The Volunteer Firemen Monument on the Texas State Capitol grounds is in honor of volunteer firemen in the state who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The monument consists of an engraved ganite pedestal topped by a bronze statue of a fireman holding a baby. The monument was erected by the State Firemen's Association of Texas in 1896.
Listed on the base of the monument are then names of several firemen, going back to 1877, along with the dates and the name of the fire in which they lost their lives. These inscriptions are incomplete and contain a few errors, however they remain because of the monument's historical value. Names may still be added at the request of local fire departments.
State Firemen's Memorial
George W. Bush, President of the United States, is a former Governor of Texas, and he still maintains a home and ranch in Crawford, Texas. Bush's portrait is hanging in the rotunda of the State Capitol Building.
Admittedly, as of this writing, the president's ratings are not as high as they could be. However, he still holds the highest office in the United States, and many people consider him to be the most powerful man in the world. If you pass by, pay your respects to Mr. Bush. If you can't agree with all of his policies, at least honor his high office.
The White House
Beside the Texas Capitol building are the remains of two underground reservoirs built to store rainwater for use in the Capitol. By 1889 an artesian well was supplying plenty of water, but it was heavily mineralized, so the rainwater stored in the Capitol Cisterns continuted to be used for fresh water until a municipal water system was built.
Rainwater was collected from the Capitol's roof through a series of concealed gutters, downspouts and pipes. A coal fired steam pump in the basement sent water throughout the building for drinking, restrooms and fire protection. Another interesting use of the cistern water was that it filled a large iron storage tank in the attic to provide power for the original hydraulic elevator. The top hatch of the cistern, seen in this photo, provided access for checking the water level and for maintainence.
Texas which is the only state to have been independent before joining the USA cannot have a small capitol.
The one of Austin is the biggest after the Washington Capitol. It was the highest building in Austin before the Frost Bank Tower was built.
During Texas' rough time as a territory, it was bounced around through 6 different countries. This obviously led to a lot of loyalists of each of the 6. Obviously with that many differing opinions, trouble was to ensue. On several occassions the buildings that were used to hold the Capitol were burnt to the ground. One of the former Capitol Grounds is now a park dedicated to honoring the different sites that burnt.
This park is located directly across from the current capitol, in a nice little garden setting.
Visit the tallest state capitol (taller even than the U.S. Congress--Texans like to do things big), a sprawling pink granite structure. The gift shop (in a small building on the grounds) offers brochures that describe self-guided walking tours through the historic areas and sells fun Texas stuff plus cookbooks and a wide range of books (e.g., guides to the missions, histories of black Texans, German Texans, Italian Texans, etc.).
Fondest memory: 6th Street.