Backroads of Texas. The Sites, Scenes, History, People, And by Larry Hodge, Ed Syers

By Larry Hodge, Ed Syers

This new version takes you off the key highways to find the attractions, scenes, heritage, and areas that make the Lone big name country certain.

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In 1835, the Battle of Gonzales became Texas’ Lexington. Winning there, Texans pushed on to San Antonio, stormed and captured that city. A massive invasion by the Dictator Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna resulted in early 1836 Texas disasters at The Alamo and the Goliad Massacre. However, on April 21, 1836, Sam Houston, Texan commander-in-chief, ended a long retreat, turned on Santa Anna at San Jacinto, and inflicted a crushing defeat resulting eventually in Texas independence. The ten years of Texas’ life as a republic were consumed with a struggle for democratic institutions, fiscal stability, and efforts to clear its land of the Indian (primarily the Comanche) and to ward off further Mexican invasion while bringing law and order within its own borders.

The 300 to 1300 blocks of S. Crockett contain restored Victorian houses; 905 is open for tours. The old opera house is at 300 N. Travis. Kelly Square, a restored three-story turn-of-the-century building at 115 S. Travis, houses art, antique, food, and other shops.

They range the spectrum: blues, lavenders, reds and orange-reds, pinks, yellows, whites, and scores of delicately intermediate shades. Particularly in spring, they blanket the landscape. A rough rule of thumb is to look for the delicate blues and pinks early in the seasons, these deepening to warmer colors—oranges and yellows—as summer wears on. Most familiar and famous is the Texas state flower, the bluebonnet (buffalo clover, el conejo, or Lupinus texensis). A close second is the orange-pink Indian paintbrush so often seen in massed company with the bluebonnet.

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