Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Texas History

Monday we left Lake Livingston and drove toward Huntsville and eventually to Goose Island State Park near Rockport, Texas.  First I have to say I was quite impressed with a little town on Lake Livingston, Onalaska.  Now, I never even heard of this place until I noticed a cousin was living there.  We did not get a chance to see Larry as he was working and it just did not work out.  But if you ever get a chance to go through Onalaska, enjoy the drive.  The drive over the lake is really pretty and the town seemed to be a very nice place.  I think I would like to go back and see it a little closer.  Here is part of the view over the lake.

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So as we are driving through Huntsville we see a sign pointing towards the grave of Sam Houston. Sam Houston was the first President of the Republic of Texas and a Texas hero, for those who do not know.  The cemetery is Oakwood Cemetery and is located next to the high school.  Really easy to find. 

04-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 02The monument was well maintained and quite impressive but I was really hoping to see the original stone but the graves themselves are covered by plants - hedges actually.04-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 2204-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 03

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The rest of the cemetery in really bad shape. Oh, there is a new section that seems to benefit from perpetual care.  04-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 05

 

 

This cemetery was started back in about 1864 and has many really old gravestones.

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Many of the fences and stones are broken.

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The grass and weeds are just taking over.

04-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 0804-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 0904-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 1004-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 1104-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 1204-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 13And there are many Texas heroes and leaders buried in this cemetery.04-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 1404-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 1504-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 1604-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 1704-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 19Included in these heroes are soldiers from the Civil War.  04-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 20 I just think it is a shame that this cemetery is not better maintained.  I could understand if it was one out in the country somewhere as so many old cemeteries are; but this is in the heart of Huntsville.  And part of the cemetery is very well maintained.  OK, off my soapbox.  So many of our cemeteries get neglected.  It is just life moving on.  Makes me think I need to go visit our family cemetery in the Texas Panhandle – Lieb Cemetery.  It is a little country cemetery out in a farming community that is maintained by the community.  I probably need to try to do my part at clean up this year for Memorial Day.

Our next stop was to see Washington on the Brazos.  This was the first capitol of Texas as a republic and is called the Birthplace of Texas.  We visited the museum and the information center.04-16-13 Washington on Brazos 0104-16-13 Washington on Brazos 02This is a replica of the building that the conference to write our declaration of independence from Mexico.  (The man was with the kids from a school in there for a field trip.)04-16-13 Washington on Brazos 03The bluebonnets were all around the grounds.04-16-13 Washington on Brazos 0704-16-13 Washington on Brazos 08

We are safely in Goose Island State Park, near Rockport, as I said.  Tomorrow I may try to find a laundromat and do a little wash.  Or maybe just a little sightseeing.  Depends on the weather.  Thanks for stopping by.

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Texas History

Monday we left Lake Livingston and drove toward Huntsville and eventually to Goose Island State Park near Rockport, Texas.  First I have to say I was quite impressed with a little town on Lake Livingston, Onalaska.  Now, I never even heard of this place until I noticed a cousin was living there.  We did not get a chance to see Larry as he was working and it just did not work out.  But if you ever get a chance to go through Onalaska, enjoy the drive.  The drive over the lake is really pretty and the town seemed to be a very nice place.  I think I would like to go back and see it a little closer.  Here is part of the view over the lake.

04-16-13 Lake Livingston from dam 0204-16-13 Lake Livingston from dam 0304-16-13 Lake Livingston from dam 0404-16-13 Lake Livingston from dam 05

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So as we are driving through Huntsville we see a sign pointing towards the grave of Sam Houston. Sam Houston was the first President of the Republic of Texas and a Texas hero, for those who do not know.  The cemetery is Oakwood Cemetery and is located next to the high school.  Really easy to find. 

04-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 02The monument was well maintained and quite impressive but I was really hoping to see the original stone but the graves themselves are covered by plants - hedges actually.04-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 2204-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 03

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The rest of the cemetery in really bad shape. Oh, there is a new section that seems to benefit from perpetual care.  04-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 05

 

 

This cemetery was started back in about 1864 and has many really old gravestones.

04-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 06

 

Many of the fences and stones are broken.

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The grass and weeds are just taking over.

04-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 0804-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 0904-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 1004-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 1104-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 1204-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 13And there are many Texas heroes and leaders buried in this cemetery.04-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 1404-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 1504-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 1604-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 1704-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 19Included in these heroes are soldiers from the Civil War.  04-16-13 Huntsville Sam Houston cemetery 20 I just think it is a shame that this cemetery is not better maintained.  I could understand if it was one out in the country somewhere as so many old cemeteries are; but this is in the heart of Huntsville.  And part of the cemetery is very well maintained.  OK, off my soapbox.  So many of our cemeteries get neglected.  It is just life moving on.  Makes me think I need to go visit our family cemetery in the Texas Panhandle – Lieb Cemetery.  It is a little country cemetery out in a farming community that is maintained by the community.  I probably need to try to do my part at clean up this year for Memorial Day.

Our next stop was to see Washington on the Brazos.  This was the first capitol of Texas as a republic and is called the Birthplace of Texas.  We visited the museum and the information center.04-16-13 Washington on Brazos 0104-16-13 Washington on Brazos 02This is a replica of the building that the conference to write our declaration of independence from Mexico.  (The man was with the kids from a school in there for a field trip.)04-16-13 Washington on Brazos 03The bluebonnets were all around the grounds.04-16-13 Washington on Brazos 0704-16-13 Washington on Brazos 08

We are safely in Goose Island State Park, near Rockport, as I said.  Tomorrow I may try to find a laundromat and do a little wash.  Or maybe just a little sightseeing.  Depends on the weather.  Thanks for stopping by.

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