scholar" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation based in Washington, D.C. He is involved with the organization's effort to see that the "complete story of America" is told through national and local recognitions and citations. As an indication of their commitment to making Garland a place where ALL CITIZENS COUNT, Louis and Kay are members of Garland's NAACP and GAFHA Hispanic-heritage group. Louis first became acquainted with Garland when he married Garland native Kay Wheeler in 1969. After living in several cities (Louisville, Houston, Nashville, and Richmond), they moved to Garland in the year 2000. Helping Garland reach its full potential has become a passion of Louis and Kay's lives. They work tirelessly to help restore Garland's inner city as well as other parts of the city. Louis and Kay 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 experiences a renaissance and becomes a model city for healthy people, long-living seniors, and 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. Louis has traveled to 49 of the 50 U.S. states and 45 different countries on five continents. He holds the Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Baylor University and the Master of Divinity in theology from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.