Rockne Museum, Rockne, Texas

April 14, 2018 Rockne is an unincorporated area in Bastrop County [population in 2000 was 400] and is only a few miles from our campground.  We visited the Rockne Museum one Saturday afternoon. The area was settled by German Catholic immigrants in the mid-1850’s.  The area was known by several Read more…

Gonzales, Texas

April 10, 2018 We knew from our visit to the state history museum that the city of Gonzales, about 30 miles south of McMahan, had played a significant role in the Texas revolution so we checked it out.  The drive was pleasant:  Primrose, Indian paintbrush and Indian blanket (gaillardia) lined the highway. Read more…

Caldwell County Jail Museum

April 7, 2018 The fourth Caldwell County jail was built in 1908-09 with proceeds from a $25,000 bond issue.  Its five stories contain nine main cells divided into smaller compartments.  The sheriff and his family lived on the ground floor. Today the Historical Society operates a museum on the first Read more…

Texas Capitol Visitors Center

April 4, 2018 The Texas Capitol Visitors Center is housed in the former General Land Office which was completed in 1847.  The building is a combination of round-arch and Norman styles. Exhibit subjects include capitol construction, land grants made to soldiers of the Texas Revolution, and the writer O. Henry. Read more…

Texas Capitol, Austin, Texas

April 4, 2018 The construction of the Capitol we visited was authorized in 1881, and the completed building was dedicated in 1888.  It is made of Sunset Red granite. Statues of Stephen F. Austin, who led early colonization of the area that would become Texas, and Sam Houston, who led Read more…