Street Lamp Plaques

Downtown street lamp dedication plaques

In the 1970s the City decided to celebrate its history by installing old-fashioned streetlamps in its historic downtown. As a fundraiser for the project, residents were invited to sponsor a streetlamp in honor of influential citizens and loved ones, who would be memorialized with a plaque attached to the lamp post. The streetlamps were dedicated at a ceremony on April 27, 1975.

The streetlamps have since been replaced, and the dedication plaques have recently been re-mounted on the new posts. The plaque texts are posted below, or you can see them in person on your next trip to the Downtown Commercial Historic District.

Dedication plaque photos & text

 

201 E. Main Street
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Oliver J. “Bud” Carlson
Feb. 13 1899 – Nov. 17, 1972
Native of Round Rock,
Member of Palm Valley Lutheran Church
Lumber – Hardware – Builder
Active in Civic Life

101 E. Main Street
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Walter E. Henna
Dec. 11, 1884 – Nov. 21, 1969
Merchant, Civic Leader
County School board
President Williamson County O.S.A.
President of Texas Hardware Convention
Admired and Respected by His Fellowmen

200 E. Main Street
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Helmer Johnson
Oct. 30, 1896 – April 14, 1971
Grocer
Member Palm Valley Lutheran Church
School Board

 

 

118 E. Main Street
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John Herring Kavanaugh
1879-1957
Owner, Editor & Publisher of
Round Rock Leader
1929-1957

 

 

121 E. Main Street
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In Memory of Rev Theo Kreinke
& In Honor of Mrs. Anita Kreinke
Served Williamson County
Lutheran Congregations from 1912-1929
Superintendent of Trinity Lutheran Homes
1929-1945
School Board Member
1932-1954, President 20 years

100 E. Main Street
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John W. Ledbetter
Descendent of Pioneer Family
Postmaster and Postal Employee 1932-1965
Church and Civic Leader
President of Fire Department
President Williamson County O.S.A.
Received Outstanding Citizen Award

 211 E. Main Street
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Thomas Edward Nelson
Feb. 7, 1888 – Dec. 15, 1951
Banker, Farmer and Rancher
Member of
Palm Valley Lutheran Church,
City Council and School Board

 

Round Rock Library, 216 E. Main Street
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In Honor of Mr. O.F. Perry
Former Classroom Teacher,
Coach, Principal and
Superintendent of
Round Rock Independent Schools
1931-1957

Mr. Perry was a 1994 Local Legend