April 4th, 2014
The latest Texas Highway Safety & Rest Areas are open for business!
TxDOT’s newest rest stop can be found in Hill County, just south of Hillsboro. The interactive, interpretative display highlights the importance of agriculture to the region. This exhibit adds to the family of Imagecraft’s Safety Rest Areas, which includes the Texas counties of Navarro, Bell, Donnelly, Gray, and Ward. Each area has its own unique theme.
You can understand if Mike Davis, President and Founder of Imagecraft Exhibits and native Texan, takes some personal pride in these special projects. “When you pull off the road, you learn a little bit about the area. You can travel from one side of the state to the other and get an education on just one highway. I was born and raised in Texas. I’ve learned things I was totally unaware of just from working on the rest areas,” says Davis.
When entering the main lobby area, visitors are presented with three-dimensional themed areas, each highlighting a facet of early life in Hill County. Informative panels, interactive multimedia presentations, photos of the area, and 3-D displays are all designed to promote interaction with visitors. Exhibits first depict a time when buffalo roamed the countryside, then move to the mule and plow era of farming, and wrap up with a classic Allis Chalmers tractor. “All of the scenes are photo opportunities. You can stand behind the plow and have someone take a photo of you or do a selfie,” says Larry Dolan, designer of the interpretive display.
Next time you’re heading north (or south) on I-35 and fighting all that highway construction, take a moment and pull into TXDoT’s oasis in the plains. Stretch your legs. Look around. Take a selfie. You’ll be glad you did.
Check out some of the very cool pics of the Hill County Safety & Rest Areas with this link: