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FC: Touring Texas From A-Z | By: Paige Hubbard

1: Touring Texas From A-Z | 9-19-11

2: Table of Contents! | A- Armand Bayou Center.......................................pg 4 B- Brazos River...................................................pg 5 C- Colorado River................................................pg 6 D- Palo Duro......................................................pg 7 E- Enchanted Rock..............................................pg 8 F- Frio River......................................................pg 9 G-Guadalupe Mountains.......................................pg 10 H- Hubbard River.............................................pg 11 I- Inner Space Caverns........................................pg 12 J-Martin Dies Jr. State Park..................................pg 13 K- KD studio..................................pg 14 L- Littlefield....................................................pg 15 M- Rocky Mountains............................................pg 16 N- NASA..........................................................pg 17 O- University of Texas Mcdonald Observartory............pg 18 P- Paint Rock...................................................pg 19 Q- Queen Isabel Inn............................................pg 20 R- Route 66.....................................................pg 21 S- University of Marine Science Institute...................pg 22

3: Table of Contents Continued! | T- University of Texan Cultures........................pg 23 U- Sabinal River, Utopia.................................pg 24 V- Victoria.................................................pg 25 W- Waxahachie...........................................pg 26 X- XIT Historical Museum................................pg 27 Y- Yoakum County Park..................................pg 28 Z- Zachary Taylor Park...................................pg 29

4: Founded in 1974, Armand Bayou Nature Center is one of the largest urban wildlife refuge in the United States. Here, many have agreed that here, you can truely "reconnect with nature". There are many features such as the " Bayou Ranger", Martyn's Farm and much more. | A | Recreation

5: B | The Brazos River was once called the Rio de Brazos de Dios by the early spanish settlers, but it is now more formerly known as the the "Arms of God" It is the longest river in Texas and the 11th longest river in the United States | water

6: C | water | The Colorado River runs right through Austin, Texas and also 7 other states. It is 1,450 miles long. It is the 18th longest river in the United States.

7: D | Seeing the stunning Palo Duro Canyon is worth the the hour long drive from Amarillo. The Palo Duro is a 60 mile-long 800 foot-deep canyon makes for a grand total 16,420-acre long park. And it's all thanks to the Red River and years of erosion. | landform

8: E | Whether you're hiking, biking or camping, Enchanted Rock is 1643.5 acres of nature. It has been around for about 11,000 years and is now designated a National Nature Landmark. Tonkawa Indians thought that there was ghost fires that made weird creaking noises but was later discovered that is was the sun heating it in the day time and contracting in the night. | landform

9: F | water | Even though the Frio River is only 47 miles, it's a beautiful river. Frio means "cool" in Spanish because of the cool, clean water it provides. It is also a sort of "watering hole" for the birds of Texas, and home for many plants. But the settlers there believe that the riverbed is theirs to keep. The water is also great for tubing, canoeing and kayaking.

10: G | Located in the Guadalupe Mountains is the highest summit in Texas, the Guadalupe Peak which is 8,749 ft high. The Guadalupe Mountains have been around for around 10,000 years and scientists have found that early humans had lived in the caves. | landform

11: H | Hubbard creek can be located in Stephens County, 51 miles Northeast of Abilene and about five miles West of Breckenridge. It is one of the biggest lakes in the area. Hubbard lake is known for having many white crappies in the lake. There are frequent bass tournaments held there. | water

12: I | Located in Georgetown, Texas this limestone cavern was drilled back in 1963 when the Texas Highway Department was testing the stability of the highway. But instead of finding if the highway was stable they found a cavern that had been right under their noses for more than 10,000 years! It is now a tourist site where they are still finding bones of prehistoric animals today. | landform

13: J | Formerly known as the Dam B. State Park, the Martin Dies Jr.park is 705-acers and is located in Jasper and Tyler Counties. It was acquired under a 50-year lease from the U.S. Army Cops of Engineers in 1964 but was officially opened in 1965. Now, you can hike, bike, bird-watch, canoe and more. | recreation

14: K | University | Founded by Kim Dawson and Kathy Tyner in April 1979, this school for acting, film and much more theatrical arts is now the 8th largest media market in the country. KD studios teaches young drama students all there is to know about Theater Arts. They also have a musical program and classes for children too.

15: L | This small town in Texas keeps things simple by selling their home-grown cotton to buyers for a economy. Littlefield also has the World's tallest windmill and it is the home of singer/songwriter Waylon Jennings. But this town isn't all fun and games, because in October 23, 1943 there was a very violent murder of Mr. and Mrs. Hunt. No one knew who did it, and today, the case is still unsolved. | city

16: M | The Rocky Mountains is mountain range that forms some what of a border line between the West and East. It starts from Canda all the way to New Mexico; the distance of about 3,000 miles! The Rockies are bordered by the Great Plains, the Coast Mountains of Canada, and the Columbia Plateau and Basin and Range Province. | Landform

17: N | NASA Space Center is the home of "Houston, we got a problem" In Houston, Texas, the Space Center is where all the astronauts, all the scientists and all the people who help make these missions possible are. With years of research and science, NASA might be able to find UFO. | Historic Importance

18: O | 450 miles away from Austin, Texas is where you will find the University of Texas Mcdonald Observatory. The observatory is full of high-tech equipment that only the smartest of scientists use. Currently, there are 4 research telescopes. But they also have their own globally networked Robotic Optical Transient Search Experiment (ROTSE) telescopes which is a Monitoring Network of Telescopes (MONET) site. | University

19: P | The town of Paint Rock can be found in Concho County. It was named Paint Rock because of all the Indian pictographs found on the cliffs above Concho river. The pictographs cover nearly half a mile upstream. The population in Paint Rock is about 320 people in the 2000 census. | city

20: Q | In 1873, the Rio Grande Railroad began operating and became a important commercial transportation link. Many tourists started visiting the town but needed a place to stay. So Caesar Kleberg built the first hotel in the town, the Queen Isabel Inn. Now the hotel has activities such as bird-watching, golfing, fishing and more. The Queen Isabel Inn will be staying for a while more. | historical importance

21: R | Even though Route 66 isn't on the map anymore, it is still there. Route 66 goes through Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. It is 2448 miles long. It's nicknames are " The Mother Road", "The Main Street of America" and "The Will Rogers Highway". But sadly, only parts of Route 66 can be driven on because of they replaced some of it with interstates. | historical importance

22: S | The University of Marine Science Institute is the oldest marine research facility on the Texas Coast. It started educating young scientists in 1941 as a small shack on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. It is now the home of hard work, "cutting-edge research" and students with the sharpest minds | university

23: T | the University of Texas institute Texan Cultures is a school designed to teach students about the ethnic-makeup of Texas. It was first established on May 27, 1965. Back then, the goal was to build exhibits about our history for show in the HemisFair 1968. But it later lead to making a museum of sorts. And then it lead to the University of Texas institute of Texan Cultures. | university

24: U | While this river is as beautiful as it is, the bad news is that most of the Sabinal river located in Utopia, Texas is on private property and canoeing and tubing is not allowed. But the good news is that much of it is not invaded by humans and that if you drive by the river you would see that there are many animals and critters living in their natural habitat. | water

25: With a population of 60,603 at the 200 census, Victoria, Texas is right smack dab in the middle of Victoria County. The city is named after General Guadalupe Victoria who was the first president of independent Mexico. | V | city

26: W | This small town of Waxahachie is actually a giant tourist attraction. Some people come for the shops, food, and historic landmarks but most people come for the festivals held there. In 1997 the Texas State Legislative named Waxahachie as the "Crape Myrtle Capital of Texas" because of the streets lined with pink crape myrtles in the Summer. | city

27: X | historical importance | Sponsored by the Dallam-Hartley County Historical Association, the XIT museum is a museum dedicated to telling the stories of the XIT ranch. It includes several exhibits of wagons and ranchign equipment they used on the ranch. They even have a wedding chapel in the museum! one of the new exhibits is the new Art Gallery that showcases many paintings of various artists painting the XIT ranch. But the best news is that the admission is free!!!

28: Y | This State Park is open all year every year for anyone who just wants to get away from all the hustle and bustle of the city. They don't even have internet acsess! So if you want to reconnect with nature then Yoakum County Park is the place to go. | recreation

29: Z | In the year of 1845, General Taylor was sent to claim Texas as the 28th state of the USA. Now, the place where the General and his troops slept is now the Zachary Taylor Park.

30: http://www.abnc.org/about-us.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazos_River http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colorado_River_(Texas) http://wildtexas.com/texas-parks/palo-duro-canyon-state-park http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/enchanted_rock/ http://southwestpaddler.com/docs/frio.html http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guadalupe_Mountains http://www.stillwatersbassclub.org/lake_hubbard.htm http://www.myinnerspacecavern.com/about_us.php http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/martin_dies_jr/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Littlefield,_Texas http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/506418/Rocky-Mountains\ | Citations

31: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/home/index.html http://www.as.utexas.edu/mcdonald/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paint_Rock,_Texas http://www.queenisabelinn.com/ http://www.historic66.com/texas/ http://www.utmsi.utexas.edu/about-the-institute.html http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/kcu25 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria,_Texas http://www.visitusa.com/texas/camping/yoakumcountypark.htm http://www.traveltex.com/things-to-do/attractions/zachary-taylor-park | Citations

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