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I decided to stop and stretch my legs a bit at Fort Mason in Mason, Texas. This fort has several unique things about it,...
08/12/2017

I decided to stop and stretch my legs a bit at Fort Mason in Mason, Texas. This fort has several unique things about it, out of the officers who served here, 20 went on to become generals for the Confederacy and 12 became generals for the Union during the Civil War. Its big claim to fame though is it was the last US Army command for Robert E. Lee, a lieutenant colonel at the time. When Texas seceded, Lee went back to Washington D.C. and was promoted to full colonel of the cavalry before being offered command of the Union Army as a major general but when Virginia seceded, Lee refused the offer, resigned and joined the Confederate States of America.

February 25, 1836-day 3The Mexican army launch an attack on the southwest corner of the alamo, using jacales (thatch hut...
02/25/2017

February 25, 1836-day 3

The Mexican army launch an attack on the southwest corner of the alamo, using jacales (thatch huts) as cover. The Texans fight back inflicting enough casualties that the Mexicans withdraw. Meanwhile the Mexicans build new fortifications near the Mcmullen house and move artillery and infantry units into La Villita

Tonight, under the cover of darkness, some of the men will jump the walls and burn the jacales so they cant be used as cover again

Col. James Fannin leaves Presidio La Bahia (renamed Fort Defiance by the Texans) with a relief column to aid the men at the Alamo.

Col. Travis sent Capt. Juan Seguin to find Gen. Sam Houston and deliver another letter asking for reinforcements.

Below is what is typical of the jacales that surrounded the Alamo. I found this picture online amd it os from Matamoros, Mexico

February 24, 1836- day two of the seige of the Alamo During the night/early morning of the 23/24 the Mexican army moved ...
02/24/2017

February 24, 1836- day two of the seige of the Alamo

During the night/early morning of the 23/24 the Mexican army moved an artillery battery of two 8 pounder cannons and a howitzer to within 400 yards of the walls.

Santa Ana starts surveying the fortifications and surrounding area in order to plan the attack.

The Mexican artillery begins the bombardment of the alamo which will last for most of the siege.

At some point during the day, Col. James Bowie gets critically sick, and relinquishes command of his volunteers to Lt. Col. Travis. Col. Travis writes his famous "Victory or Death" letter which will be carried out by messenger, Albert Martin. This is what the letter says.

Commandancy of the Alamo
Bejar, Feby. 24, 1836
To the People of Texas & All Americans in the World

Fellow citizens & compatriots

I am besieged, by a thousand or more of the Mexicans under Santa Anna I have sustained a continual Bombardment & cannonade for 24 hours & have not lost a man The enemy has demanded a surrender at discretion, otherwise, the garrison are to be put to the sword, if the fort is taken I have answered the demand with a cannon shot, & our flag still waves proudly from the walls I shall never surrender or retreat. Then, I call on you in the name of Liberty, of patriotism & everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid, with all dispatch The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily & will no doubt increase to three or four thousand in four or five days. If this call is neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible & die like a soldier who never forgets what is due to his own honor & that of his country VICTORY OR DEATH.

William Barret Travis,

Lt. Col. comdt.
P.S. The Lord is on our side. When the enemy appeared in sight we had not three bushels of corn. We have since found in deserted houses 80 or 90 bushels and got into the walls 20 or 30 head of Beeves. Travis

I was fortunate enough to get to see the original letter when it was on display at the Alamo in 2013 from February 23- March 7th. They wouldnt allow photographs but here is one I found online- it also has notes that Albert Martin added about what he heard and his assessment of how the attack was going. His note says

"Since the above was written I heard a very heavy Canonade during the whole day think there must have been an attack made upon the alamo We were short of amunition when I left Hurry on all the men you can in haste When I left there was but 150 determined to do or die tomorrow I leave for Bejar with what men I can raise [copy here illegible] at all events — Col. Almonte is there the troops are under the Command of Gen. Seisma Albert Martin"

February 23, 1836-the first day of the 13 day seige of the Alamo. The Mexican army under General Antonio Lopez de Santa ...
02/24/2017

February 23, 1836-the first day of the 13 day seige of the Alamo. The Mexican army under General Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana arrived on the outskirts of the town of San Antonio de bexar and was spotted by the Texan scouts causing the Lt. Col. Travis to order a withdrawal of his troops into the Alamo. The Mexican army took command of the town without firing a shot.

Mexican Col. Juan Almonte was sent under a flag of truce to deliver an ultimatum: surrender at the general's discretion or be put to the sword.

Col. Travis responded with a single shot from the Alamo's 18 pounder cannon, the largest cannon on either side of the walls for the entire siege.

In retaliation, Santa Ana ordered a blood red flag for "no quarter" to be flown from the belfry of San Fernando Cathedral.

Today you can see the very same 18 pounder cannon that Col. Travis used to respond to Santa Ana's demands as well as the church where the red flag flew. The cannon inside the Alamo and the church just a few streets away.

09/24/2016

If we can get a minimum of 20 people interested, I can book an after hours tour at the Alamo I need a 2 week notice to get the booking done. Let me know if you're interested and we might do a ghost tour after the alamo! I've been before and it's very interesting, we get to go to all kinds of historical places and hear spooky tales

07/26/2016

Summer will be over and school will start back soon, there's still plenty of time to get in a quick vacation! Contact us for a fun and educational outing today!

06/02/2016

Now that school is out, it's a perfect time to start thinking about your vacations and summer activities! Contact me and let me show you and your family or a friend's a good time!

Here's some more pictures from waco, specifically the Waco Mammoth site National Monument. It just became a national mon...
05/25/2016

Here's some more pictures from waco, specifically the Waco Mammoth site National Monument. It just became a national monument last summer and is the only site where a nursery herd of Columbian Mammoths has been found. The site was the scene of the deaths of 23 Columbian Mammoths, a saber tooth cat, an unidentified animal that they assume was the saber toothed cats meal, and a camel.

I'm at the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco. It honestly is one of the best zoos I've been to in terms of the enclosures the ani...
05/24/2016

I'm at the Cameron Park Zoo in Waco. It honestly is one of the best zoos I've been to in terms of the enclosures the animals are in. It's very well done especially for a smaller zoo. These were all the pictures I could get because my phone died.

I forgot to post this picture from back in April on our Arizona trip. It was at Picacho Pass, the site of a civil war sk...
05/19/2016

I forgot to post this picture from back in April on our Arizona trip. It was at Picacho Pass, the site of a civil war skirmish between 13 union cavalrymen from California and 10 Confederate cavalrymen from Texas on April 15, 1862. The Texans won the skirmish, killing 3 of the Union troopers and wounding 3 more. The confederates suffered 3 men captured and 2 wounded.

The action was part of a Confederate attempt to consolidate Arizona and draw support from Southern California. Although the Confederates won the battle, they eventually pulled back to Texas and the Union occupied Tucson without firing a shot.

These are arizona fire agates from our rockhounding  trip to Round Mountain. She washed these off to see what we found, ...
04/25/2016

These are arizona fire agates from our rockhounding trip to Round Mountain. She washed these off to see what we found, we still have a ton more :-)

We went to Tombstone, AZ on Saturday, we'll be going back so stay tuned for more pictures to come by the end of the week...
04/25/2016

We went to Tombstone, AZ on Saturday, we'll be going back so stay tuned for more pictures to come by the end of the week!

We went to the Grand Canyon today, it was absolutely amazing! The snow capped mountain was between the grand canyon and ...
04/25/2016

We went to the Grand Canyon today, it was absolutely amazing! The snow capped mountain was between the grand canyon and Flagstaff, Arizona.

04/19/2016

Just a few more days and we'll be heading to Arizona! We'll cut through the chihuahuan desert in southwest Texas, go hunting for Arizona Fire Agates, stop by Tombstone and visit a silver mine from the 1800s, go to the Barringer Meteor Crater, then come through New Mexico and visit Carlsbad Caverns and Roswell! I'll post pictures along the way!

04/05/2016

Hey everyone, if you get a chance, check out our new website! We will be posting updates with pictures from our tours as well as scheduled events. Our website has all the prices for our tours! Check back often for updates and specials and as always, if you have any questions feel free to contact me.

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In 1842 Mexico tried once again to take Texas back. In January of 1842 Mexican General, Marianio Arista, issued a procla...
04/01/2016

In 1842 Mexico tried once again to take Texas back. In January of 1842 Mexican General, Marianio Arista, issued a proclamation stating that he was going to invade Texas. He ended up capturing several towns including Goliad, Victoria, Refugio and eventually marched on San Antonio. Not able to gather enough men, the Texans evacuated leaving the city to the Mexican Army who abandoned the town again on March 9, 1842. Then, on September 11, 1842, another force of Mexicans 1200-1300 strong under the command of General Adrian Woll attacked the city again. This time 56 Texans fought back only to be captured and marched back to Mexico. As General Woll marched out of San Antonio towards Austin, a command of Texans lured him into a fight at Salado Creek (6 miles from San Antonio) on September 18, and defeated him, causing him to withdraw to San Antonio and eventually on September 20, he withdrew back to Mexico.

Here are a few more pictures from the San Fernando Cathedral that didn't load for some reason or another.
04/01/2016

Here are a few more pictures from the San Fernando Cathedral that didn't load for some reason or another.

I stopped by the Menger Hotel for a cup of their mango ice cream, the same recipe that they have used since the 1800s. T...
03/31/2016

I stopped by the Menger Hotel for a cup of their mango ice cream, the same recipe that they have used since the 1800s. Theodore Roosevelt stayed here and recruited men for the Rough Riders before going to Cuba. The bar is still open where he would host his recruiting events at. He would stop in every day for a bowl of their mango ice cream while here. The first expo for barbed wire was held in the main lobby and orders were taken which would end up changing the west and ranching forever. There is now a display with artifacts from the Rough Riders including a flag that was carried up Kettle Hill during the battle!

Casa Navarro is the home of Jose Antonio Navarro. He signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, one of three Mexicans...
03/31/2016

Casa Navarro is the home of Jose Antonio Navarro. He signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, one of three Mexicans to do so.

The spanish governors palace/ Presidio of San Antonio de Bexar was the site of the commanding officers residence and and...
03/31/2016

The spanish governors palace/ Presidio of San Antonio de Bexar was the site of the commanding officers residence and and the home to the colonial guard units that were stationed to protect the missions.

The council house fight/massacre was supposed to be a meeting between the Republic of Texas and Comanche chiefs to negot...
03/31/2016

The council house fight/massacre was supposed to be a meeting between the Republic of Texas and Comanche chiefs to negotiate a hostage return and a peace treaty. When the Texans found out from a captive that they hadn't brought along all of them they confronted the chiefs. A fight broke out and the Texans killed several of the chiefs, and men and children. Today all that is left is this marker that doesn't even call it by name.

The San Fernando Cathedral is the oldest Catholic Cathedral in Texas and has been the site of many important events in T...
03/31/2016

The San Fernando Cathedral is the oldest Catholic Cathedral in Texas and has been the site of many important events in Texas History. The original walls of the old church a comprise the sanctuary of the new cathedral. Jim Bowie married Ursula Veremendi here when it was the Parrish church. The bell tower is also where Gen. Santa Ana ordered the red flag to be flown signaling no quarter for the defenders of the Alamo. It currently houses the remains of the Alamo defenders (the ashes) after the battle Santa Ana ordered all of the defenders to be burned except for one, Gregorio Esparza, who had a brother in the Mexican Army. Pope John Paul II visited San Fernando Cathedral on September 13, 1987

Mission San Antonio de Valero, better known as The Alamo, has been an important site in the settling of Texas since the ...
03/31/2016

Mission San Antonio de Valero, better known as The Alamo, has been an important site in the settling of Texas since the original work began in 1744. It was originally built to convert the natives and to show Spain's control of the region after French establishments had began popping up in South East Texas. The Alamo was named after a Spanish cavalry company, the Second Flying Company of Alamo de Parras. In 1835, the Texian Army fought the Mexican Army during the Seige of Bexar and took control of the city and the mission. When the Alamo entered into legend was the seige and subsequent assault from February 23-March 6, 1836 that claimed the lives of the Texan defenders.

03/31/2016

We'll be going to some of the historical sites in downtown San Antonio today. We'll be going to Presidio San Antonio de Bexar, the spanish governors palace, the site of the council house fight/massacre, the alamo and the San Fernando Cathedral. Pictures will be posted when we get done!

We went hiking today at Comanche Lookout Park in San Antonio. Comanche lookout is the 4th highest peak in San Antonio an...
03/30/2016

We went hiking today at Comanche Lookout Park in San Antonio. Comanche lookout is the 4th highest peak in San Antonio and is on the original El Camino Real "the king's highway" the Spanish trade route that ran from Mexico city to Louisiana when Spain had control of what is now Mexico and Texas. The hill was used as a watch point for the Comanche and, later after the town of San Antonio de Bexar was founded, by the spanish colonial army to watch for threats and to survey the surrounding area. If you would like to come along on the next trip feel free to contact me!

The indian paint brushes and bluebonnets are in full bloom in the hill country! These pictures were taken just north of ...
03/29/2016

The indian paint brushes and bluebonnets are in full bloom in the hill country! These pictures were taken just north of Llano

For those interested, it's not too late to book a weekend day trip in celebration of Easter! We'll take a look at the Sp...
03/23/2016

For those interested, it's not too late to book a weekend day trip in celebration of Easter! We'll take a look at the Spanish Missions in San Antonio to gain a better understanding of the role faith and the spread of Christianity had on early Texas. We'll visit Mission San Jose "the Queen of the Missions", Mission San Juan, Mission Concepcion, Mission Espada, The San Fernando Cathedral and stop by Cross Mountain in Fredericksburg. I will have plenty of surprise stops in the mix for you and I guarantee you will have a blast on this trip. The photo opportunities abound on this tour so be sure and bring your cameras if you're interested in photography. We will leave Friday night and return Saturday night.

The cost will be $75 for adults or $120 for families with kids (this covers 2 adults accompanied by their children or grandchildren)

*money for souvenirs, food and lodging will be extra

Contact me on here or at 254-979-4872 for questions or to book a tour, I'll be glad to work with you for any special accommodations needed.

Eastland Walking Tours are available! Come see the sites and hear the stories of our hometown!- set up a tour now for on...
03/21/2016

Eastland Walking Tours are available! Come see the sites and hear the stories of our hometown!- set up a tour now for only $10 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 15!

1. We will visit the grave of "Doc" Scurlock, a man that rode with Billy the Kid in the Lincoln County War that later settled and retired in Eastland with his wife.
2. We'll see the famous "Old Rip" at the Eastland County Courthouse
3. We'll see the Majestic Theater,
4. The old Jail
5. The site of the last mob lynching in Texas

Plus other surprises and stops along the way

03/18/2016

Contact me for prices and to schedule a tour for yourself or your group. We can plan a fun and educational outing for your Boy Scouts/Girl Scouts troop, youth groups, classes, church groups and senior travel groups. We can discuss payment plans so when the big day comes you don't have to worry about coming up with it all at once. I guarantee you will have a great time!

03/18/2016

This is a list of some of our package tours.

Historical Campaign Tours
1. Spanish Colonial Tour
2. Texas Revolution Tour
3. Republic of Texas-Comanche Wars
4. Antebellum Texas
5. Civil War Tour
6. Texas Forts

City and area Tours
1. Dallas-Ft. worth
2. San Antonio
3. Abilene
4. Waco
5. The Hill Country
6. The Panhandle
7. The Gulf Coast

Religious Tours
1. Roman Catholic Influence (the missions, presidios and cathedrals of south Texas)
2. Historic Church Tour (we'll see some of the oldest churches in Texas along with spots like Cross Mountain in Fredericksburg)

General History
We'll explore all that a particular area has to offer in the way of famous houses, battlefields, churches, businesses, landmarks and event sites. (You choose which area you want to visit and I'll plan the site seeing)

Texas Culture
We will visit art and history museums, eat at some of Texas' best kept secrets and can top it all off with a live music show or a play. (Again, you choose the area)

Nature Tours
1. Wildlife tour
2. Scenic Texas Tours
3. Wildflower viewing
4. Birding
5. Texas Underground (a visit to the caves and caverns of Texas)
6. Geology and Paleontology Tour (we will go fossil hunting and rock collecting-you keep what you find!)

Photographer's Special-while photography will always be welcomed for anyone on our tours in areas where it's allowed, there are certain places where special permits are required. This tour is perfect for professional or amateur photographers, I'll take you to sites where you will have plenty of photo opportunities and places where the general public isn't allowed to take pictures. I will obtain all permission and permits prior to our trip so you will be able to photograph when we get there.

Ghost tours!
Choose an area and we will go enjoy a spooky evening! Hear all about the murders, the legends and the unexplained on this tour. It will take place after dark (we will have security guards with us on this tour) photography is welcome, maybe you'll get lucky and catch the definitive proof! Disclaimer-the stories of murders and murderers are true and can be quite gruesome so use your discretion when choosing this tour.

Cemetery Tour
Visit the graves or some of the most well known and influential people in Texas and the United States and find out their stories

Wine and Beer Tasting Tours
Disclaimer-must be at least 21 and have your ID to go on this one! We'll visit some of the best micro breweries and vineyards in the Texas Hill Country.

Couples Getaway
We will build an itinerary around what you want to do or see. We will provide a bottle of champagne or wine and have a special meal at the end of each day.

*Tours are offered anywhere from 1/2 day outing to a week long vacation
* Take money for souvenirs, meals,drinks and hotel rooms if needed (I will negotiate with the hotels to get the best available prices for you and your group.)

*tours can be one on one or a group outing

** if you need special assistance or would like to make a custom itinerary, let me know what you're interested in and I will work on one to make it exactly what you want and provide the needed accommodations.

For individuals, couples or small groups, up to 6 people, will cover transportation and gas from the time I pick you and your group up until I drop you back off.

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