The Willie Nelson Highway That Wasn’t (Texas Highway 130 Revisited) (2005)

The proposal had been championed by Gonzalo Barrientos, a Democratic state Senator who thought naming the 49-mile section of State Highway 130 after Nelson would be appropriate.  According to the Associated Press, Barrientos wanted to pay tribute to Nelson “for so much good music and so many good works.” 

Nelson is the musician known for songs like On the Road Again and My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, as well as for his outspoken activism. Along with Neil Young and John Mellencamp, he was one of the founders of Farm Aid.

However, Republican lawmakers objected to the motion.  Willie Nelson, when he heard that the proposed road was to be a toll road, expressed that he didn’t want a toll road after him; people don’t like toll roads.

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