Saturday, May 14, 2005

All hail, Stephen F. Austin!

It doesn't look like much now, but someday this will be the base for a very large statue of Stephen F. Austin, the father of Texas, that will be created by sculptor David Adickes, who made the big statue of Sam Houston located beside Interstate 45 south of Huntsville. The Austin statue will be located on the east side of Texas Highway 288 south of the Texas Highway 35 intersection.

Austin brought the first colony of Anglo settlers to what is present-day Brazoria County, back when it was part of Mexico. Brazoria County today has automobiles, paved streets, running water, electricity, six state prison units and several oil refineries and chemical plants, none of which existed when Austin showed up with a dream and a prayer.

What do you think Austin would say today if he saw Brazoria County? See Banjo's Mini Poll in the sidebar to the right and cast your vote.--------->

Stephen F. Austin
Results of our last poll, which asked, "Should the Houston Chronicle take on Bill O'Reilly on the Fox News Channel?"
Yes -- 60%
No -- 12 %
It doesn't matter, O'Reilly's a nut and the Houston Chronicle is wussified -- 28%

Total votes cast: 57


Corey said...

As a former Angleton resident and graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, that just makes me grin.

It seems to me the money would be better spent setting up a think tank to give Rep. Bonnen more silly ideas to write legislation about.

Banjo Jones said...

We're fired up about the Austin statue, Corey. They're still raising money to pay for it, so you might consider making a donation. Thanks for writing.

PS: I added your blog to my non-Texans blogroll, non-Texan since you defected to San Diego.

You chose San Diego, Calif., over Angleton??? Crazy, man.