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Washington on the Brazos -Part II + shadows

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To continue with Washington on the Brazos...a birth of a Nation

STATE HISTORICAL MARKER  This village, site of the Texas Declaration of Independence and first capital of the Republic of Texas, began in 1822 as a ferry crossing. Here, the historic La Bahia Road [now Ferry Street] spanned the Brazos River [pronounced BRAZ *as in razz* -us/  brazus.  In Spanish it'd be BRAH zos]. In 1834 a townsite was laid out and named, probably for Washington, Georgia, home of the leading settler. In 1835, as political differences with Mexico led toward war the general council [the insurgent Texas government] met in town. Enterprising citizens then promoted the place as a site for the Convention of 1836 and, as a "bonus," provided a free meeting hall. Thus, Texas' Declaration of Independence came to be signed in an unfinished building owned by a gunsmith. The Provisional Government of the Republic was also organized in Washington, but was removed, March 17, as news of the advancing Mexican Army caused a general panic throughout the region. The townspeople fled too on March 20, 1836, in the "Runaway Scrape". After the Texan victory at San Jacinto, the town thrived for a period. It was again capital of Texas, 1842-1845; and became center of Washington State Park, 1916. It now contains historic buildings and "Barrington", home of Anson Jones, the last President of Texas.

LEFT: Troops passed through Washington in the winter of 1835-36 to join the Texas Army at Gonzales, Goliad, and San Antonio. While the Convention met, some troops were camping just outside of town. RIGHT: Washington was a raw, new town when delegates from all over Texas crowded in for the March 1836 convention. Santa Anna's [Mexico's president] army had moved into San Antonio de Bexar [pronounced by Texans as 'bear' - in Spanish it's bay har], and the Alamo was under siege. War was at hand and the delegates had to act.

Photo at bottom right in this series of photos above, the walkway is dubbed "Independence Trail" -eventually leading from the ferry dockings to Indpendence Hall in Washington, Texas, at that time...named Ferry Street.

LEFT: Andrew Robinson Ferry across the Brazos River was an active business by 1830. As well as the ferry operation, Robinson also offered lodging and board for travelers and their horses. His tavern and corral stood in this area. RIGHT: Washington's citizenry in 1836 included Richard Peebles and B. B. Goodrich, both physicians, and Joseph B. Chance, an attorney. They all had offices along Ferry Street. Thomas Gay, one of the town founders, and his family lived to the west of Ferry Street.

LEFT: As many as three general merchandise stores lined Ferry Street in 1836. Martin and Chow's General Mercantile was in a small building in this vicinity of this marker. RIGHT: Lodging was limited during the Convention. Three representatives from San Antonio and a visitor rented an unfinished carpenter's shop that stood about 100 feet in front of this marker. Other delegates slept in crowded rooms in taverns and private homes.

LEFT: As Bud and I walked [Erik, being much younger, walked by himself at a quicker pace] the area to read the markers and learn the history, I spotted, in the river's valley, an Osage Orange tree with fallen fruit. [the inset shows the orange as a whole while the rest of the photo shows the many fruits fallen] I remembered seeing these when I was a youngster around Manhattan, Kansas....long, long, long ago!!! I had to walk down and pick one up so I could return to where Bud was at the top of the show him; he'd never heard of them. He especially liked the idea that they are reportedly a spider repellent. LOL RIGHT: This is an abandoned [boarded up] home that was nestled in the massive tree outcropping, nearly hidden. I walked up the path and through the trees to photograph it. installment will be The Texas Republic Museum. Stay Tuned.
If you missed the first post of our holiday weekend trip: PART I


  1. Thanks for sharing.

  2. First of all you are looking very festive and I love your cute new header.
    I'm enjoying the tour of Washington on the Brazos. Love the look of that abandoned house

    1. I almost missed spotting that was well hidden, all nestled in the pine trees.

  3. What a super post! We enjoyed a similar walk in Nachadoches TX.

    1. ...ya, Texas is quite a state to hike around. Always something.

  4. Anni, I remember when I first moved to Texas I located in Baytown (east of Houston). Driving to Pasadena periodically I passed the San Jacinto monument many times. Finally stopped by and toured the boat they had moored there and checked out the history of the Battle of San Jacinto. Now I can add your info to my collection of Texas knowledge. Thanks!