Texas Flag  LbNA # 384 (ARCHIVED)

OwnerSilver Eagle      
Placed DateApr 4 2003
LocationWashington, TX
Found By lionsmane
Last Found Oct 23 2014
Hike Distance?

Replaced log (03/25/05), Replaced log & container (04/03/10), Replaced stamp (03/03/11)
*** Part of my Six Flags Over TX Series ***
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 1 mile RT)
Status: alive

Texas as a Republic: 1836-1845

The Republic Of Texas came into existence on March 2, 1836 with the adoption of the Texas Declaration of Independence at Washington-On-The-Brazos. During the next 10 years the Texas Republic endured epidemics, financial crises, and volatile clashes with Mexico, but it was during this period that unique accents of the Texas heritage germinated. Texas became the birthplace of the American cowboy and Texas Rangers were the first to use Sam Colt's remarkable six-shooters. Texas joined the United States on December 29, 1845, but the red, white and blue Texas Republic flag with its lone star remains the state flag to this day. Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site is known as the "Birthplace of Texas" and contains Independence Hall and the old town site. It also has the Barrington Living History Farm which includes the home of Anson Jones (last president of the Texas Republic) and the Star of the Republic Museum. There are also several hiking trails and picnic facilities.

From Houston take Highway 290 west about 50 miles to Highway 6 at Hempstead. Take Highway 6 north about 20 miles to Navasota. Take Highway 105 west 7 miles and turn left on FM 1155 to Washington-on-the-Brazos park.

Park at the Visitor Center, go in and look around, then get a map (no fee for just hiking). Exit the back doors and follow the path to Independence Hall (about 100 yards). Just past the Hall, turn right and follow the path about 200 yards to the Brazos River overlook and site of the old ferry. From the overlook, back track a few steps to the trail jct. by the trash can and turn right (northwest). Go about 100 yards to a trail jct. by a pond. Go right and walk past the pond on your left for about 50 yards to a dirt trail on the left, which is the start of a loop trail. Walk on it about 110 steps where you will come to several fat evergreen trees on each side of the trail. Turn to the left (west) and walk about 15 steps off trail to the back side of the largest evergreen tree. Letterbox is within branches about 3 feet high. Please replace as described and continue on the loop trail to enjoy awesome wildflowers in early Spring.