Where the State of Texas was Born
Were you to to to the intersection of 8th and Colorado in downtown Austin and look at the northeast corner, you will see an art deco style stone building. But had you been standing at that same spot in, say, 1846, you would have been looking at the very first Texas state capitol building. That's where it stood. And it was at that spot in on February 19, 1846, that Anson Jones, then President of the Republic of Texas, proclaimed “The final act in this great drama is now performed: the Republic of Texas is no more!” Yup. That's where the Republic of Texas ended and the State of Texas began. And look at us now, all growed up. Here's what the spot looks like today:
It's fascinating to look a a modern-day spot and contemplate what happened there 170+ years ago.
Beauty is only skin deep but Texas is to the bone.