Reading & Signing: A History of Travis Heights
The Travis Heights neighborhood in Austin, Texas, is comprised of three developments: the Swisher Addition, Fairview Park, and Travis Heights. Each of those three is unique. Fairview Park was designed to be an elegant Victorian suburb. The Swisher Addition developed as a thriving commercial district. The Travis Heights subdivision was the most successful residential development in the area and overshadowed the others. Travis Heights is known for its parks that run the length of the neighborhood. The history of Travis Heights is about the evolution of a neighborhood influenced by location and by its landscape.
Author Lori Duran has held a lifetime interest in history. After finishing a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree that combined Latin American studies with master of business administration classes at the University of Texas, she had a career in the semiconductor industry. She has since turned her attention to writing articles for publication and authoring Austin’s Travis Heights Neighborhood. For this book, she has collected information and photographs from residents in Austin, the Texas Historical Commission, the Texas School for the Deaf, and the Austin History Center.