Road trip reveals a bit of history

 

 

Don’t you love road trips to places you’ve never been? And then, when you find out about a tidbit of historical information … it is even better!

I had the chance to drive some small Texas roads this past weekend while heading to our Texas Press Association conference held in Conroe.

The scenery was really pretty with rolling hills and pine trees lining the way.

My nephew and his wife met me for dinner in Conroe and while driving around I noticed a sign stating that Montgomery County is the Birthplace of the Texas Flag.

I had no idea!

Charles B. Stewart of Montgomery County created the flag and in 1839 it was designated as the official banner.

His original sketch has been handed down through generations and is now housed in the State Archives in Austin and documentation is on display at the Montgomery County Heritage Museum in Conroe. Stewart’s bronze bust also greets visitors to the Lone Star Monument and Historical Flag Park also in Conroe.

The way I see it, hoping you all get to have a fun road trip this summer and maybe even take time to stop at historical markers and museums to find out more about our great State of Texas. I hope to go back and see more!

SUE BROWN is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at sbrown@pleasantonexpress.com or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.

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