Texas Lakes Trail Region

Texas Lakes Trail Region The Texas Lakes Trail is a 31 county region of North Central Texas that is full of history and culture.
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03/11/2020
Visit Mansfield

Visit Mansfield

So what's the World's Only St. Paddy's Pickle Parade all about? Check out this news report about it from a few years back and plan to be in town March 13 & 14 for all the pickled madness!

With the spring travel season starting, it is time to start thinking places to visit. I would like to suggest at trip to...
03/06/2020
Texas A&M University-Commerce Planetarium

With the spring travel season starting, it is time to start thinking places to visit. I would like to suggest at trip to the Texas A&M University-Commerce Planetarium. It is open on Friday nights for the public to visit.

Texas A&M University-Commerce #CommerceTexas Commerce TX Chamber of Commerce

It is always intriguing when we have local folks visit the Planetarium and tell us that they did not know the facility was there.

The A&M-Commerce Planetarium opened in 2006 and is located in the McFarland Science Building. Shows are presented every Friday night at 7 & 8 pm. The shows are available to anyone who would like to visit, they change frequently and tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for students or youth.

More information can be found on our website: www.tamuc.edu/Planetarium

Remember the Alamo.
03/06/2020

Remember the Alamo.

On this day in 1836, the fortified compound of San Antonio de Valero Mission, under siege for thirteen days by the Mexican army under General Antonio Lòpez de Santa Anna, was subjected to an early morning assault. After a fierce battle, lasting for perhaps some 90 minutes, the defenses of the Alamo were overrun and all the defenders were killed. The chapel fell last. The slogan "Remember the Alamo!" subsequently became a rallying cry for the Texas Revolution, and the Alamo became a famed Texas landmark.

To learn more about the battle, visit the Handbook of Texas >> http://bit.ly/2IqKzh2

I look forward to finding out the theme of the State Fair of Texas every year and here it is!
03/06/2020
NBC DFW Community

I look forward to finding out the theme of the State Fair of Texas every year and here it is!

What do Willie Nelson, NASA and tacos have in common? They’re all Texas icons — and that is the theme unveiled Thursday for this year’s State Fair of Texas. https://trib.al/V7EW9nc #BigTex

I love traveling the region meeting people and seeing new places. On a trip to Pilot Point, I was introduced to the crea...
03/04/2020

I love traveling the region meeting people and seeing new places. On a trip to Pilot Point, I was introduced to the creative and energetic Elizabeth Jones (AKA Lizzy Gator). She is an artist that has a passion for kinetic art and making the world a more beautiful place starting with her hometown. She transformed a former garage into a fascinating event venue with a B&B up stairs. Unique people and places can be found as you travel rural Texas. Check out her page for additional info.

LizzyGator Custom Creations Pilot Point Economic Development Pilot Point Main Street Pilot Point Chamber

Happy Texas Independence Day!
03/02/2020

Happy Texas Independence Day!

Happy Texas Independence Day! Today commemorates the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence on this day in 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos, where independence from Mexico was declared and the Republic of Texas was born.

The Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site complex—containing a replica of Independence Hall, Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, and the Star of the Republic Museumm—tells the origin story of the Republic of Texas and early statehood.

Visitors to the site can explore a replica of the modest frame building where the General Convention took place in 1836 and walk the same ground as those who signed the Texas Declaration of Independence.

While Texians fought against the Mexican army on battlefields, delegates gathered at Independence Hall to decide the fate of the future republic.

Across the property, visitors can see the 19th century come to life. Barrington Plantation provides a firsthand depiction of the post-presidential life of Anson Jones, the last president of the republic. Guests can watch as interpreters harvest crops and care for livestock.

They can even get in on the action themselves—visitors are encouraged to help around the plantation and learn what it took to operate the farm.

Today in Texas History
03/02/2020

Today in Texas History

Texas Declares Independence from Mexico, Becomes Republic

On 2 March 1836, Texas became a republic. On March 1 delegates from the seventeen Mexican municipalities of Texas and the settlement of Pecan Point met at Washington-on-the-Brazos to consider independence from Mexico. George C. Childress presented a resolution calling for independence, and the chairman of the convention appointed Childress to head a committee of five to draft a declaration of independence. In the early morning hours of March 2, the convention voted unanimously to accept the resolution. After fifty-eight members signed the document, Texas became the Republic of Texas. The change remained to be demonstrated to Mexico.
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Texas State Historical Association Handbook of Texas Online articles on:

The Convention of 1836 – http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/mjc12

The Republic of Texas – http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/mzr02

George Campbell Childress – http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fch28

The Texas Declaration of Independence – http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/mjtce

Pecan Point, Texas – http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hrp20

Washington-on-the-Brazos, Texas - http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hvw10

Glen Rose is a great family friendly destination for Spring Break. #springbreak
02/29/2020

Glen Rose is a great family friendly destination for Spring Break. #springbreak

6 Days until Spring Break in SoCoTx 🎉
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We are wild about Spring Break in Somervell County, which is why we are highlighting some of the things that make this place something special.
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One of our largest attractions to Somervell County is the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center located in Glen Rose, Texas. They have been home to some of the most amazing wildlife in Texas for the past 35 years! On your visit here, you will are able to drive your own vehicle through their 7.2-mile Gosdin Scenic Drive or enjoy a guided tour in one of their busses or vans, where you will be greeted by a variety of wildlife, including some endangered and exotic animals. In addition to the amazing wildlife you will see, you can also book a stay at one of their Lodge or cabins. Fossil Rim is open rain or shine, as the animals love all types if weather, making it a must-see when in Somervell County.
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For our Spring Breakers visiting their park, they do offer an early bird special where you can get a free bag of feed when you arrive at the park between 8am-9am, March 7th-22nd.
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For more info on Fossil Rim and to plan your visit please follow them on Facebook and Instagram or visit https://fossilrim.org/

#SomervellCounty #TravelTexas #FossilRim #SpringBreak2020

📸cred: Fossil Rim Wildlife Center

02/26/2020
Legoland Discovery Center

People are having too much fun with the leaning tower of Dallas. Lol.

Watch as we “slowly” start demolishing our LEGO Leaning Tower of Dallas!

Tons of family fun right here!
02/25/2020

Tons of family fun right here!

Y'all... SPRING BREAK is almost here! Get those kiddos off the couch and out to #ExploreGlenRose
Book your stay today!
https://www.glenrosetexas.org/visit/

The fight for Texas Independence.
02/25/2020

The fight for Texas Independence.

On this day in 1836, William Barret Travis, commanding the Texans under attack in the Alamo, wrote his famous letter addressed "To the People of Texas and All Americans in the World." In the letter, he pledged that he would "never surrender or retreat" and swore "Victory or Death." The predominant message, however, was an entreaty for help: "I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch."

Travis knew that his men, besieged by Mexican forces under Martín Perfecto de Cos, could not hold out long without reinforcements. Inspired by his letter, more troops did make their way to San Antonio, but too few and too late to avert disaster. Travis was among the first to die in the battle of the Alamo, on March 6.

For more on Travis, visit the Handbook of Texas >> http://bit.ly/2Tama47

Photo credit: Texas State Library and Archives Commission

I had no idea where these darn things came from.
02/23/2020

I had no idea where these darn things came from.

Tumbleweeds. We’ve all seen the videos of them gallivanting across West Texas. Those who live in the Panhandle and down South have likely dodged the weed while driving on the highway. But are they native to Texas? The answer is no. This hitch-hiker weed immigrated to America with Russian farmers. It lives, spreads, and dies in a life cycle that is ideally suited to the Texas Panhandle, the Permian Basin, and West Texas. Not everyone loves this romanticized icon of the West though. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service or TexasInvasives.org are trying to stop the spread of this non-native invasive weed. Love it or hate it though, it may still be the perfect weed.

To learn more about our invasive weed and indelible icon, flip to page 54 in our winter issue at:

https://issuu.com/authentictexas/docs/at-winter-2019-final?fr=sNzdiNDI5OTMyNA

Have y’all seen a tumbleweed in person before?

(📸 Dancing Tumbleweed from Schnooogg/Flickr.com and photo by Josh Pittman in Midland, Texas from 2013 found on FoxNews.com)

#TumbleweedTumbleweed #AuthenticThing #HitchHikerOfTheWest #AuthenticTexas

Texas Historical Commission
02/22/2020

Texas Historical Commission

In the decades following the Civil War, more than 6 million cattle—up to 10 million by some accounts—were herded out of Texas in one of the greatest migrations of animals ever known.

These 19th-century cattle drives laid the foundation for Texas’ wildly successful cattle industry and helped elevate the state out of post-Civil War despair and poverty.

Today, our search for an American identity often leads us back to the vision of the rugged and independent men and women of the cattle drive era. Although a number of cattle drive routes existed during this period, none captured the popular imagination like the one we know today as the Chisholm Trail.

Through songs, stories, and mythical tales, the Chisholm Trail has become a vital feature of American identity. Historians have long debated aspects of the Chisholm Trail’s history, including the exact route and even its name. Although they may argue over specifics, most would agree that the decades of the cattle drives were among the most colorful periods of Texas history

Herds traveling through the Round Rock area took several routes, but typically crossed Brushy Creek near the famous circular limestone rock that marked the low-water crossing point.

In addition to the namesake rock, Chisholm Trail Crossing Park also features a series of bronze sculptures commemorating the Chisholm Trail, including “The Pioneer Boy” and “The Pioneer Woman,” which honor the memory of Hattie Cluck, one of the first women to complete the Chisholm Trail.

The park is located in “Old Town,” where several historic buildings now house the Williamson Museum on the Chisholm Trail, a living history venue.

📷 Blacksmith shop in Round Rock circa 1880s by The Williamson Museum

02/20/2020
Tarrant County Black Historical & Genealogical Society

How great it is to have this history for all to see.
#Blackhistorymonth

THIS may very welll be the most enlightened 20 minutes of your day today. We are so grateful to the City of Fort Worth for producing this film. Wonderful interviews, beautiful drone photography, outstanding history by the people who lived it. Happy Black History Month to you all!!! https://vimeo.com/391295753?ref=fb-share&fbclid=IwAR2ozpZp4Ovzv1dyhrBFUd0ZsXxpX4WTArQM5VlaGlGh-b3w-WXlW5f9mtE

Keep it silly North Texas.
02/18/2020
NBC DFW

Keep it silly North Texas.

The 'Leaning Tower of Dallas' is a thing now after an implosion didn't go as planned. #LeaningTowerOfDallas

02/13/2020
The Promise - Glen Rose, TX

This sounds like an amazing production. Such a neat opportunity to see the Sound of Music in an amphitheater in the beautiful countryside of Glen Rose.

THE HILLS ARE ALIVE at The Promise - Glen Rose, TX! One of the most beloved musicals of all time is coming to life at our stunning Texas Amphitheater!

Bring the whole family to experience this classic production reimagined by one of America's most innovative directors, Brian Clowdus and presented by Brian Clowdus Experiences.

CONGRATS TO CONTEST WINNERS: April Densmore, Gina Wilde Tanner, and Melissa Hayden. To say thank you to all who participated here is a 10% off code to the performance of your choice.

Code: PROMISE10 (enter code in all caps)

Tickets available at: https://thepromiseglenrose.com

Group Discounts for up to 50% Off by calling 254.897.3926

#BCESoundOfMusic

The National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum is a great place to learn about contributions made to western heritag...
02/12/2020

The National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum is a great place to learn about contributions made to western heritage from people of all cultures. Bill Picket is one of the most famous and there is a sculpture of him bull-dogging near the museum in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards.

Bill Pickett, 2003 Hall of Fame Inductee, is the father of "bulldogging" and the best-known African American cowboy who created the unusual style of steer wrestling by using his teeth to subdue a steer. Learn more at: http://cowboysofcolor.org/profile.php?ID=33

#BlackHistoryMonth #CowboysofColor

An honorable woman buried her in the Lakes Trail region. If you plan to visit this site, you should also visit the Acton...
02/10/2020

An honorable woman buried her in the Lakes Trail region. If you plan to visit this site, you should also visit the Acton Nature Center of Hood County while you are in town.

In 1815, Elizabeth Patton married Davy Crockett, becoming Crockett’s second wife. In the mid-1850s, many years after Crockett’s 1836 death in the battle of the Alamo, Elizabeth moved her family from Tennessee to the Acton area to claim a land grant for the heirs of Alamo defenders. She and two of her sons settled on the 320 acres granted to them by the Republic of Texas.

After her death at the age of 72 on Jan. 31, 1860, Elizabeth was laid to rest in the Acton Cemetery, dressed in the widow's black she had worn since hearing of her husband's death.

In 1911, the state placed a monument at her burial site, commemorating the widow of one of the nation's most celebrated folk heroes.

02/09/2020
Travel Texas

Enter to win today!

Texas is full of small town charm! Enter the #LetsTXMainStreet Contest presented by Texas Historical Commission for a chance to win a weekend getaway for two to Denton, and see for yourself. Click here: LetsTexasMainStreet.com

Texas Historical Commission
02/09/2020

Texas Historical Commission

Civil rights leader Juanita Craft, born on this day in 1902 in Round Rock, helped bring about integration in her native Texas and create a more diverse nation and world. After joining the NAACP in 1935, she helped organize dozens of local offices.

The Juanita J. Craft Civil Rights House is one of only three house museums in the nation honoring major female figures in the modern civil rights movement. Craft, a leading civil rights and social justice reformer, lived in this 1920 Craftsman bungalow for 35 years.

She organized 185 NAACP branches and dozens of youth councils across Texas, and helped lead efforts to desegregate theaters, restaurants, the University of Texas School of Law, North Texas State University (now University of North Texas), and the State Fair of Texas.

She was elected to two terms as a Dallas city councilwoman and was honored with Dallas' highest civic honor, the Linz Award. The museum is managed by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs with programming coordinated by the South Dallas Cultural Center. #BlackHistoryMonth

Thank goodness for people that see the importance of preservation.
02/07/2020
Coffee roaster to move 115-year-old house set for demolition

Thank goodness for people that see the importance of preservation.

Give Shannon Neffendorf a pat on the back. The owner of Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters reached a deal with the developer that planned to tear down a two-story house in the Bishop Arts District that was built in 1905. Neffendorf plans to move the

Come out to celebrate the birthday of this amazing woman.
02/04/2020

Come out to celebrate the birthday of this amazing woman.

Historic Mesquite, Inc.
02/03/2020

Historic Mesquite, Inc.

See you this Saturday for Be Mine @ the Ranch. The weather will be lovely! For more information, and to let us know you're coming, visit our event page on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/655065725262964/

If you are involved in preservation, tourism, or just care about the stories that the landscape provides, this is a symp...
02/03/2020
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If you are involved in preservation, tourism, or just care about the stories that the landscape provides, this is a symposium for you. It is so great to have a educational opportunity of this quality right here in the heart of Texas.

Please note that the educational programs on Monday, February 24th and Tuesday, February 25th will take place at the Hilton Waco, and the bus to Bassett Farms Conservancy will depart from and return to the Hilton Waco on Wednesday, February 26th.

Clifton has such a rich history and it is a wonderful place to visit.
02/03/2020

Clifton has such a rich history and it is a wonderful place to visit.

A short drive from Waco sits the Norweigan Capital of Texas. It’s Clifton, originally named “Cliff Town” for the limestone outcrops lining the Bosque River. The community was designated a Texas Cultural Arts District in October 2011 for its abundance of public art and creative activity.

The Bosque Museum tells the story of how Cleng Peerson, Ole Canutseon, and Carl Engebretson Quaestad settled the area (Peerson was known as the “Norwegian Pathfinder to America” after gaining a grant for 313 acres in Bosque County in 1857 — afterward he persuaded many of his Norse peers to follow him).

To learn more about Norway on the Bosque, its Norwegian historical sights, and the area itself, flip to page 24 in our winter issue.

(📸: "Lover's Leap" cliffs on the Bosque River found at WacoHistory.org, "The Flocktail Party" by artists Jonathan, Emily Ding, and J. Muzacs found in Clifton's Art Alley, and St. Olaf's Lutheran Church in Cranfills Gap — a short trip from Clifton, that shares the same Norweiga roots found on Pinterest.com)

#NorweiganCapitalOfTexas #AuthenticTexas #OneTexasManyFaces #BrazosTrailRegion

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How to we get City of Lewisville tourism events shared to your event list? Thanks!