The Battleship Texas is huge first of all!! But did you know it was in both World War I and II? The ship was launched on May 18, 1912 and commissioned on March 12, 1914. BB-35 was the most powerful military weapon in the world at the time. The ship was the first US Battleship to mount anti-aircraft guns and first to control the gunfire with directors and range keepers that greatly assisted with firing accuracy. The Battleship also was one of the first to get radars in the US Navy in 1939. She helped protect the personnel on the ship and the US citizens. Then on April 21, 1948, 36 years after her launch, she was decommissioned and became a memorial ship for Texas.
You’ll find these murals about the San Jacinto Battle along the Independence Pkwy. S., in La Porte, TX on the way to see the USS Texas Battleship
“In 1835 Colonel James Morgan was appointed agent for a company called the New Washington Association. He immediately purchased for the company an enormous quantity of land in Harrisburg, Liberty & the point at the mouth of the San Jacinto River & Galveston Bay. Here he laid out the town of New Washington (later to become Morgan’s Point). The company brought a number of Scottish highlanders & free blacks from New York, including Emily D. West (the legendary Yellow Rose of Texas) to the colony.” (Source: City of Morgan’s Point)
(PHOTO CREDITS: All photos were generously provided courtesy of Houston Transtar and are property of Houston Transtar)
While I knewHouston Transtar existed and my Dad had taken their tour years ago, I knew almost nothing about what they do there. I reached out to Ms. Dinah Massie, Public Information Officer who couldn’t have been any nicer, knowledgeable and (just saying), has great fashion sense too . We met May 16, 2017 for my tour.
What a little treasure of a park!! The 49 acre, Memorial Park in Pasadena, Texas was just beautiful and I was shocked to only see a grand total of 9 people there!!! If I lived closer I would be there a LOT!!!
Having had some other things to do in La Porte, Texas, I decided to check out Sylvan Beach for the first time. Well, good news/bad news…of course I just “happened” to go when they were getting ready for a huge firework show and event with Clay Walker singing, etc. so the beach was closed! However, good news is that I was allowed to hurry and snap a few quick photos as a favor and will likely return soon 🙂 ! It seemed nice, quite and pretty. Just not sure if that was due to it being closed or not…stay tuned on that part 🙂