SB 2055

84(R) - 2015
Senate Transportation
Senate Transportation
Transportation & Infrastructure

Vote Recommendation

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Kirk Watson

Bill Caption

Relating to the designation of Loop 223 in Bastrop County as the Captain Jesse Billingsley Memorial Loop.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

From the Author's Statement of Intent:

Captain Jesse Billingsley (1810-1880) was born in Tennessee and came to Texas in 1834. Known as a fearless fighter and friend of David Crocket, Billingsley was elected Captain of the Mina Volunteers, Company C, of the Republic of Texas Army. Captain Billingsley is described as “The Old Rock” of San Jacinto and credited with being the first to yell, “Remember the Alamo! Remember Goliad!” in an emotional speech to his men the night before the battle. At the Battle of San Jacinto, Billingsley and his Rangers were the first into Santa Anna’s camp and suffered the most casualties of all the frontiersmen. Despite being crippled in his left hand from a gunshot wound during the fight at San Jacinto, Billingsley continued to participate in almost every major skirmish on the Texas frontier and was awarded a league of land for his valor under fire. Captain Billingsley went on to serve as a representative of Bastrop County in the First and Second Congress and as a senator in the Fifth and Eighth Legislatures of Texas. Captain Billingsley sacrificed his public career by taking a stand against secession from the Union and by becoming an advocate for the literacy of slaves. S.B. 2055 honors this Texas hero by designating State Highway Loop 223 in McDade, Bastrop County, the Captain Jesse Billingsley Memorial Highway

Vote Recommendation Notes

We remain neutral on all legislation related to the naming of roads and bridges. That being said, Capt. Billingsley appears to be well-deserving of this honor.