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Reviews of Texas Historical Sites

Blog posts listed here cover our visits to Historical Sites in Texas.

Texas Tidbits: The Story of Jane Long, "The Mother of Texas"

The Story of Jane Long, The Mother of Texas
We have learned so much interesting history during our travels, and often it comes from finding historical markers and sites by accident. On a day trip to the Bolivar Peninsula after a ferry ride from Galveston, we came across a collection of Texas historical markers we had never noticed before. One of these markers tells the story of Jane Long, a pioneer woman who lived during the 18th and 19th centuries and who is called "The Mother of Texas". In this Texas Tidbit, we share the story of Jane Long and why she is important to Texas history... [See the Full Post and Watch the Video!]

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Mission Tejas State Park: A Hidden East Texas Gem!

Mission Tejas State Park
If you are looking for a quiet, peaceful retreat in nature with some interesting history mixed in, Mission Tejas State Park is for you! One of the least visited of the Texas State Parks, this small park is miles away from the hustle and bustle of the larger parks. There are no crowds and no cell phone signals, making it the perfect place to truly get away and relax. It is definitely one of our favorite Texas State Parks! There is just one problem... [See the Full Post]

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From the Ice Age to the Space Age: 100 Historical Sites to Visit in Texas

Texas Historical Sites
Texas is RICH in history! Here's a short list to get you started: 100 interesting historical sites to visit in Texas, from the Ice Age to the Space Age including archeological sites, historic forts, homes, battlegrounds, missions, buildings that played a role in history and more!... [Read the full post]

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Walk Through Texas History at the Bullock Texas History Museum

Bullock Museum
Opened in 2001, this museum houses an impressive collection of Texas artifacts: from the reproduction skeleton of a French explorer who found himself stranded in the Gulf of Mexico to the original 2,000 pound iron Goddess of Liberty who topped the Capitol Building until 1985 when she was replaced by a replica. Here you see everything from Stephen F Austin's gun to Babe Zaharias' golf putter. If you are a Texan or interested in Texas history, put this on your list of Must Sees... [Read the full post]

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The Oldest Fort West of the Mississippi: Presidio La Bahia

Presidio La Bahia
Just a short hike or bike ride away from Goliad State Park and Historic Site, along a marked trail, you will find another Texas historical gem: Presidio La Bahia, a Spanish fort established here in 1749 with Mission Espiritu Santo (which is at Goliad State Park) to prevent the encroachment of the Native Americans and French (and later the English and Americans). Today, it is the oldest fort standing West of the Mississippi River... [Read the full post]

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Visit the Birthplace of the Man Behind Cinco de Mayo: General Ignacio Zaragoza

Ignacio Zaragoza
General Ignacio Seguin Zaragoza was born in a house just outside the walls of Presidio La Bahia in 1829 (the same year that his community changed its name from La Bahia to Goliad). His father was a soldier at the presidio, and it was very common for children to spend their entire lives in the military community. Boys became soldiers and girls married soldiers. Ignacio Zaragoza was no exception to this rule... [Read the full post]

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Campground Tour: Goliad State Park and Historic Site, Goliad TX

Goliad State Park
Home to 18th century Mission Espiritu Santo, Goliad State Park and Historic Site is a must visit for anyone interested in Texas history. This CCC park features a replica Spanish mission, museum, hiking trails, fishing, kayaking, birdwatching and so much more just outside of historic Goliad, Texas... [Read the full post]

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Riding the Texas State Railroad, Rusk and Palestine, Texas

Texas State Railroad
The early 1900s steam engine blows its whistle twice, the train bell clangs, and you pass by the water tower as you depart the station. As you hear the clickety-clack of the wheels on the tracks and feel the motion of the railcar, you are experiencing a little piece of life as it was a century ago. This is no movie, and this is certainly no miniature train. You are riding in an authentic, restored 1920s railcar along the Texas State Railroad!... [Read the full post]

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San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

San Antonio Missions NHP
One of the things that we love about our home state is its history. Texas is rich in history. And as we tour around the state, we're learning that a big part of Texas History can be found in the Spanish Missions. Our previous visits to the Alamo, Mission Espiritu Santo in Goliad, and Mission Tejas in Weches were very interesting. So while we were in San Antonio, we took the time to visit San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. We're so glad we did!... [Read the full post]

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