Texas Road Trip

By: Tyler Rose

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Tyler Historical

I arrive in Tyler on this wonderful day feel an awful thirsty, I went to a person that works at the airport and asked her where would I find the nearest water fountain? She said That there is one in The Historic Aviation Memorial Museum, I thanked her and was on my way. I looked at my map to see where the car rental would be, and it was just past the museum. When I got there I saw a sign that said "The Historic Aviation Memorial Museum, This is a non-profit Organization, This was built for those who served for Texas in WW2. I bought a ticket and the person behind the desk told me to wait here. She came back with a nice tour-guide. As we walk she told some stuff that I never would have known like "In July 2007, we expanded into the North Terminal Building which is the original airline terminal. This wonderful expansion that let us to almost triple our exhibit space for aviation items, we also did many other improvements such as enlarge our gift shop and library, add a multimedia theater room, and provide educational programs like camps and after school activities. Our hangar facility continues hangar space for the flying aircraft. All of these areas are being paid for by non-government volunteer pledges and contributions." After she was done I had dinner at the cafe, got my car and went to my hotel.

Tyler's Natural Parks

Lindsey Park

Tyler's Culture

Corpus Christi

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Historical and Natural

I decided to go some where by the beach because, I am in the Gulf Coastal Plains. I find that smack dab right on the coast of the gulf I find the USS Lexington. It is Called the “Blue Ghost” by Japanese servicemen who believed they had sunk the aircraft carrier no fewer than four times during World War II, the USS Lexington now rests as a museum in Corpus Christi, Texas. While I was on the USS Lexington the tour-guide told me loads of fun facts like, The USS Lexington is as tall as a 19 story building and as long as three New York City blocks, You could park more than 1,000 automobiles on its flight deck, It has more telephones than a city of 5,000. By the end of the day she had told me at least a 1,000 different facts about the ship.

Culture

Mexico's culture is perhaps hardest cultures ever. There is almost no websites or anything on this topic. They have native legends and so many other stuff that I have yet to find out about Mexicans.

Mexicans have a lot of traditions. Many of them are present in music, which reminds them of the music produced by the ancient Aztec’s drums and ceremonies.

Myan traditions are important to Mexican culture, and maybe the biggest forms of expression that represent the Mexican pride on those traditions are paintings.

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Abilene

History

The population rose from 10,274 to 23,175 between 1920 and 1930. Between 1940 and 1950 it increased from 26,612 to 45,570, and then doubled in the following decade to 90,638. In 1988 the population was 108,157; in 1990 it was 106,654. As in most of West Texas, Anglo-Saxon Protestants predominate in Abilene. Since 1890 there was lots whites and Hispanics, it was 93 percent or above. By the 1980s almost 1/8 was Mexican.

The oil industry is a huge impact on Abilene. Ever since they found oil Abilene was an actual city.

Early Culture that changed Abilene

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Culture

This video is about how some of the culture in Abilene is Indian. It also shows who has been in Abilene and what time they were there.

Natural

A Natural thing in Abilene is a lake. Lake Abilene is...

Location: On Elm Creek 20 miles south of Abilene
Surface area: 595 acres
Maximum depth: 25 feet

Brownwood

History

The original town of Brownwood was east of Pecan Bayou. People had already lived there and the town of Brownwood moved to the east side of Pecan Bayou. The city was finally built in 1889 and has grown since then.

During the Second World War, Brownwood was the location of U.S. Army Camp Bowie, which had over 80,000 soldiers. Camp Bowie is used as a training camp today in Brownwood.

On 19 April 1976, an F5 Tornado struck near Brownwood, causing extensive damage, and making the town of Brownwood completely start over and build a brand new city for 20,407.

Lake

I found this pic it is the chart of fish that live in Lake Brownwood. It is located 10 miles north of Brownwood, and 70 miles southeast of Abilene. Surface area: 6,490 acres Maximum depth: 95 feet
Depot Civic & Cultural Center - Brownwood

Culture

Ballroom - 2,590 sq ft - Holds 185 theater style or 140 banquet style. Kitchen Area - refrigerator, small chest freezer, two ovens, one (3 drawer) warmer, and two microwaves. Scale room -31,140 sq ftRoom next to scales - 950 sq ft. Holds 30 theater style. End room - 572 sq ft. Holds 30 theater style.

Lubbock

History

I visited Texas Tech University and found some interesting history. The county of Lubbock was founded in 1876, it was named after Thomas Saltus Lubbock, a former park ranger. Lubbock was not founded till 1890, and the county of Lubbock is now called Old Lubbock. Lubbock is now in between Old Lubbock and Monterey. From 1910 - 2013 we have increased by 237600 people.

Culture

The Metro Tower, also known as the NTS Tower, is a skyscraper in Lubbock, Texas. Completed in 1955, it is the tallest building in Lubbock, it is 274 feet. The 20-story skyscraper was known as the Great Plains Life Building after an insurance company that served as its first occupant. It suffered heavy damage in the 1970 Lubbock tornado. After renovation, the building was reopened in 1975 and has been used ever since.

Natural

Brazos River with a width of 0.3 mi and just under 50 ft of depth. It has a length of 75 mi long. People and families come here every year and swim in this beautiful river.

Sweetwater

History

Sweetwater or Rail Road Town, Sweetwater started a rail-road service in 1881 and finally completed a rail-road on March 10. The first train was sent out on March 12. To introduce this new service they added 3 lake towns along and in Sweetwater. In 1903 The started construction to 3 more places, Kansas City, Mexico, and Orient Railway. Gulf Refinery operated there from 1929 to 1954, and at one time the town was a large telegraph center.

Natural

I decided to go camping. There are two campgrounds at Lake Sweetwater. Lake Sweetwater Municipal Park Campground is the larger and is located at the base of the north side of the dam. The other is on the east side of the dam next to Pappy's Bait and Grill.

Cultural

I decided to go to a Rattle-snake round-up. It was so fun, they have hosted the Round-up since 1958. They capture about 5,000 pounds of Rattle Snakes per year. They have many stations including the venom station, the head station, the body station, and the crafting station. Also, at the round-up they host a gun show, carnival, flee market,and many other attractions.

El Paso

History

This is a picture of Hitler who supported the holocaust. I went there and found so many new and different facts about the Holocaust. I never new that so many people died.

Culture

The El Paso Museum was founded in 1959, it is currently located in downtown El Paso. It was renovated in 1998. The museum gets visited by over 100,000 anxious people each year. The El Paso Museum of art is known best for its 57-piece Samuel H. Kress Collection of European art made in the 12th century. The museum has a huge collection of south western art too.

Natural

Franklin Mountains are a huge part in the mountain and basins region since its the Mountain and Basins region.The Franklin Mountains are a small range (23 miles long, 3 miles wide) that extend from El Paso Tx, to New Mexico.

Monahans

Culture

Back in 1928, Shell Oil Company needed a place to store crude, a lot of it. Since the price was climbing, they built a container big enough to match the growths of crude oil. The result was the Million Barrel Tank! The tank stood empty for decades, until people in the 50s decided to turn it into a water park. They added a boat ramp and barley attracted boaters and fishermen. A lady told me when I was there "I personally was there in the summer of 1958 when I was in high school when they tried to turn it into a stock car racetrack after it would not hold water long enough for fishing and swimming. It was my aunt, after my uncle's passing in 1980, that turned it into a museum and donated it to the state."

History

I went to city hall and found a booklet that was nicely folded in 3rds. the Booklet said this "In 1880, shortly after the Texas & Pacific Railway was completed to Sierra Blanca, a person called John Thomas or pat Monahan discovered water at the west of the sandhills. The water source came to be called Monahan's Well by the summer of 1881. Later, a pump station was built and that's how Monahans was built." To the left is the sandhills.

Culture

One of the cultures that I found in Monhanas is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or Mormons. I picked this because, I am mormon and I thought that it would be cool if I looked at it in another region besides a region with lots of members.