Battleship TEXAS - with pictures!

Trip Start Jan 01, 2010
Trip End May 14, 2010

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

After school, we tried to meet up with my friend Carla, who had been living in Houston for a few months. This was our first time in Houston since knowing this, and our last time before leaving Texas, but we were sad to find out that when I called, Carla was in the airport leaving for New Hampshire. Bummer! Maybe some other time...

Kelsey and I, then, went to Buffalo Wild Wings for lunch. Like last time, we played Texas Hold'em as we ate our wings. Kelsey was fantastic! I'd seen better days at the table. Oh well. We still wanted to get to our sightseeing adventure that day, and we let time get away from us. So it looked like we would just barely be making it to our destination on time.

We had planned to visit Battleship Texas, a memorial battleship that is retired in a harbor southeast of Houston. As we drove closer to the park, and closer to closing time, we soon realized that we would have to cross a ferry! I think it was a new experience for our van. Fortunately, it wasn't a long trip, and we made to to the park with minutes to spare.

Although we made it to the park on time, we didn't have a long time to leisurely peruse the battleship. It was a pretty brisk self-guided tour, but we took lots of pictures. I'll leave you with those pictures to view at your leisure, as well as this little excerpt:

In 1948, the Battleship Texas became the first battleship memorial museum in the U.S. That same year, on the anniversary of Texas Independence, the Texas was presented to the State of Texas and commissioned as the flagship of the Texas Navy. In 1983, the Texas was placed under the stewardship of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and is permanently anchored on the Buffalo Bayou and the busy Houston Ship Channel. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's 1,200-acre San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site consists of the Battleground, Monument and Battleship Texas. These sites are located within minutes of downtown Houston and a short distance to the beaches of Galveston Island. Millions of visitors come to this area each year to enjoy the mild coastal climate and cultural and sports activities. Students and visitors alike are most fortunate to be able to experience history first hand through living history at the San Jacinto Battleground and Battleship Texas.
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