Texas T Party 2019 Brenham, TX Day 3

It dawned in a very unusual way for south Texas. It was windy, as usual, but it was also quite cool and raining too. Dave Lucas gave a briefing to participants inside the lobby of the hotel. It was decided that we would forego planned activities for the morning in hopes the rain would clear some in time for lunch at Washington - On - The - Brazos state park.

We drove our modern car to the park for two reasons. Number one, our 1910 touring has terminal rear axle problems. Two, it was cold and wet and windy!

Washington-on-the-Brazos is known as “the birthplace of Texas” because here, on March 1, 1836, Texas delegates met to formally announce Texas’ intention to separate from Mexico and to draft the constitution of the new Republic of Texas. They organized an interim government to serve until a government could be elected.

The delegates declared independence on March 2, 1836. The Alamo fell to Mexican troops on March 6, 1836. The delegates adopted their constitution on March 16. The delegates worked until March 17, when they had to flee with the residents of Washington, to escape the advancing Mexican Army. The townspeople returned after the Mexican Army was defeated at San Jacinto on April 21. Town leaders lobbied for Washington’s designation as the permanent capital of the Republic of Texas, but leaders of the Republic favored Waterloo, which later was renamed Austin.

Today little remains of the town that once stood here. A recreation of the building known as “Independence Hall” has been erected to appear just as it looked in March 1836. It is an unfinished storefront building with no windows or interior sheathing, because it was under construction at the time. Some chairs were borrowed from nearby homes. A long table was made from some lumber found nearby.

A small granite obelisk was erected and paid for by school children from nearby Brenham in 1899 next to the ruined original building to note the significance.

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A handful of hearty souls braved the 48 degree weather and intermittent rain in their Model T’s and drove the 1 1/2 hours from Brenham to the site of our lunch. Have you ever heard of a Model T owner missing a meal? Not any missed this one in spite of the weather. We had a fine fried catfish dinner with hush puppies and cole slaw.
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From the historical park we could see some interesting looking old buildings outside the fence. After lunch we went to explore the nearby town of Washington, Texas. One interesting building had pressed tin siding and “H.A. Stolz” Grocery stenciled on the front. We spied what looked like a Texas State Historical Society plaque on the side of the building. So we stopped to take a closer look outside the car.
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I was one of the hearty souls. Also known as not too smart! :confused:
The wind was straight out of the north and climbing a hill with a 29-mph headwind almost stopped the '14 Touring car.
While some were getting out of their modern cars for lunch, picking up pecans and getting used to the “cool breeze”, I got to the head of the fried fish line!! :laughing:
The trip back to Brenham from lunch was a snap with the best tailwind I ever drove a Model T in!
Making my plans for Temple in 2020!