Touring Texas

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Texasfirsthand.com is a great scource for Texas tourists looking for first hand information on Texas Travel, Texas touring information, Texas historic destinations. If you are looking for great restaurants, greats places to bed down ( hotels, motels, B&B's and more) we have listed only the ones we feel are the best. If its historical touring your interested in, we can tell you some of the best and interesting historical destinations in Texas and how, when and what to look for.

Years ago, It was explained to me, by a very wise old gentleman, that there was a great different between simply traveling to a destination and taking a journey. When one just travels,  your normal goal is to get from point A to point B as quickly as you can. And you would normally take the Interstate highways, or an aero plane  or airline airliner.

A journey on the other hand, is something completely different. It is  the essence of freedom itself, where time is not a factor and you can enjoy the scenery and enjoy a sense of discovery!  And even better, to share those moments with your companion, your little filly or your wife. The back roads of Texas, at one time, were the main roads of Texas!

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 La SalleIt Happened in Texas

 The Murder of Rene Robert Cavalier de La Salle

 René-Robert Cavelier was born on November 21, 1643, into a noble family in Rouen, France. When Cavelier was younger he enjoyed science and nature.  He was a noted French discoverer and explorer claiming vast territory in Canada and areas in  present day United States for France. In exploring the Mississippi, he named the basin of Mississippi La Louisiane which we know today as the great state of Louisiana.

 Texas Connection

 On July 24, 1684,La Salle departed France and returned to America with a large expedition designed to establish a French colony on the Gulf of Mexico, at the mouth of the Mississippi River but actually landed 500 miles west of their intended destination. They had four ships and 300 colonists. The expedition was plagued by pirates, hostile Indians, and poor navigation. One ship was lost to pirates in the West Indies, a second sank in the inlets of Matagorda Bay, and a third ran aground there. They founded Fort Saint Louis, on Garcitas Creek in Victoria County, Texas. La Salle led a group eastward on foot on three occasions to try to locate the mouth of the Mississippi.

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Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

The United State has Good Reason to Celebrate this Holiday Along with the Latinos

I recently watch a movie on Cinco de May, and for the first time I realized just how important this event and celebration is! If the battle of Pueblo had been lost to the French, in 1861, it could have changed history in the United States. France or I should say Napoleon Bonaparte, had intentions of siding with the Confederate States in order to defeat the Union forces. Had this happen, half of the United States might have been added to Napoleon Bonaparte's French empire. Via La Mexico!

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "fifth of May") is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated in the United States and regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla, where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla). It originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War, and today the date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride. In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day—the most important national patriotic holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16.

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Presidio La BahiaPresidio La Bahía

Touring Texas and it's many historical sites can be a lot fun as well as interesting, entertaining and educational.This is a great place to visting for a Texas Tourist.

Presidio La Bahía is one place we recommend for anyone visting or touring Texas. The Presidio La Bahia is located one mile south of Goliad, Texas on U.S. Highway 183 (77A).  Presidio La Bahia was established at this location in 1749, with Mission Espíritu Santo.  It has been owned by the Catholic Church since 1853 and is currently operated by the Catholic Diocese of Victoria, Texas.

During the mid-1960s, the Kathryn Stoner O'Connor Foundation funded a restoration project under the direction of architect Raiford Stripling and archeologist Roland Beard.  The fort was rebuilt to its 1836 appearance, based on documents and archeological evidence dating from the Texas Revolution.  Presidio La Bahía was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1967.

One present significance of the Presidio is that it and the two missions constitute the only surviving example of a Spanish Colonial mission/presidio complex in Texas and one of very few in North America.  The preservation of this relationship greatly enhances the visitors' understanding of the partnership between the Spanish Crown and the Catholic Church in colonizing the New World.

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Battleship Texas Self-Guided Tour

Visitor Tours & Programs

Self-guided tour of this mighty naval vessel will allow you a glimpse into the life of the men on board the Battleship Texas during World Wars I and II. Climb 60 feet above the water to the flying bridge or down 20 feet below the water into the engine room. View the restored sleeping quarters and medical facilities, engine room, guns, and anchors. Regular admission.

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Shawn Bruno, Bruno George Winery Sour Lake TexasWine Tasting at Bruno & George Wines

"As a wine maker, you have to represent the fruit." - Shawn  Bruno

Tucked away in the historic oil town of Sour Lake, Texas, North of Beaumont on Hwy. 105, is Bruno & George Wines, in business here for more than 12 years. Its owner, Shawn Bruno, a multi- generational Italian, started this winery in hopes of sharing with the public his family's fantastic Raisin Wine.

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Auroura spaceshiptThe Aurora UFO Incident

The Aurora UFO Incident is a UFO incident that reportedly occurred on April 17, 1897 in Aurora, Texas, a small town in the northwest corner of the DFW Metroplex. The incident (similar to the more famous Roswell UFO Incident 50 years later) reportedly resulted in a fatality from the crash. The alleged alien body is reportedly buried in an unmarked grave at the local cemetery.

During the 1896–1897 timeframe (some six or seven years before the Wright Brothers' first flight), numerous sightings of a cigar-shaped mystery airship were reported across the United States.

One of these accounts appeared in the April 19, 1897 edition of the Dallas Morning News. Written by Aurora resident S.E. Haydon, the alleged UFO is said to have hit a windmill on the property of a Judge J.S. Proctor two days earlier at around 6am local (Central) time, resulting in its crash.

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Old Highway 75

State Highway 75 ( length 133 mils ) is a Texas state route remnant of the old U.S. Highway 75. State Highway 75 retained the number as a state highway when Interstate 45 supplanted U.S. Highway 75 south of Dallas except in Dallas, where old U.S. Highway 75 is now State Highway 310, and through Ferris, Palmer, Ennis, and Corsicana, where the old highway is signed as Business Route I-45. This route was designated in 1987.

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Sugar Ridge Winery, Bristol Texas

As I mention before, I am a great fan of back road  touring. Here is another little gem we found traveling the back roads of Texas. The  Sugar Ridge Winery. The Sugar Ridge Winery located in Bristol, Texas,  a small historic town located in the north eastern part of Ellis County Just South of Dallas County. I think there are four building still standing in the town that once had a pouplulation of several thousand. But due to the depression of the 30's, like many towns, it just never bounced back to it's former glory before the financial collapse of 1929.

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