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Celebrating 125 Years of Service

Celebrating 125 Years of Service

Since 1894, Freese and Nichols has built an enduring company by remaining true to the philosophies our founding fathers instilled: taking care of our employees, providing excellent service to our clients, investing in our communities, operating ethically and promoting innovation. Throughout this anniversary year, we’ll be reflecting on key people, projects and events that made us who we are today.

But just as important as what we’ve built throughout our past is our future. We have thrived for more than a century by understanding and meeting our clients’ needs, and we’ll continue to anticipate and adapt to help you address your challenges in the future.


Brian Coltharp, President and CEO


Each month, we’ll focus on a particular decade of our history. For a quick look at our 125 years, click here. For a  more in-depth look at our history, see A Century in the Works and Continuing the Journey.

 1894-to-1910: Innovative From the Start

Freese and Nichols' first decades were guided by John Hawley heading to Texas in 1891. Three years later, Freese and Nichols was born. Hawley was also an innovator in the very real challenges of financing water supply improvements. Read more here.
 

 1910-1920: Solving Water Supply Crises Here and In France

Major John Hawley laid the groundwork for White Rock Lake and Lake Worth, helped found a state organization for Texas engineers and solved a water supply crisis in France during World War I for the Allies. Read more here.