Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Battleship Texas

Today we drove 80 miles south to Houston. Our destination was the Battleship Texas.

The Battleship USS Texas was commissioned in 1914. It was used in WWI and was retrofitted for WWII. It was completely painted a dark blue color. Surprisingly it was so they could 'hide' from aircraft. They would sort of blend in with the ocean. The Texas supported Allied forces at Normandy and also in the Pacific at Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

On the other side of the park was the monument to the Battle of San Jacinto. This was the battle that finally beat Santa Ana for the Texas Independence. This battle took place several months after the Alamo defeat.

You can't tell by this picture but this monument is very tall. It also has a reflection pond in front of it like the Washington Monument in DC. Inside is a museum with all the information on the battle. It was a very interesting day.

As you get closer and closer to Houston you start seeing the refineries. They are all up and running. And there are a lot of them!!

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