Freedom's journeys in Texas

By freedom prince

Tyler

Cultural Site

A library existed in Tyler at various locations since the 1890s, first as a subscription library, but it was converted to a free public one in 1901. Andrew Carnegie, from a poor Scottish family that immigrated to the United States in 1848, became a powerful businessman in the American steel industry. He spent his last years as a philanthropist, which included building over 2,500 libraries worldwide. Tyler received a $15,000 donation from Carnegie to build a new home for its library. Private funds were used to buy the lot, furnishings, and landscaping. It was completed in 1904 on the northwest corner of South College Avenue and West Elm Street. In 1936 an expansion on the west side doubled its size. The library moved to a new building south across the street in 1980.Carnegie History Center is operated by the Smith County Historical Society
Formerly used as Carnegie Public Library and it was a library for a couple years and then they added a Museum onto the building.They call it the Carnegie History Center because they have a lot of history books and a history Museum.The Carnegie Public Library was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

Historical Site

Camp ford is a confederate prisoner camp along the west Mississippi river during the American civil war. The camp was closed in May 19 , 1865. At its peak in July 1864, over 5,300 prisoners were detained there . The site of the camp stockade is now a public park, owned by Smith County ,Texas, and managed by the Smith County Historical society and so tourists.The park features a kiosk with extensive graphics detailing the history of the camp, a walking trail with more interpretive signage, a picnic area, and a reconstruction of the cabin of Lt. Col J.B. Leake. Several years ago, a group of individuals unsuccessfully attempted to take over management of the Camp Ford Historic Park. They formed an organization called the "Camp Ford Historical Association" and have engaged in fund raising activities. This group has no association with the Camp Ford Historic Park, the Smith County Historical Society, or the governmental entity of Smith County, Texas. No funds raised by them have been used, nor in any probability will be used, for preservation or work at the Camp Ford Historic Park, which encompasses the actual site of the Camp Ford stockade.

Natural Site

Tyler State Park features a cool, 64-acre spring-fed lake, 100-foot tall trees, and historic structures. It educates people about the park and you can bird watch, look into the trees , swim in the lake , go biking , picnic and etc..

Beginning around 1690, new groups moved into this part of Texas. The Spanish established missions, French fur traders set up trade routes, and Native American groups settled along rivers and creeks.

Smith County was created in 1846, shortly after Texas joined the United States.

The Civil War did not miss Smith County. Camp Ford housed up to 6,000 Federal prisoners. It was the largest prisoner-of-war camp west of the Mississippi. Other Confederate facilities here were an ordnance works; a medical laboratory; and a rifle works.

Main roads and rail lines bypassed the area of the present-day park, so agriculture and timber were the main land uses here. Deep ravines made farming difficult, so private landowners sold the land to the state in 1934 and 1935.

Austin

Cultural Site

Austin Children's museum first opened in 1983, the Austin's Children's Museum moved to its current location in 1997. The institution aims to provide innovative learning experience for kids and their families. Through interactive exhibits, science demonstrations, camps, workshops, and other special programs, the museum uses play to help local children learn and grow. With everything from storytime to gingerbread house decorating during the holidays, the museum is a fun place for people of all ages. The downtown location within walking distance of many eateries is also hard to beat.

Natural Site

Stephen F. Austin state Park. The first colony… Nestled on the banks of the Brazos River, the park provides the opportunity to get up close to nature. Located 30 minutes from the outskirts of Houston, this quiet and peaceful park is a nice escape from busy city life. Come out for the day and enjoy 6-miles of hiking and biking trails, a picnic area, geocaching , or spend the night, with a wide variety of campsites , including pull-through 30 amp full hook-up RV sites, and tent campsites. There is also a group campsite for up to 60 people, screened shelters , and a rustic ADA accessible Mini-cabin with a cedar interior. The park also offers a Group Lodge/Barracks that will sleep up to 26 people, a Screened dining hall with an outdoor tent camping area, and a day-use Recreation Hall.

Historical Site

Chief Justice Jack Pope is widely acknowledged in the legal community as one of the Texas judiciary’s brightest stars. During his 38 years

on the bench, he not only authored more than one thousand opinions, many of them landmark cases, but he also led the charge to bring about fundamental reforms in the judicial system.

CJ Pope’s articles, lectures, and essays on the common law and the

art and science of judicial decision-making—many of them unpublished until now—are gems of legal writing. This book, which includes the best of those writings as well as excerpts from 10 of his landmark Civil Appeals Court and Supreme Court opinions, is a must-read for Texas attorneys and judges as well as others interested in the evolution of Texas law.

Fredricksburg

Cultural Site

Clear River Pecan Bakery is a bakery that does things a little different than other bakeries. They have more than 75 pastries and ice cream and ice cream cones.They sell sandwiches, Cheesecake, ice cream,toppings, and homemade soup. They always make their homemade ice cream in the mornings and the day before so its not really bitter and then the sell it the next day in the afternoon.They also have a lot of toppings for your ice cream cheesecake.

Natural Site

Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park has over 150 acres of land.Rolling hills and rambling Live Oak Creek set the stage for a really nice day. It is a nice quiet place to rest. Five pavilions (four with barbecue pits) are the greatest spot for birthday parties, class and family reunions, school field trips, wedding and more. Baseball/softball fields are available for a casual game or can be reserved. A sand volleyball court and outdoor basketball courts are available. The park offers a beautiful setting for large and small groups no matter the occasion. This park is also have many events throughout the year at the park.

Historical Site

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic site is a learning experience for kids and family's because it teaches you about the pioneers and the living style the pioneers lived in. like what kind of farm or house they lived in and how they worked on the fields without all of the technology that we have in the present day today.

Lubbock

Cultural

Saigon Café is a Vietnamese and Sushi restaurant. They make their soups really hot and different kinds of heats like spicy, Mild , and the regular. The soup is also homemade. The restaurant is over 50 years old and has never went out of business. The food there is also healthy to eat. It has protein in most of the foods in the restaurant.

Historical

The Silent Wings Museum has the history of the World War II military glider program by creating a history for collecting the history of world war 2, documenting, and exhibiting artifacts and information for public education and researching what you want to learn about the gliders.In 1971, pilots of the U.S. Army Air Force’s Glider Program came together to form the National World War 2 Glidier Pilots Association. Their objective was to form a forum for glider pilots to connect socially and acquire the structure for the collection of the history of the U.S. glider program.

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At 248 acres, Mackenzie Park is Lubbock's largest recreation area and comes with a wide choice of fun. You can play golf at the new renovated Meadowbrook Golf Course, or for more choices , the park offers a world-class disc golf course and Joyland Amusement Park. You can also visit Prairie Dog Town and watch the Prairie dogs run freely around the town , or bring your horses and ride through huge landscapes on the park’s grassy trails. A new sculpture garden, the ALON/USA Fina "Crossroads of Time" comes with larger-than-life sculptures of the artist Steve Teeters and looks really nice at Mackenzie Park.

Galveston

Cultural sites

San Giacinto Gaido first opened his doors to Gaido's the seafood restaurant to the public in 1911. The same year air conditioning was invented, the Gulf was happy with a bounty of fresh seafood and cool air. From that day forward, Gaido’s popularity as the freshest fish house on the Gulf grew from S.G. Gaido’s unwavering commitment to serve only the best.

Historical sites

At Hotel Galvez you can host a Galveston wedding or corporate retreat in the expansive banquet and event facilities at this upscale hotel near the beach across the street. Delicious onsite dining means you will never need to leave the hotel for top quality cuisine, while onsite business center allows you to find peace and quiet when you need to attend to all your business needs. The Hotel Galvez & Spa proudly features a deluxe fitness center and relaxing day spa for a full wellness experience near the Gulf of Mexico. The heated outdoor pool, complete with swim up bar, makes it easy to spend time surrounded by calming breezes and scenic beauty.

Natural sites

The park contains habitats that host a variety of wildlife. Shore birds, raccoons, armadillos and rabbits are found in the park. Fishing is a popular fun thing to do at the park.

The park has 2,000 acres of upper Gulf Coast barrier island ecosystem. The barrier islands serve as transition zones between land and ocean, they support a variety of distinct regions, including beaches, prairies and wetlands. The beaches also protect the mainland from storms.

Amarillo

Cultral Sites

In 1960 he opened a restaurant called The Big Texas sTeak Ranch on Route66. They have good steaks that are cooked over an open flame. He made the place look westernly so everyone would feel right at home. .

Histrorical sites

Prominent area rancher Lee Bivins (1862-1929) built this elegant town home in 1905. The brick and stone structure features classical styling. Bivins pioneered much of the oil and gas development. A community leader, Bivins was serving as mayor of Amarillo at the time of his death.

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Huston

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El Paso

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