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Texas Bucket List – W: Washington-On-The-Brazos ~ Blogging Through The Alphabet

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Last summer, At Home Dad and I visited the “birthplace of Texas.” It is called Washington-On-The-Brazos. It is the city of Washington which happens to be located on the Brazos River. We enjoyed it so much that we went back and took the girls. It was a fantastic history experience for them.

There is a little hall there that has been recreated to be like the original site of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence. There is fantastic visitor center that houses an exhibit about the declaring of independence of Texas from Mexico and how those years as an independent nation went. Then it covers the period until Texas became a state of the United States of America. It is a well done exhibit that really shares the history, people, and artifacts that bring history to life.

The delegates that met in Independence Hall were important men from a wide-spread area. They came and participated because they wanted to do what was right and have a say in getting things set down well. These 59 men and the work they did in creating a Declaration of Independence and Constitution are often overshadowed by the fall of the Alamo, as they occurred within days of each other. However, they were a part of the same fight for freedom that the people of Texas were fighting. So many people played a part in this fight for freedom and this exhibit showcased a lot of them.

On site, there is also the Star of the Republic Museum. It houses and exhibits thousands of artifacts from the period of Texas as an independent nation. The artifacts are fascinating and the history that accompanies them is well done. The purpose of the museum is to “collect and preserve the material culture of the Texas Republic (1836-1846) and to interpret the history, cultures, diversity and values of early Texans.” There is a chronological history of Texas, with artifacts to support each part. The second floor showcases different styles of home and the affluence of different people. There are also artifacts from different professions, past times, and necessary items. It is fascinating.

If you want to see a living history site, you can also visit the Barrington Farm. It is a reproduction of a farm from the end of the time of the Republic of Texas. It is based on the Anson Jones family. Dr. Jones was the last president of the Republic of Texas and this was his home. It is worked authentically with people dressed in period clothing. We were a bit disappointed in this site but it could have been because the people were all busy with a school tour. It was interesting to look through the authentically furnished dog-run cabin, see the gardens, the smokehouse, and other buildings needed to run a farm.

Washington-On-The-Brazos is a great site to visit. Take a picnic lunch, walk some of the grounds, explore the museums and sites, and drink in the Texas outdoors. A definite recommmend!

Blessings,
At Home.

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This is a weekly series and will be linked weekly with the Blogging Through The Alphabet co-hosts:
Amanda at Hopkins Homeschool
Kirsten at Doodle Mom
Jennifer at Worth a Bowed Head
Kimberley at Vintage Blue Suitcase
Desiree at Our Homeschool Notebook
Markie at My Life As Mrs. Cooks
Hilary at Walking Fruitfully

Texas Bucket List – V: Valley of Dinosaurs ~ Blogging Through the Alphabet

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Texas is not often one of the places where people think of right off when it comes to dinosaurs. But, there is actually a very large area of Texas where you should think of dinosaurs. It is often referred to as the Valley of Dinosaurs but is maybe better known to people familiar with the Park Service as Dinosaur Valley State Park.

Located in Glen Rose, TX, this is an area where lots of dinosaur tracks have been well preserved. Along the Paluxy River, there are sauropod tracks and theropod tracks in the mud by what is believed to have been an ancient ocean. When the river is not too high, you can walk along the river and walk in the tracks left by the dinosaurs. Some places, you can go swimming and cool off from the hot sun.

When we went, it was September and still blazing hot. We waded in the river and walked along the tracks. It was a fun experience and gave us opportunity to discuss the truth of God’s word in relation to modern science with the girls. Many of the signs in the park refer to “millions of years ago” so just know that going in so you can speak truth with your children.

There are five sites within the park that hold tracks. This gives you a lot of viewing opportunity and some good hiking, as well. It is a lovely park. Take a picnic and enjoy the day. It was a good trip. Maybe it is time to visit again.

Close by is Dinosaur World and Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, both places I would enjoy visiting.

Blessings,
At Home.

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This is a weekly series and will be linked weekly with the Blogging Through The Alphabet co-hosts:
Amanda at Hopkins Homeschool
Kirsten at Doodle Mom
Jennifer at Worth a Bowed Head
Kimberley at Vintage Blue Suitcase
Desiree at Our Homeschool Notebook
Markie at My Life As Mrs. Cooks
Hilary at Walking Fruitfully

Texas Bucket List – U: Up on the Texas Star ~ Blogging Through the Alphabet

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The Texas State Fair experience is not complete without a trip to up in the air on the Texas Star. This is a gigantic ferris wheel that allows you to see miles across the city of Dallas.

Last fall, we visited the state fair and had a blast. Going up on the Texas Star ferris wheel was definitely one of the highlights. You can see so much and it is such fun to be high up above the fair grounds. Everyone enjoys looking around and looking down, knowing you are safe in the seats.

If it is not on your Texas bucket list, this is one of those things that everyone should do. It is a rite of passage for being a Texan, I think. Or at least it is in this family. 🙂

Blessings,
At Home.

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This is a weekly series and will be linked weekly with the Blogging Through The Alphabet co-hosts:
Amanda at Hopkins Homeschool
Kirsten at Doodle Mom
Jennifer at Worth a Bowed Head
Kimberley at Vintage Blue Suitcase
Desiree at Our Homeschool Notebook
Markie at My Life As Mrs. Cooks
Hilary at Walking Fruitfully

Texas Bucket List – T: Texas! Musical ~ Blogging Through the Alphabet

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Even when I was growing up in NM, I heard about the musical that took place each summer in Canyon, TX, titled TEXAS! It was supposed to be a really fun, outdoor experience. As someone who loves musicals, this has always appealed to me. Yet, I have never gone and not taken my girls yet!

Taking place in the lovely Palo Duro Canyon, this is a singing, dancing, theatrical production of the history of the settlers in the Panhandle of Texas. While it is fictional, it is based on the history of the folks of the area. With all styles of dance and music, costumes, and fireworks, there is something for everyone.

Taking place in an outdoor ampitheater, it features the history of the 1800s in the Texas Panhandle. It was written by Paul Green, a playwright who was brought to the area to interest him in writing it. He became interested and went right to work. The production he began in 1960 is still going strong today.

One of these days, we are going to take a trip to western Texas and the Palo Duro Canyon area so that we can view this wonderful history production with all the theatricals my girls would love.

Blessings,
At Home.

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This is a weekly series and will be linked weekly with the Blogging Through The Alphabet co-hosts:
Amanda at Hopkins Homeschool
Kirsten at Doodle Mom
Jennifer at Worth a Bowed Head
Kimberley at Vintage Blue Suitcase
Desiree at Our Homeschool Notebook
Markie at My Life As Mrs. Cooks
Hilary at Walking Fruitfully

Texas Bucket List – S: Sonora Caverns ~ Blogging Through The Alphabet

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Caverns are always interesting to me and I find myself drawn to visit them. Of course, I don’t get to as often as I would like. We have lived not too far from several well-known caverns for a while now and I still have not visited them.

Sonora Caverns is some of those sites I would love to visit. Technically called the Caverns of Sonora, they are supposed to be lovely. The formations are found all over the caverns and some are even overhanging the trails. There are several options for tours into the caverns.

Found outside of Sonora, TX, the caverns are on land that is rich in limestone. The caverns were found on land owned by a ranching family, the Mayfields. A small opening was found first. As folks began exploring, bit by bit, they found larger and more beautiful areas of the caverns.

In 1957, one of the cavers noticed that humans were beginning to impact the cave. He pushed for preservation and protection of the cave. He was successful and after steps were taken to protect the cavern, it was opened to the public in 1960.

Blessings,
At Home.

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This is a weekly series and will be linked weekly with the Blogging Through The Alphabet co-hosts:
Amanda at Hopkins Homeschool
Kirsten at Doodle Mom
Jennifer at Worth a Bowed Head
Kimberley at Vintage Blue Suitcase
Desiree at Our Homeschool Notebook
Markie at My Life As Mrs. Cooks
Hilary at Walking Fruitfully

Texas Bucket List – R: Rangers ~ Blogging Through the Alphabet

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So today, I have two for you. Rangers. Texas Rangers. Truly – that is what both of my groups are called.

  • Texas Rangers – the law enforcement group
  • Texas Rangers – the baseball team

Texas Rangers – Law Enforcement

There is an excellent museum in Waco about the Texas Rangers. It has informative and interesting displays about the men who have served in this difficult role from its inception in 1823. The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum covers the history of this group and includes exhibits of artifacts and interesting cases. There are weaponry displays and information on some of the movies that have features Rangers. It is a museum that will take a couple of hours to go through, longer if you have an interest in law enforcement or weapons. Paying tribute to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty is one of the more poignant sections of this museum.

The museum hosts educational activities throughout the year and two of our girls were able to participate in a forensics class put on by the museum. We have visited the Ranger museum several times and enjoy it each time.

Texas Rangers – Major League Baseball

I did not know much about baseball when I met my husband. I came from an area that did not have baseball. Something I found out early on was that he and his grandad enjoyed baseball. A lot. That has petered out over the years, especially since his grandad passed away, but I still enjoy going to a baseball game every once in a while. One of the first times I visited my husband’s grandparents was when they bought us tickets to a Rangers game. It was so much fun! I have enjoyed baseball since then, though we seldom catch a game anymore. We have taken the girls to a baseball game but we could not afford the Rangers tickets so we went to the Rough Riders, which is a minor league team. They have gone up in price so much that it is definitely a major special occasion to go. Which is sad because it was such a lovely park and such fun to watch the players. Still, Texas Rangers baseball is a fun thing to do if you have the opportunity.

Blessings,
At Home.

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This is a weekly series and will be linked weekly with the Blogging Through The Alphabet co-hosts:
Amanda at Hopkins Homeschool
Kirsten at Doodle Mom
Jennifer at Worth a Bowed Head
Kimberley at Vintage Blue Suitcase
Desiree at Our Homeschool Notebook
Markie at My Life As Mrs. Cooks
Hilary at Walking Fruitfully

Texas Bucket List – Q: Quanah Parker Trail ~ Blogging Through The Alphabet

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The Quanah Parker Trail is a 52-county driving adventure that is designed to share with the traveler stops that highlight Quanah Parker, the Comanche, and other Plains Indians. It is found is the western part of the state of Texas, mainly the Panhandle and the Plains of west Texas. However, the story of Quanah Parker starts much closer to our current home.

Just a county over is the original Fort Parker, where Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped from in 1836 as a nine-year-old girl. The Comanche raised her as one of their own. She grew up and became the wife of Peta Nocona, a Comanche leader. She had children with him and one of their sons is known as Quanah Parker, the last great Comanche leader.

The Quanah Parker Trail commemorates this great Comanche leader and other Plains Indian tribes and peoples. Each stop of the trail is marked with a giant arrow stuck in the ground. The stops are places with a real or legendary connection to Quanah Parker and his people or other Plains Indians. This leader had the difficult job of helping the Comanche people realize that the white settlers were taking over and that the native peoples had to adapt or die off. Quanah Parker led his people into the new culture that was surrounding them and this trail commemorates that difficult leadership role he had.

I know that I have seen these giant arrows while driving through west Texas before but I had no idea what they were representing. Now, I know to stop when I see one next on my way to New Mexico. I will find something interesting there. Maybe we could make it a driving tour sometime and spend several days visiting these sites. I would truly enjoy that!

Blessings,
At Home.

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This is a weekly series and will be linked weekly with the Blogging Through The Alphabet co-hosts:
Amanda at Hopkins Homeschool
Kirsten at Doodle Mom
Jennifer at Worth a Bowed Head
Kimberley at Vintage Blue Suitcase
Desiree at Our Homeschool Notebook
Markie at My Life As Mrs. Cooks
Hilary at Walking Fruitfully

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