If you drive up Hwy. 288 from Surfside Beach towards Angleton, you’ll see something white seemingly rising up from the ground. As you get closer, you’ll come upon the statue of Stephen F. Austin, the Father of Texas. Along the base of the statue is a list of the Old 300. These settlers received land grants from the Spanish government. My heart fluttered a little when I saw the last names Richardson and Rankin on the list. Though I’ve yet to find any proof that I’m related to either of the old 300, I’ll continue my search since these are the surnames of my family.
Of all the places we stopped along the way, West Columbia and East Columbia have to be up there with my favorites. Having never been to either, I was excited to learn about these communities. Debbie and I stopped by the West Columbia Chamber of Commerce and met the Chamber CEO/President, who shared the two city’s rich history. She even took us next door to see the replica of the first capitol of the Republic of Texas. Did you know our first capitol was in West Columbia?
Our final stop on the last night of our trip around the Texas Independence Trail Region was Victoria. Since we were still relatively close to the Gulf Coast, we decided to stop at Baytown Seafood for dinner. I was still struggling with my taste and smell but I could taste the seasoning on my blackened fish, shrimp, and scallop dinner. Debbie loved her meal and tried a bite of mine, too, so I’ll take her word for it that it was good.
I’ve worked in the travel industry for more than 25 years and I’ve been known to wander all my life. I’ve lived in more than 20 cities and towns and had the opportunity to experience a variety of people and places, introducing me to different cultures and allowing me to make friends along the way. I also majored in English in college. I don’t claim to be an excellent writer, proofreader, or grammar queen. I’m an amateur photographer and enjoy sharing the beauty of places I visit and and where I live.
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