The Laws of Texas, 1929-1931 [Volume 27] Page: 64 of 1,943
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62 GENERAL LAWS.
CANCELLING TRAVIS COUNTY LEASE ON
COURT HOUSE SITE.
S. B. No. 74.] CHAPTER 29.
An Act cancelling and annulling the lease which Travis County holds
against the courthouse and jail property owned by the State of Texas,
the same being the North half of Block No. (123) one hundred twentythree,
in the City of Austin, Travis County, Texas; fixing and declaring
the value of all improvements on said lot and providing for payment
to Travis County for said improvements by delivering a State
Patent to Travis County to one or the other of two certain blocks of
property located in the City of Austin, Texas, and herein described;
fixing the time within which Travis County must vacate said property;
and declaring an emergency.
WHEREAS, it is the desire of the State of Texas to cancel and annul
the lease of the property mentioned in the caption, which lease
was evidenced by an Act of the Legislature of Texas of May 4, 1874,
by paying to said County of Travis the full value of all improvements
on said lot; Now, therefore,
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Texas:
SECTION 1. The lease held by the County of Travis under
the Act of the Texas Legislature of May 4, 1874, on the North
half of Block No. (123) one hundred any twenty-three, in the
City of Austin, Travis County, Texas, is hereby cancelled and
annulled, and said cancellation and annulment shall take effect
and be in force from and after the passage of this Act.
SEC. 2. The Commissioner of the General Land Office of
the State of Texas shall issue a patent from the State of Texas
to Travis County, Texas, patenting the block of land designated
Public Square on the map of the plan of Austin and bounded
on the East by Guadalupe Street; on the North by Pine or
Fifth Street; on the West by San Antonio Street; and on the
South by Cedar or Fourth Street. Said patent to be delivered
when lease of. said north half of block 123 is cancelled and
possession by Travis County of said block 123 is surrendered
to the State of Texas. Provided, Travis County may elect to
take patent to block designated Public Square between Fourth
Street and Fifth Street and between Trinity and Neches Streets
in lieu of said patent to said block between Guadalupe and San
Antonio Streets herein above described. Provided, that Travis
County shall have eighteen (18) months after the taking effect
of this Act to vacate said lot and all improvements thereon,
and at the expiration of said eighteen (18) months, or prior
thereto if said property is vacated, the State of Texas shall
have the right to reinstate and take possession of all said land
and all improvements thereon except the jail equipment.
SEC. 3. The fact that there is urgent necessity, both from
the standpoint of the State and Travis County that said lease
be cancelled and said property placed in the hands of the State
for such public use as may be desirable and expedient and in
order that Travis County may be in a position to erect a court-
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Gammel, Hans Peter Mareus Neilsen. The Laws of Texas, 1929-1931 [Volume 27], book, 1931; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth16362/m1/64/: accessed April 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .