Texas Road Trip

By Hasan Raza

Epic Trip

I think it's enough time to explore Texas at it's fullest. I'm exploring Texas by myself and This will be my journal entry for all the cities I go to, I will at least do eight cities in each Major. One major city and one minor city in all four regions.

High Plains: Victoria Day 1

Victoria is a city where it has a lot of old buildings when I was driving through, but its not the majority of the buildings there because it was a very small town when settlers moved in. Victoria was also named after the first Mexican president Guadalupe Victoria, I found it in the town museum, it's also a cathedral city and has lots of churches as you expect. When I was driving to Victoria this city is guarded by way more famous cities like Dallas or San Antonio. I've decided to look at a google map and saw that Victoria was 50 miles away from the Gulf of Mexico. Which is moderately close to the Gulf of Mexico, I mean someone could just waste 25 minutes going there. Another close landform is the Guadeloupe river, I found it while I was biking east an d like in it's region it is mostly flat so that is another place where you want to relax with cooling water! the climate here in Victoria has to be very hot especially in summer because it is September 3rd and it's 95 Fahrenheit I felt like the sun was burning my skin. The town not only suffers the temperature, but also the cause of storms too because when walking, observing the town I saw a broken down building a town man said that was the remains of the last hurricane in 2003 named Claudette. So after seeing that broken down building I went to a museum called the museum of coastal bend and it holds artifacts of a mission named Nuestra Señora Del Espíritu Santo De Zúñiga In 1722. That was a mouthful anyways it was established so It can secure Texas coastlines from the French and to gather local indians. Unfortunately the Indians weren't interested so it created tension between the Mexican soldiers and the indians. To solve that problem 4 years later from 1722 they relocated to a more desired location in the Guadeloupe river.

Victoria Culture

Victoria's culture specifies in mainly theatre and history because so far I saw at least 4 museums. They do at least 6 productions of plays in one season intact I've just watched one and I have to say it was pretty good and I could see some potential in that art. Victoria is also a Major baseball fan, Don't believe me tell that to the 17 baseball fields I've found already and I've been told that there is more so it's a definite fact that Victoria is a major fan of baseball. They even have there own mall as you can guess the Victoria Mall.... not that much creativity now a days, anyways Victoria people dress old school as you can guess since it was very old.
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My conclusion

My conclusion of Victoria is that it was a very famous city when the spanish ruled the world, now due to hurricanes and sever storms. Still I was thinking that Victoria was very famous, but then hurricanes destroyed everything just like Galveston. Anyways this was my first day next one is in the gulf coastal plains of course and I'm not telling you so see you.

High Plains: Lubbock Day 2

Welcome to my second entry which is Lubbock here it is.I visited a place called the cactus movie which was also the first movie theater in Lubbock for neighborhoods. Unfortunately the theater had to go out of business due to competition, Luckily the movie theater got remodeled in 1995 with a new crew and still open today as we speak. I went to watch it and the performance was great with plays and old time movies. So I was asking people if there were any land forms in Lubbock and one did say about one named Yellow House Creek and told me the directions there so I rode my car saw what it looked like and it was a combination kind of because it had a creek and a canyon. My estimate for the depth of the river is that it is 45 feet because I could see the bottom with my naked eye and the length of the creek is 64 miles. The mountain side was at least 7 meters tall and a mile wide in fact this place even had a battle before between the Indians and Texans. So for my historical site I went to the National Ranching Heritage Center because It's one of Lubbock's greatest museum. Lubbock was founded in 1786 which was named after a Texas ranger named Thomas Lubbock who was also the brother of the governor of Texas during the civil war. Lubbock is also home to Texas tech which was founded in 1923. Here in 1951 a V shaped of lights were all across Lubbock which was called the Lubbock lights and are not classified a hoax ,but put that sighting at the bottom of their worries. The last major historical event in Lubbock is a tornado that killed 26 people from an F5 tornado and also hit a building that has been the tallest building to be hit by a tornado

North Central Plains: Paris Day 3

Cultural Site

So this is my 3rd day which is in Paris Tx, not Paris in France, it is Paris Texas. So Paris was mainly founded in 1839 and mainly built to be home for settlers who want to be at home like in France and thats why they built the Eiffel tower replica in 1993 and the culture there you could guess is France like. In fact I'm at the Eiffel tower replica right now. The replica also has a cowboy hat on top because it's a symbol of that it's a Texas replica and to also show that it was made Texas style. It was the second largest Eiffel Tower replica standing at 74 feet meaning 4 feet taller than the Tennessee replica, until Las Vegas made a replica standing at 540 feet.

Historical Site

For my Historical site I decided to do the Paris fire 1916 and I am going to Lamar County Courthouse because that building was a direct hit from the fire. In fact there were actually two other fires at the same time which both fire collided and became one. The fire was so big that the only the fire department could've stopped it is as if they had seen the fire first before it became gigantic. After the fire in the morning everyone had to come for the cemetery of everyone who died including the damage and medicine of 40,000 dollars

Natural Site

For my Natural site I'm doing the Culbertson fountain which is a symbol of Texas history and also a symbol of it's toughness because the fountain gone through the Paris fire so don't mess with Texas? The fountain was built in 1924 and completed in 1927 and it was built because it was a gift tom Mr. Culbertson who was a France citizen. He also built this structure because he wanted to give respect to the People in Paris Texas for finding this country and making it home for France people. So you could defiantly see relationship between France and Texas.

North Central Plains: Fredericksburg Day 4

Historical Site

All right, as for my 4th city I am doing Fredericksburg so enjoy. Fredericksburg was founded in 1846 and it was named after prince Frederick in Prussia. Fredericksburg is also a home to Germans where they could actually feel like they're in home, that's why it's established. In Fredericksburg I've decided to go to the Pioneer museum complex which is practically a museum about the events and what it was like about the pioneer age in Texas. In 1847 Roemer a food scientist decided the diet of the people was bear meat, corn and coffee, he also discovered dysentery in Fredericksburg. What Dysentery do is a stomachache that engulfs the throat and both lungs which can cause Daily Fatalities in the Pioneer age.

Cultural Site

Fredericksburg culture is mainly German like I said because it's main purpose of why it was established or founded is that it could be a place for Germans that reminded them of home. Fredericksburg was also purposely made for peaches and the person who made it the capital of peaches in Texas is known as Benjamin Lester, he was also a math and science teacher at Fredericksburg High school. Popular songs made in Fredericksburg are Stoned which was made in 1995's and Chester Nimitz Oriental Garden Waltz which was also a song in the 90's made by Austin Lounge Lizards.

Natural Site

Cross Mountain is where I'm going for my natural site, Cross mountain has a elevation of 584 meters which is pretty big. Native Americans used this mountain for territory bounds and to use this for signals and big landmarks of where they are. The mountain is also used still today for ceremonies and sports event like scouts or eater services. Cross mountain is also the corner border between San Antonio and Fredericksburg. There is currently a perfect lookout that was made natural and also used by native Americans we talked about earlier.

Gulf Coastal Plains: Texarkana Day 5

Historical Site

So this is my 5th day and I'm doing Texarkana so I hope you enjoy. Texarkana did not and still today does not know who it's founder is meaning Texarkana is pretty mysterious. Texarkana is also a city the is right behind the border of Texas and across from this city is the state Arkansas. For my historical site I am going to the Texarkana museum system so lets get started, Texarkana is the only town in the whole U.S. where it has a county that was destroyed, but then to be Reestablished later. Miller county was the name of the county and it was founded in 1820 to honor James Miller who was Arkansas first government person. It was also a county to represent the border between Texas and Mexico.

Cultural Site

Texarkana is the head town of the American Baptist Association whose missionary churches are most common in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Mississippi. For my Cultural site I am going to a Festival. In fact Texarkana has at least 10 Festivals each year, so I've heard that Texarkana is referenced in a lot of songs like Cotton Field by the Blues, Highway men by Buck Owens, The beach boy and Clearance clear water Revival which were all by the lead of the blues which is Lead Belly and much more song referenced Texarkana. Texarkana is referenced in a book named A Canticle for Leibowitz in Where Texarkana rises as a capital and expands and conquers the U.S. after centuries from a Nuclear war.

Natural Site

The elevation of the city is 91 meters with at least 0.4 square miles of water and 29.0 square miles of land. For my Natural site I'm going to Hurricane river cavern in Texarkana. I found a lot of Stalagmites and if you don't know stalagmites are, they are natural columns raised from the floor of the Cavern. I also found Stalactites (which are basically an icicle or rock hanging from the ceiling of the cave.) and even rim stone. The cave even has its signature waterfall that drops 12 hundred gallons per minute which is pretty rad, but at the same time it could kill or injure someone.

Gulf Coast Plains Day 6: Brownsville

Historical Site

Brownsville was established in 1848 and founded by Charles Stillman and the city was named after a major named Jacob Brown. For my Historical site I'm going to Fort brown which was a military post during the Mexican-American war and the war between Texas and Mexico. Brownsville once served as a smuggling point for confederate goods by smuggling Mexican people during the American Revolution. In 1846 Fort brown was under the command of Zachary Taylor and Joseph K. Mansfield. They also built a star shaped out of 800 men they trained, originally this fort was named Fort Texas during the Mexican Revolution. Then the Fort played a part in American Mexican war, unfortunately one of the Majors Jacob Brown ,had died in the war including with 2 Americans during the Siege of fort Texas, so that is why Fort Texas is now called Fort Brown.

Cultural site

Brownsville specializes in art galleries and museums and they also learn around the world culture especially Mexico sine that country is the closest country to them. Plus since Mexico greets Brownsville a lot often they need to know their culture and language so they can communicate to them and be good friends. For my cultural site I'm going to Brownsville Latin Jazz Festival because it's about Latin and since Brownsville studies Latin, that means Brownsville's culture is related to Latin and I like Jazz. Apparently Brownsville culture is very respectful Jazz music and they love it a lot, it also includes Mexican music as you can guess. I went to the festival and it was epic and I also loved how there were a lot of unique instruments like Bari Sax to the Mexican Guitar to the Cello.

Natural Site

For my natural site I'm going to the Resaca De La Palma State Park, which is a World birding center meaning if you like bird watching than thesis the place. The park has at least 1,200 acres with a 2.76 mile track loop inside. The park offers a lot of things to do like archery and it even has a butterfly, bird walk, nature hikes, yoga and even night hikes and I find this very unique. This place also works with a lot of big wildlife companies like the Texas parks, wildlife department, Rio Grande Valley communities and U.S. big fish and Wildlife services.

Fort Stockton: Mountains and Basins Day 7

Historical Site

Fort Stockton was founded in 1859 and named after Robert Field Stockton since he was a general. Fort stockton was actually wasn't a city or town back than, instead it was camp for troops ready to battle. The historical site I'm going to do is Anna rigs memorial museum because it tells about Fort Stockton history a lot, especially in the time of the American Civil war. So basically The armies in Fort Stockton that were controlled by Confederate majors trained soldiers for battle at least 19 years with 4 groups and each group had a group in them for cavalry. That wasn't even the insane part because the real insane part is that all the soldiers trained were just the cavalry and there was not a single foot men meaning all the soldiers trained in the probably died fastest since they were on horseback.

Cultural Site

For my cultural site I'm going to Pecos County Cowboy Church since the whole town or fort are into cowboys. Fort stockton is known for having the second largest roadrunner in the world, the animal at 10 feet high and 22 feet long. The citizens are still proud to have a big road runner even if it is last or first, They even dress the road runner for holidays like Christmas or Halloween. The Town isn't big, but it is very spirited and has a lot of Christian churches so it's obvious that they are Christian.

Natural Site

For my natural site I'm going to Comanche Springs because The town grew up around the springs and to top this off, the Comanche springs is the largest spring source in Texas. The water feature received its name when a comanche was killed when trying to offend travelers to the spring and to make this more scarier, the Comanche was covered in wolf's hide. It was also a long trail that lead to Mexico in which Indians this source to find travelers. The reason why fort Stockton grew up around this spring is that so they could protect this water feature from raiding Indians who try to take this away and there were a lot of attempts from the Indians to take the spring away.

Mountains and Basins Fort Davis: Day 8

Historical Site

For my Historical Site I'm going to Fort Davis National Historic site, It was Texas post to defend from attacking Indians From 1854 to 1891 and it had a lot of purposes like to protect useful materials. Examples are emigrants, mail coaches and freight wagons, Now it's used for tourist attractions, plant life and Hospital projects. The town was established in 1854 at Limpia creek and was named after Jefferson Davis who was the secretary of war, Lt. Washington Seawell was commander in charge of the fort back then. At the start of the American Cvil war the Fort was evacuated 1861 so they don't have to be physically captured by the confederacy troops and used this post for defending against the Union.

Cultural Site

For my Cultural site I'm going to H.E. Spoul ranch which also includes a hotel. So The activities they have there are Hunting as a big major, and tours. To me it looks like Fort Davis is really into hunting because they literally have a breeding station for all the different animals available to hunt and their guns are top notch too. So practically Fort Davis is really interested in Hunting and a lot of outside activities like hiking, sports and I bet that they specialize in Archaeology.

Natural Site

For my Natural site I am going to the Davis Mountains which is the biggest mountain range in all of Texas, the range is 10 miles to the Northwest and extends sixty miles in a V shaped form. The Highest Elevation in the Davis Mountains is 8,378 feet with the 5th highest peak in the state. It was founded in August 1583 by Europeans when friendly Indians gave them a tour about the Mountains. The Davis Mountains was formed by two violent volcano bursts 30 million years ago, one was a volcano near Alpine and the other was Northwest of Fort Davis.