Lone Star Brewery was established in 1884 by Adolphus Busch and a group of San Antonio businessmen. The flagship beer is Lone Star Beer, "The National Beer of Texas." Both the original 1894 brewery and 1933 brewery buildings still stand in San Antonio, but the second location stopped brewing beer in 2000, and Lone Star Beer production is now contracted out to other breweries.
Lone Star was locally owned until purchased by Olympia Brewing Co. of Washington in 1976. In 1983, G. Heileman brewery in La Crosse purchased the brand and the brewery. In 1994 G. Heileman beers were purchased by a private equity firm, then Stroh's brought the brands in 1996. In 1999 Pabst bought the Stroh label and its collection of beers, and this company maintains ownership of Lone Star Beer today. Other than Lone Star, Pabst owns Old Milwaukee, Colt .45, Stroh's, Olympia, National Bohemian beer, and several other brands.
My favorite thing about Lone Star is the puzzles under the caps (http://www.lonestarbeer.com/fun_games/puzzlecapdecoder.aspx.
This state park preserves an area where a large amount of Dinosaur tracks (footprints) were found. Most were spirited away to museums in the past but a few remain along with some decent hiking trails.
In the Northwest of Texas, just 15 miles south of Amarillo is the 2nd largest canyon in the US, Palo Duro. Although not nearly as deep or dramatic as the Grand Canyon, this is still a great sight that is little known even in the US
The Texas State museum sits a few blocks from the State Capitol in Austin and outlines the history of Texas from prehistoric to modern times with a large area devoted to the war of independance from Mexico.
One of the few American cuisines id found in Texas. You will not find it at national chains. Ask a friendly Texan where you can find some good Tex-Mex food. They will point you to a local family owned place. Often kids run around and the whole family is staffing the restaurant.
This is often great food. Processed cheese sauce did not appear on any plate I had on my last trip. Some how in the rest of the U.S. processed cheese has become common at Mexican food places. Much of it will be fresh and the spicy food is welcome in this climate.
The U.S.S. Lexington Museum on the Bay allows visitors to take self-guided tours through the U.S.S. Lexington, a now-decommissioned aircraft carrier built during the Second World War. Visitors can wander around and explore the insides of the huge ship, sit behind the control panel of a fighter jet, ride in a flight simulator, or watch movies on a three-story screen in the 193-seat MEGA Theater.
The U.S.S. Lexington was one of 24 Essex-class aircraft carriers built during the Second World War. Called the "Blue Ghost" because she was painted blue, she was the fifth ship in the United States Navy to bear the name Lexington, in honor of the Battle of Lexington during the American Revolutionary War.
The U.S.S. Lexington was commissioned in 1943 and served in several campaigns in the Pacific Theater of Operations during the Second World War. After the war, she was decommissioned, but was reactivated in the early 1950s as an attack carrier, then later as an anti-submarine carrier. For over 22 years, the U.S.S. Lexington was used as a training carrier on the east coast until she was finally decommissioned in 1991. At that time, she was donated as a museum. In 2003, the U.S.S. Lexington was designated a National Historic Landmark.
Since it was decommissioned, there have been numerous sightings of apparitions and reports of unexplained voices and sounds. This prompted the popular television program Ghost Hunters to film an episode here, making the U.S.S. Lexingron a must-see destination for those interested in the paranormal.
The Amistad National Recreation Area is a joint US-Mexican venture brought about by the building of the Amistad (Friendship) dam forming a reservoir. Attractions predominately revolve around water activities like fishing, boating and watching wildlife; but there are also pre-historic pictographs accessible by foot and boat, and a few nice hiking trails. There is also a monument to the friendship between the US and Mexico on the Amistad Dam. The park has several different parts. I went to Amistad Dam and Reservoir, the Pecos River and the Visitors Center. My favorite part was the view of the Pecos River from the nature trail, and the Friendship Dam.
This is a must for American football fans especially fans of the Dallas Cowboys...to say that this place is overwhelming is an understatement.. Located in the city of Arlington Texas this Stadium is the biggest domed stadium with a retractable roof in the world...Completed in June 2009 at a cost of 1.15 billion dollars and holds 80,000 excited football fans.. this is some stadium..The hugeness of it is felt when standing in the centre of the playing field...To describe the statistics of this place would take forever...needless to say its a gigantic football stadium..I spent a few hours wandering around the various parts of the stadium and even when there is no game on there is still an army of staff coming and going...the logistics here must be really something to cope with the amount of people even just visiting..
While visiting a friend in Dallas I was offered a day out to visit The Texas Rangers Museum and Hall of Fame in Waco. which I immediately agreed to...This was a really hot Texas summers day and I must say being used to the heat I found the temperature really oppressive. .
The Texas Rangers Museum is dedicated to what used to be the most feared law enforcement agency in the country and still is I guess....Although not a big Museum there is enough armoury in here to start a world war...I have never seen so many Colt 45's the trademak weapon of the Texas Rangers along with the many and varied rifles especially the famous Winchester lever action..some of these weapons on display have their origins in early Spanish Mexico conflicts mostly confiscated in the over 180 year history of the Texas Rangers service to the public of Texas..The Texas Rangers are prominent in their stetson hats and colt 45's.
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Originally, the Army was stationed around the Alamo after coming to San Antonio in 1845. The Army then moved out here in 1876, evolving from an original 92 acres to over 3000 today. This was the largest Army post in the continental United states from 1910 until World War II.
Today, the main post is located east and south of a vast Parade Ground - jogging around the entire Parade Ground will score you a five mile run, something I used to do daily in my gung ho days - and officer family quarters are across on the other side.
The best place to start a visit to the Fort is to head to the Fort Sam Houston Museum located out near the southwestern edge of the Parade Grounds. Like most military posts today, Fort Sam is not open as it was in the days of my training. To enter, with identification, you need to pick up a daily visitor pass at one of three gates - the main two being Walters Street Gate on the south side of the post reached off I-35 and the Harry Wurzbach Road Gate reached on the north side of the post. The Fort was recognized for its historical importance in 1975 and comprises the largest collection of historical structures of any Department of Defense installation. Fifteen thousand people work on the post - ten thousand military and five thousand civilian - and it is interesting to note that two US Presidents - Dwight Eisenhower and Theodore Roosevelt - and some 13 Army Chiefs of Staff have served here at Fort Sam.
Note: to get around Fort Sam Houston, as most soldiers sadly find out quickly, you really need a car to get past the summer heat - I was here for six weeks where everyday was over 100 F with the nights never cooling as much as I had hoped (98 degrees at 10 PM!) - and the vastly laid out set up of the Fort.
Austin has a motto that is seen often as one drives through its streets--KEEP AUSTIN WEIRD! I think that might describe some of the activities along Sixth Street at 1 am, but during the day it's a nice little university town located to the south of Dallas and Ft. Worth.
One can't hear the name AUSTIN and not relate it to music. We recently visited during a jazz festival. The city is hoping to develop this event as New Orleans has in past years. There is a picturesque historic cemetery (the Texas State Cemetery), a grandfather tree older than Columbus (the Treaty Tree), a superb university (Texas State U) a Presidential library (Lyndon Baines Johnson)and historic buildings such as the Governors Mansion and the Capitol Building.
If you want to sense the flavor of historic Austin, check into the Driskill Hotel. To experience the excitement of Austin, visit when a Longhorns football game is being played!
Austin is located in the HILL COUNTRY region of Texas. To see more, please see my Austin travel pages.
This is proof that even on a 103F day you can have fun outdoors! Friends invited us to Six Flags this summer and in spite of the record temperatures we spent eight wonderful hours dashing on and off the rides, running in and out of the misters and sprinklers, getting tattoos (temporary) and just enjoying each others company.
Six Flags offers 20 thrill rides such as the Titan, Superman Tower of Power and Splash Water Falls, plus 20 kid/family friendly rides like the Mine Railroad, Roaring Rapids and Gocarts. Ten new rides were added this year alone!
There are usually discount specials for the park, which help defray the cost of entrance. Once school begins the park is only opened on weekends. The cost online is $39.95; $35.00 for kids under 48" and 2 and under are free. Hours vary seasonally.
We all had a terrific time at Six Flags and are looking forward to next year!
Arlington is located in the PRAIRIE AND LAKES region of Texas.
Grapevine, Texas is the oldest settlement in Tarrant County Texas. This historic town offers nine wineries which comprise a wine trail. Annual events like Main Street Days in May and Grapefest in September attract many visitors from the area. It is located a few miles north of Dallas.
The Gaylord Texan, a mega-resort which offers a unique stay with many amenities is located nearby. The Grapevine Opry has hosted guest performers such as Lee Ann Rimes and Charlie Walker on Saturdays throughout the year and features an in house band.
The Grapevine Vintage Railroad takes sightseers to Ft. Worth stockyards and back for a reasonable fee, while its Cotton Belt Depot is a visitor's center and museum for local lore.
Quaint buildings on main street have been refurbished and contain one of a kind shops and restaurants. The Grapevine Mills Discount Mall and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World have just about anything your heart desires. Stop by, you'll find alot to your liking here!
Grapevine is located in the PRAIRIES AND LAKES region of Texas. Please view my GRAPEVINE pages for more information.
Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park is revered as the site of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence on March 2, 1836, and as one of the capitols of the Republic of Texas. Today the park contains much of the historic township, a reconstruction of Independence Hall, Barrington Farm, and the restored home of Anson Jones (last president of the Republic of Texas).
To me the highlight was the Star of the Republic Museum, which is both entertaining and educational. I deem it worth a special trip for all those with even the slightest interest in history. If you're from the Lone Star State this museum will make you proud to be a Texan. Even non-Texans will find it fascinating.
Park ammenities also has a restaurant, conference center, gift shop, short walking trails, and shaded picnic areas overlooking the Brazos River.
Texas' small towns have rich histories, as well as some beautiful courtyards. Harrison County Courthouse is no exception, defining the heart of Marshall, TX.
The 1901 Harrison County Courthouse, designed by James Riely Gordon is built in a Renaissance Revival style. Harrison County received a planning grant which allows for exterior restoration that will address masonry, windows and selective demolition to open up the courtroom to its original two-story splendor, and the installation of fire stairs and elevator. Construction is underway and expected to be completed in October 2006.
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