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Posted: 7/4/2001 5:33:55 AM EDT
LA Times http://www.latimes.com/wires/20010704/tCB00V6080.html Wednesday, July 4, 2001 Texas Towns Mark Independence Day Associated Press Writer In the supremely patriotic Texas towns of Old Glory, Independence and Liberty, celebrating the Fourth of July is as much a responsibility as a holiday. "We are the only town in the U.S. with the name Old Glory," said Joe Castro, vice president of the Old Glory Days committee. "With a name like that, we had to have a celebration." Old Glory, with a population of 70 northwest of Dallas, was predominantly a German town in the late 1800s called Brandenburg. Residents voted to change the name in 1918 to show patriotism during World War I. Motorcycle shows, arts and crafts and a car show will be part of the three-day festivities to celebrate the nation's 225th birthday. Texas isn't the only state dotted with patriotically named places. They stretch from Freedom, Maine, to Independence, Ore. But Texans take their freedom seriously, even celebrating March 2, the day Texas signed its Declaration of Independence from Mexico in 1836. "Texans are known for doing things in a grand style," said Nancy Nesbitt of the Texas Historical Commission. "Texans may identify with the national holiday in a unique way since no period in Texas history is as distinctive as the state's own struggle for independence." Nothing could be truer for the residents of Independence and Washington. Many of Independence's 140 residents make their way to nearby Washington for holiday celebrations. It was on March 1, 1836, in Washington, about 85 miles northwest of Houston, that delegates elected from each Texas municipality convened to declare Texas independent from Mexico and write a constitution that established the Republic of Texas. An estimated 6,500 people are expected to participate in the festivities. Adults tour Independence Hall as the children make yarn dolls. The night is capped with a fireworks show. "It's a full day of activities," said Stefani Holtsclaw, director of tourism for Washington County. Independence was one of the original settlements of Stephen F. Austin, the "Father of Texas," who brought the first 297 families to colonize Texas under a contract with the Mexican Government. "It's special and unique," Holtsclaw said. "You are celebrating the nation's independence where Texas celebrated its independence." With a 120 -foot flag pole and 30 -by-60 -foot American flag at its entrance on U.S. 90, Liberty is hard to miss. In Liberty, a city of about 8,000 people 60 miles northeast of Houston, residents and businesses make $25 donations to the Evening Lions Club, which buys the U.S. flags that get planted around town July 4. "We're nicknamed the flag city," City Manager Kerry Lacy said. "We go around and put out flags in people's homes and around the downtown area." - - - On the Net: Independence Day: http://www.holidays.net/independence Liberty, Texas: http://www.libertytoday.com/index.htm Washington on the Brazos State Historical Park: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/washingt/washingt.htm Copyright 2001 Los Angeles Times
Link Posted: 7/4/2001 5:39:28 AM EDT
My family was not originally from Texas, BUT WE GOT HERE AS FAST AS WE COULD! [b]1848![/b] Eric The(YeeHa!)Hun[>]:)]
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