Tatyana snapped this one on her recent trip to London. Is that a Tardis in the corner? Speaking of time machines, London and Paris might still have some remnant of an old Texas Embassy, considering the French, Brits, the Netherlands and Belgium recognized the Texas Republic in the 1830s-40s. Texas sent Dr. Ashbel Smith as chargé d’affaires to both England and France to establish trade relations. But a restaurant and grill is the next best thing!
That is undoubtedly too grand a headline for what is, essentially, a piddling archaeological tale of an old rain-catcher in the Brazosport Facts, one of Texas’ more curious newspapers. Its name, alone, is curious. But this cistern allegedly held water that Sam Houston and Stephen F. Austin probably drank at the first capital of the Republic of Texas–before the capital was moved, first to Houston, and then to Austin.
Via Mouth of the Brazos
The Alamo a) as planned, b) as it appeared in 1836, and c) as it appears today./Texas Almanac.
"The Texas Declaration of Independence was produced, literally, overnight. Its urgency was paramount, because while it was being prepared, the Alamo in San Antonio was under seige by Santa Anna’s army of Mexico."
"In the early morning hours of March 2, the convention voted unanimously to accept the resolution. After fifty-eight members signed the document, Texas became the Republic of Texas. The change remained to be demonstrated to Mexico…"