Two Historic Fountains, made of elaborate cast iron, Offer refreshment to the passer-by near the mid point of the Great Walk. They were manufactured by J. W. Fiske of New York in 1904 and brought to the Texas Capitol where they were placed in oval pools.
The fountains were removed and the ovals converted into flower beds in the 1940s. However, in 1996 reproduction fountains were installed and the oval pools reconstructed according to the original plan.
In this picture I'm quenching my thirst at one of the fountains.
The World War I Veterans Monument was erected 1961 by the membership of the Department of Texas, Veterans of Foreign Wars. The monument is constructed of Texas "Sunset Red" granite.
Instead of naming the Texans who fought in the conflict it lists the barracks and auxiliaries that participated in the monument's erection. Although the monument is dedicated to the memory of World War I veterans, it seems to me that the real honor is given to the organizations responsible for building the monument. That's just my personal observation.
Texans and the First World War
This Statue of Liberty replica was erected in 1951 by the Boy Scouts of America. During the 1950's and 60's, the Boy Scouts worked hard to donate about 200 such replicas of Lady Liberty to cities and towns across America.
The bronze miniature Statue of Liberty, about eight feet high, is mounted on a native limestone base. It was presented to the State of Texas by the Boy Scouts as a "pledge of everlasting fidelity and loyalty." The statue was relocated from the south grounds of the State Capitol to a new pedestal on the north grounds in 1997. A time-capsule buried nearby is to be opened by Scout officials in 2076. I'd like to be around to see what the capsule contains.
The Statue of Liberty
This monument on the grounds of the Texas Capitol in Austin depicts six children on a school field trip to the Capitol. School children in more than 600 Texas schools raised the funds necessary to complete the statues. The life-sized bronze figures, installed at ground level, are the work of sculptor Lawrence Ludtke.
Tribute to Texas Children was dedicated in June 1998. It is said to be the only monument of it's type in the United States.
News of Texas School Children Monument
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.
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.