The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 53, July 1949 - April, 1950 Page: 125
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LIKE a gleaming thread woven into the
pattern of Texas history is the pioneering spirit
of the first trail blazers. Homesteaders... the
stage coach... the first Texas cattlemen... carrying
their hopes and dreams on to new frontiers. This same pioneering spirit was evi-
denced by the group of men who, back in 1913, built the state's first high-voltage
electric power transmission line, bringing with it a new era of development for
farm, business and industry. This high-voltage transmission line was the fore-
runner of the network of power lines of Texas Power & Light Company destined
to cover a 52-county area in North, Central and East Texas. Through the years,
this company has continued to pioneer... in rural electrification, in agricultural
development and in industrial development.
In the beginning, Texas Power & Light Company served 13 cities and towns.
Today, 466 cities, towns and communities in the richest and most populous sec-
tion of the state are joined together by TP&L's high-voltage transmission lines.
More than 235,000 Texans, of whom 68,000 live on farms and in rural areas,
enjoy more comfortable, prosperous living through TP&L's low-cost, dependable
Because of this widespread distribution of electric power, manufacturing plants
may locate in the section best suited to their industrial needs ... and thus take
advantage of the wide diversity of Texas' raw materials and natural resources,
labor, transportation facilities and many other advantages found in the state.
Contributing more to a higher standard of living and the furtherance of com-
munity prosperity than any other single factor ... TP&L electric service is vital
to the growth and development of the area it serves.
With the foresight and vision of careful business management, this company is
constantly planning and preparing for the future needs of the farms, homes,
businesses and industries that are making Texas the great state it is today.
PIONEERS OF TRANSMISSION LINE ELECTRIC SERVICE IN TEXAS
JOHN W. CARPENTER. President and General Mfanager
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 53, July 1949 - April, 1950, periodical, 1950; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101126/m1/125/: accessed August 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.