Best Little Known Historical Treasures
Summer 2006

Texas and Texans have a long and proud history and share it where ever and when ever there is a willing spirit to listen. The Lone Star state is so vast and its' culture so varied that its' history is one of the most interesting in the union. There are many places throughout the region that you'll want to visit and discover it's amazing history. Chances are you'll find historical sites you may have never even known existed.


Fort Clark Springs - Bracketville
Fort Clark was established in 1852 because of it's location near water and its strategic position along the Mexico border. It was on the primary route between San Antonio and El Paso. It was best known as the home for the Seminole-Negro Indian scouts who helped protect settlers of the region fromhostile Indians and later was the last horse-cavalry post in the nation.  Today Fort Clark Springs is a 2,700 acre gated resort and leisure living community. Facilities include a military museum, nine and 18-hole golf courses, a giant spring-fed pool, tennis courts, nature trails, and bird sanctuary. Overnight lodging is available in the two-story stone cavalry barracks transformed into modern, climate controlled motel rooms with private baths. A Recreational Vehicle (RV) park and camping area is also available. More

Texas Ranger Museum - Waco
There's been plenty written about the famed Texas Rangers. Movies have been made, books have been written, stories have been told. Never has there been such a hardy bunch of robust and dedicated lawmakers as the men (and women) who have worn the Texas Star. Discover the history of the Rangers!  Situated on the banks of the Brazos River on the edge of  Waco's city limits, it's a great pit stop during your summer highway travels. More
Texas Military Forces Museum - Austin
In 1986, a project was started at Camp Mabry in Austin to establish a museum and archival collection dedicated to the men and women who served in the military forces of Texas. In 1987, a military historical holding was established, sanctioned by the United States Army Center of Military History. Camp Mabry's exhibits cover periods beginning with the Texas War and extend through all major conflicts - what better way to learn about our Texas Veterans and more Texas History. More
Texas Seaport Museum - Galveston
Experience the adventure of the high seas at the Texas Seaport Museum, home of the celebrated  1877 tall ship Elissa. Explore the decks of this floating National Historic Landmark which has been designated as one of America’s Treasures by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Walk Elissa's decks and imagine the days when daring sailors challenged the open sea. In the adjacent museum and theater you can view the story of Elissa's dramatic rescue from the scrapyard and her meticulous restoration. More
Hueco Tanks Historic Site - El Paso
Though it is necessary to call ahead and make reservations to visit this historic site it is worth the extra effort. This 860.3-acre park is named for the large natural rock basins, or "huecos," that have provide trapped rain water to dwellers and travelers in this arid region of West Texas for over a millennia. A unique legacy of lively and fantastic rock paintings greets visitors to the "tanks." From Archaic hunters and foragers of thousands of years ago to relatively recent Mescalero Apaches, Native Americans have drawn strange mythological designs and human and animal figures on the rocks of the area. The site's notable pictographs also include more than 200 face designs, or "masks," left by the prehistoric Jornada Mogollon culture. More


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