Trip Start Jan 09, 2009
99Trip End Jun 01, 2009
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Lockhart State Park
The next stop was the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum. This is a new building with excellent exhibits and today it was a very busy place. A new exhibit featuring the story of emigration through Galveston just opened and a series of Texas musical groups representing the various cultures in the evolution of the state as noted with the six flags of Texas - Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, Texas in the Confederacy and Texas in the United States were providing music in the main concourse. We opted to enjoy the music for a while after having lunch rather than exploring the exhibits.
The last stop was at the University of Texas to view the famous University tower and fountain. The LB Johnson library and other sites will have to wait for another time. Austin is a beautiful city with parkland along the Colorado River.
On the way back to the park we decided to check out the town of Lockhart and were intriqued with the architecture on the main street. The Caldwell County Court Building is a facinating building, while the number and size of the buildings lining the town square (the court building is in the center), suggest that there has been a lot of wealth in this area at some time. Many of the buildings are empty, at least above street level, but the town is obviously making an effort to preserve its heritage. The churches and library were equally interesting, ornate buildings suggesting an eastern European influence among the early settlers. The boomtown storefronts were made of brick and for the most part were two or more stories high, unlike those is some towns we have visited.