#39g San Jacinto Monument in Houston

RTT (Return to Texas)
September 9 - October 26, 2006

Day 11 - Tuesday
September 19, 2006
208 miles

Magnolia, TX to Seabrook, TX

Wedding's over. Leftover cake is gone. Time to move on. I went through Cleveland, Texas on the way to find another stamp and visit some more friends.

The visitor center for the Big Ticket National Preserve is just a few miles north of Kountze.
Kountze, Texas
Big Thicket National Preserve
Big Thicket Visitor Center

Big Thicket visitor center First Texas stamp collected.  

From the Big Thicket National Preserve, I went back thru Kountze and on to Seabrook to visit another friend.

Recognize this bridge from the GTT trip?
Fred Hartman Bridge, Texas
Actually a very pleasant bridge to ride over when it's not a downpour of rain.

Day 12 - Thursday
September 20, 2006
60 miles

Seabrook, TX to Houston, TX

Spent the night with friends in Seabrook, then took off again to the northwest side of Houston.

On the way was the San Jacinto Monument and Battleship Texas. Time for some Texas History.
San Jacinto Monument
On April 21, 1836, the Mexican rule over Texas came to a dramatic close.
The result of the Texas Revolution, climaxing at the Battle of San Jacinto, eventually moved America’s western border to the all the way to the Pacific Ocean.


The San Jacinto Memorial Monument is 570 ft tall, from the ground to the top of the star.

It is 555 ft from the first floor to the top of the star.

This makes it the world's tallest memorial column.

By comparison, the Washington Monument in DC is 555 ft tall.

Inscription on monument:
"Measured by its results, San Jacinto was one of the decisive battles of the world. The freedom of Texas from Mexico won here led to annexation and to the Mexican War, resulting in the acquisition by the United States of the states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California, Utah and parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas and Oklahoma. Almost one-third of the present area of the American Nation, nearly a million square miles of territory, changed sovereignty."

San Jacinto Monument

The USS Texas is the only surviving U.S. naval vessel to have seen service in both World Wars. At the end of the war, she made three "Magic Carpet" voyages to California, bringing troops home from the Pacific. The Texas was retired in 1946 and transferred to the State of Texas April 21, 1948.

USS Texas
Fleeter made a friend ...  

Houston Police Department Motor Patrol  

Spending tonight at friend Andrea's in north Houston for more serious visiting with a good friend.

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