Archive for November 14, 2006

Stephen F. Austin State Park Lady Exposed Me.

Stephen F. Austin Museum LadyMan did I feel small.

I took a fabulous trip to Stephen F. Austin state park outside of Houston Texas on Sunday November 12th, 2006. The weather was fantastic… but the mosquitos were huge.

I finished the day up by entering a small “museum” that was dedicated to “Stephen F. Austin” father of Texas. It apparently has been a while since I studied any history, especially Texas history, and that is where the shrinking begins.

I asked the lady at the museum if Stephen F. Austin was ever a “president” of independent Texas?

She looked at me like I was dumb and shook her head. I am a big guy and she was about 4’10” so this must have looked funny.

She asked, “When did the Texas revolution from Mexico take place?”

I looked dumb some more.

She shakes her head again, “They won their independenci in 1836.” Still shaking her head.

he explained that Mr. Austin could not possibly have been president as he was in Washington D.C. in 1836 when the first elections took place and dead by the time the second happened. So how does a guy that wasn’t in the Texas reveloution get to be the “father of Texas”?

Stephen F. Austin was the guy incharge of colonizing Texas under Mexican control (You got your land grants from him). Mexico had a “constitution” much like ours at the time so everything was good until they started making themselves dictators and ignoring the whole “freedom of the people” thingy. Santa Anna became a dictator.

Stephen F. went down to Mexico City to try to work things out and didn’t even meet with Santa Anna. He wrote a letter back to Texas saying things were bad… and that letter got him thrown into a Mexican Prison (you think they are bad now???) He stayed for quite a while.

When he got out… Sam Houston, and William Travis were already planning war. They sent Austin to Washington D.C. to try and get help from the United States. There was no help. Austin missed all of the fighting and lost the election to a very popular Sam Houston. Sam made Austin the “Secretary of State” to get Texas recognized as a independent country… which he did. When he came back he was ill and that is pretty much the end of the story (he died). He was never married and he gave his entire life to Texas.

I learned this all in a few minutes of time with the “State Park Lady” so I am very appreciative.

She Rocks.

Thanks Lady.

November 14, 2006 at 7:16 pm 1 comment


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