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Historic Documents Come Home to the Brazos Valley

By: Toni Harrison
By: Toni Harrison

Texas is celebrating its 170th birthday.

"I always like to brag about Texas, we're the only state that was an independent nation before they came in," said Sam Houston IV, descendant of Sam Houston.

Tuesday the most important documents created during the Convention of 1836 came home to The Star of Republic Museum at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park, The Birthplace of Texas.

"With those documents we were able to legitimately declare our independence for the rest of the world to know," said Tom Scaggs, manager, Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park.

The Texas Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the Republic of Texas, Journals of the Convention of 1836, William Fairfax Gray's Diary and a newspaper copy of William Travis's letter were loaded onto a fire engine red replica of an 1850 Concord stage coach and driven around the park.

"The delegates gathered here to work on these documents to sign them and literally put their blood, sweat and tears into them," said Scaggs.

"We have a great heritage and those documents show that heritage," said Houston.

The documents were received at the museum by State Representative Lois Kolkhorst.

By bringing the documents here to Washington-on-the-Brazos history was made again. This is the first time the documents have been together in 170 years.

"It makes me get that wonderful feeling in my heart to know that those documents were here before, but more importantly what those delegates went through and the kind of focus they had," said Scaggs.

The documents will be featured an exhibit at the museum called "Let the Convention Go On." A trip back in time a true Texan won't soon forget.


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