Hubby and I made a run into Austin yesterday and discovered this sculpture on Congress Avenue, the street leading to the State Capitol. It is striking, and I learned a piece of Texas history that I had never heard.
Here is a translation of the above:
In 1842 Texas was an independent nation and Austin was its capital. Sam Houston, the president of the Republic of Texas, regarded Austin as a vulnerable and unsuitable location for the seat of government and waged an unsuccessful campaign to have it moved to his namesake city. As a last resort, the President sent a military detachment to Austin to remove the government archives. When an innkeeper named Angelina Eberly discovered the men loading their wagons, she rushed to what is now 6th and Congress Avenue and fired the town cannon, blowing a hole in the Land Office building and rousing the town populace. The men chased down Houston's men, recovered the government archives, and gave them to Mrs. Eberly for safekeeping. This statue honors a bold woman whose vigilance and short temper preserved Austin as the capital of Texas. It was presented to the citizens of Austin on September 26, 2004, by Capital Area Statues, Inc.
Isn't that cool? Moral of the story: Don't mess with Texas women. :D
Until next time, God bless.