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Soaring gas prices may
keep Texans closer to
home during the summer.
wanting to explore their
own backyards while gain-
ing an appreciation of their
state's past, excellent
travel opportunities exist.
One great possibility for an educa-
tion vacation this year can be found in
the cities along the Texas Independence
Trail. From battlefields, to missions, and
historic towns, the sights and sounds of
Texas' march to independence are front
Take along the fact-filled trail guide
that provides background information
and a full explanation of how the 41 cit-
ies spotlighted on the trail played a role in
the fight for freedom from Mexican rule.
For instance, travelers using the guide
will learn that General Sam Houston
and his army camped in Columbus, a
Stephen E Austin Old Three Hundred
settlement that was later burned in the
Runaway Scrape. Visitors to Colum-
bus today will find the restored 188
Stafford Opera House, the Colorad
County Courthouse with a staine
glass interior dome, and an abundance
of historic homes.
Another trail city is Floresville, horn
to the stabilized ruins of Rancho d
las Cabras, a ranching outpost tha
served one of San Antonio's missions
The 1884 courthouse designed by A1
fred Giles occupies a spot on the town
So whether the objective is to impala
a sense of pride in the younger genera
tion, enhance one's own understand
ing of the state's storied history, or jus
plain fun, a road trip along along th
Texas Independence Trail will not dis
For a free travel brochure, visit wwv
pendencetrail.org, or call 877-558
Get a Texas History Passport
Historic sites across the Lone Star St
have created a way for visitors to re-I
the events of the Texas Revolution wh
exploring the places where this hist
was made. The "Passport to Texas H
tory" is designed to look like the offi
government travel visa, and similarly, v
Travelers stopping at Presidio La Bahia, near Goliad, will see this memorial honor
ing the 342 soldiers led by Colonel James Fannin who were massacred on Mar
27, 1836. Photograph courtesy of Presidio La Bahia.
TEXAS REV(*.Im N
itors can get their book stamped at each
historic site that they visit.
* Gonzales, site of the first skirmish
ate of the Texas Revolution on October 2,
iile * San Felipe, the site of Stephen E
ory Austin's first colony, established in 1823;
[is- * San Antonio, home of five Catho-
cial lic missions built in the early 1700s to
vis- convert the native population. In 1836,
defenders at the Mission San Antonio de
Valero (Alamo) were defeated by Mexi-
* Washington-on-the-Brazos, the
place where representatives of Texas
settlements met to make a formal decla-
ration of independence from Mexico in
early March 1836;
* Goliad, upon orders from Santa
Anna, 342 of Colonel James Fannin's men
met their deaths here on March 27, 1836;
* La Porte (22 miles east of Houston),
location of The San Jacinto Monument,
on the site where Mexican rule over Tex-
as came to an end on April 21, 1836.
Those who collect stamps from all Tex-
as history sites will receive a commemo-
Or- rative gift from the Texas Independence
ch Trail Region, available through the end
of this year.
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