A Grand Ole Texas Time (Part 2)

Continuation of A Grand Ole Texas Time

As a result of the Great Depression of the 1930s, demand for cotton greatly decreased, and most of the gins and textile mills were forced to close.

(Photo shows a field scale for weighing cotton bales in the cotton yard)

(A typical bale weighed around 500 lbs.)

Post World War II, Waxahachie entered the automobile age, along with the rest of the nation. Fortunately, when this occurred, Waxahachie benefited greatly from its location. At the time, U.S. 77 and U.S. 287 met at the northwest corner of the downtown area. With the construction of Interstate 35, Waxahachie has continued to benefit from its proximity to these major roadways. Throughout the years, these highways have proven to be a tremendous asset to the economy of the community, providing easy accessibility for commercial facilities and residential development.

I was arrested in Waxahachie. Well, not really, although I did get to sit in the back of a Waxahachie police car. It was all in good fun.

The next morning we were up at 4:30 and ready to leave for San Antonio by 5:30. It was still dark outside, although the heat was still there. When you look at a map of Texas, San Antonio doesn’t look all that far away. When you get in the car though and start driving, you really get a true picture of the size of the state. We stopped off in Waco for a quick bite to eat and arrived in San Antonio at just after 9:00.

Of course, you cannot go to San Antonio without visiting the Alamo. The Alamo played a critical role in the Texas Revolution in December of 1835. A group of volunteer soldiers fought against Mexican forces, and won. On February 23rd, 1836, Mexican General Santa Anna arrived outside San Antonio with about six thousand soldiers to suppress the rebellion. Even though there were only around two hundred of them, the Texans inside the Alamo decided to stick together and defend their position. Despite overwhelming odds, the Texan defenders held out for thirteen days against Santa Anna’s army. The Mexicans final assault on the Alamo started around 5:30 am on the 6th of March, 1836. They attacked the walls of the Alamo on all four fronts and even though the Texan defenders bravely fought back in just one hour, it was all over.

The story of the Alamo might not have the ending you were looking for, although look deeper into the battle and see the real picture. This is the true story of the ultimate sacrifice, Texan defenders who against the odds fought for the freedom they believed in so strongly. About six weeks after the battle of the Alamo, on April 21st, Sam Houston’s army defeated Santa Anna’s army at the Battle of San Jacinto. The brave men of the Alamo had not died in vain. From their sacrifices emerged Sam Houston’s battle-cry, ‘Remember the Alamo’ that led to Texas liberty.

San Antonio for me; is the Alamo.

Until next time with more adventures from our trip …

Gavin

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