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The Bridge Street History Center

Sam Houston inaugural story - remember these things!On this day in 1836, Sam Houston, the first president of the new Republic of Texas, gave his inaugural address at the capital of Texas in Columbia (now West Columbia).

The inauguration had been scheduled for December, but ad-interim president David Burnet resigned suddenly, leaving Houston just two hours to prepare his speech.

Maybe the lack of prep time actually helped; his words dripped with drama and emotion: “We were a little band, contending for liberty; they were thousands, well appointed, munitioned, and provisioned, seeking to rivet chains upon us, or extirpate us from the earth.”

West Columbia is now home to a replica of one of the original buildings of the Texas Congress (pictured) and a park with a path connecting a series of monuments that commemorate the history of this area.
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Sam Houston inaugural story - remember these things!

3 days ago

The Bridge Street History Center

The Texas story of Charles GoodnightCharles Goodnight came to Texas from Illinois as a boy in 1845. During his youth, he held various jobs, from farming to racing horses, and in the 1850s, he began running cattle and freighting cotton.

In 1876, he established the first cattle ranch in the vast Texas Panhandle, which became the internationally known JA Ranch. Involved in the preservation of the area's native buffalo, he also bred the first herd of cattalo by crossing buffalo with range cattle. Goodnight's pioneer efforts led to the development of the frontier and the Texas cattle industry.

The Charles and Mary Ann Goodnight Ranch House in Claude is one of the few remaining early ranch headquarters in the Texas Panhandle. The house is home of the Charles Goodnight Historical Center, operated by the Charles Goodnight Heritage Society.

The center features a 268-foot second-floor sleeping porch with spectacular views of the countryside and the nearby bison herd, descendants of the herd raised by Charles and Mary Ann Goodnight.
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The Texas story of Charles Goodnight

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5 days ago

The Bridge Street History Center

Adams Family at the Historic Granbury Opera House thru Nov 10th"Their house is a museum, where people come to see 'em. They really are a scream - The Addams Family".
Friday - Sunday
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Adams Family at the Historic Granbury Opera House thru Nov 10th

1 week ago

The Bridge Street History Center

The Liendo Plantation storyFor John Ross, captain of the steamboat Yellow Stone, the day in 1836 began like any other. But it soon turned into an unforgettable adventure when Gen. Sam Houston ordered him to ferry his Texian Army across the river, under heavy fire from Mexican Army snipers. That little boat helped win Texas independence.

Today, the Liendo Plantation in Hempstead provides views of the Brazos River and the surrounding landscape, allowing visitors to imagine the Texian Army aboard the Yellow Stone evading Mexican troops and riflemen.

The plantation is also home to a Greek Revival style plantation home that hosts live Civil War history events. Liendo Plantation is recognized as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
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The Liendo Plantation story
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Opening Saturday March 2, 2019

Spring is just around the corner and The Bridge Street History Center will resume our normal schedule of opening on Saturdays from 1-5pm starting March 2, 2019. We’ve had a busy off season planning a spectacular line up of events as the year progresses.