Eight Decades of Lighting the Way!


A handful of hardy linemen pose in 1947 at the cooperative’s headquarters in Giddings. Photo courtesy of Gene and Karen Urban

It’s a milestone year for Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative. We’re turning 80. The co-op, originally called the Lower Colorado River Electric Cooperative, received its state charter on Aug. 2, 1939. The mission was to provide electricity to rural residents in 10 Central Texas counties (which later grew to include parts of 14 counties). In 1965, the co-op was renamed Bluebonnet.

We’re celebrating our history with stories in Texas Co-op Power magazine, fun content in our social media, on our website and at our five member service centers — where we will host birthday parties (and all members are invited). We’ll have displays of old appliances at our Annual Meeting, a call for heritage recipes from our members, video memories from some of our oldest residential and business members, a look at what was happening in each of our eight decades and some great giveaways throughout the year (including some new appliances).

Follow us in the magazine, on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for content you’ll enjoy. Are you one of Bluebonnet's earliest members, or do you know someone who is? We want to tell your story. Please contact Lisa Ogle at 512-332-7968 or email her at

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