August 12th, 2013
Few existing American battleships hold the distinction of having served the nation in both World War I and World War II. Located in San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site within minutes of downtown Houston, Texas, the Battleship Texas falls into that exclusive category. Launched in 1912 and commissioned in 1914, USS Texas BB-35 saw action all over the world, from the Gulf of Mexico to the North Sea in WWI and from the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Theater in WWII.
Today, the Battleship Texas offers visitors an up-close glimpse of what life was like for the Read the rest of this entry »
June 3rd, 2013
The Port Isabel Lighthouse, a Texas historical site which was added to National Register of Historic Places on April 30, 1976, was first lit in 1853 to guide ships through the Brazos Santiago Pass to Port Isabel. This coastal Texas lighthouse is the only one left of the 16 built on the Texan coast that is open to the public. Be sure to make it a stop along your travels. As a family friendly attraction, enjoy a climb to the top while getting a workout using the 75 Read the rest of this entry »
March 25th, 2013
When you think of Texas, you think of cowboys, history and the old adage that everything is bigger in Texas. Austin is the epitome of all those things and so much more. If you want to have a big time in Austin, there is a big list of events, activities and places to visit.
Here are but a few:
- The State Capital – The Texas state capital building is a full 14 feet taller than the U.S. capital building. It was completed in 1888.Read the rest of this entry »
July 2nd, 2012
Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park exists to protect the history of the founding of the Republic of Texas. The buildings preserve the lifestyle during the era of Texas’ independence.
Independence Hall is one of the most notable historic sites in Texas. It is the location where Texas representatives signed the document declaring independence from Mexico. A reproduction of Independence Hall celebrates the creation of the Republic of Texas’ government.
The Star of the Republic Museum presents the history of the Republic of Texas, which was an independent nation Read the rest of this entry »
January 19th, 2012
There is always something truly magical about seeing some of the old military forts of Texas transformed into museums. Looking the same on the outside as they did back then, it is almost anachronistic to see these old battlements lit up with phone cables, internet, bounce electricity texas services, or any other modern convenience however, thankfully, these do little to take away from the histories and legacies of these fantastic structures. If you have ever had an interest in these structures or are looking for some hotspots for your next family vacation, then stay tuned – I have compiled a list of 5 military museums you simply cannot pass up during your trip to the Lone Star State.
1. Alamo Mission
Relive the battle that changed the face of the nation as you set foot into this historical monument.
2. National Museum of the Pacific War
Dedicated to Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, this museum is devoted to remembering the exploits of the US Pacific Fleet during World War II.
3. Cavanaugh Flight Museum
Learn how aviation changed and evolved over the course of history.
4. Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park
Containing several cannon set-ups and recreated war relics, one cannot help but feel like they have stepped back in time to the early days of the Mexican-American War.
5. Silent Wings Museum
Dedicated to the brave pilots who flew recon during World War II on non-powered gliders.
September 12th, 2011
The Battle of San Jacinto changed the course of Texan history forever. During the 1820-s after Mexico began to encourage settlement into the sparsely populated territory of Texas. Stephen F. Austin led a large number of new American settlers into Texas eventually settling along the Brazos River. Quickly the number of American settlers outnumbered the Mexican settlers leading to tensions in the region. The Mexican government attempted to control the inflow of Americans but to no avail. In March of 1836 Texas declared itself independent of Mexican rule.
On April 21, 1836 the eighteen minute surprise attack of Texain Read the rest of this entry »
September 11th, 2011
Situated on the corner of Broadway and 14th Street in Galveston, the castle-like towers and Victorian detailing of the Bishop-s Palace are difficult to miss. This historic structure, built for railroad and steel baron Walter Gresham between 1887 and 1892, is an impressive monument to late 19th century decadence and wealth. Though the ornate stone and wrought iron ornamentation that cover the exterior of the house are note-worthy by themselves, the hour-long tour that takes you through much of the interior of the house is well worth Read the rest of this entry »
September 7th, 2011
Everyone remembers hearing about how in history, there were plantations. In Texas, you can experience what it would be like if you were here many years ago. At Varner-Hogg Plantation, you can experience plantation life at its best. Let us give you an idea about all the things you can do and give you a bit of its history.
This plantation was owned by three different men. They were Martin Varner, Columbus Patton, and James S. Hogg. They did a lot of things on this plantation from drilling oil to raising sugarcane. This was then donated to the state in 1957 Read the rest of this entry »
September 5th, 2011
From the 17th to the 19th century Spanish missionaries attempted to spread Catholicism and convert the locals living in the American Southwest. These missionaries developed religious outposts in what is currently the San Antonio area of Texas. The frontier missions not only sought to spread the word of God, but were established as a network of colonial stations along the San Antonio River.
Today, the San Antonio Missions National Park is opened to visitors who are curious about this Read the rest of this entry »