Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Houston Battleship Texas State Historic Site

In the year 1948, the Battleship Texas turned out to be the first battleship monument museum in America. In the same year, on the celebrations of Texas Independence, the Battleship was put on display for the State of Texas and custom-built as the flagship of the Texas Navy. In the year 1983, the Battleship was located under the ownership of the Texas Parks as well as Wildlife Department and is permanently fixed on the Buffalo Bayou along with the busy Houston Ship Channel. The Texas Parks near to Wildlife Department's 1,200-acre San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site contains the Battleground, Memorial as well as Battleship Texas. These sites are situated within minutes of city center Houston and a few steps away from the seaside of Galveston Island. Millions of visitors visit this area every year to get pleasure from the mild coastal atmosphere and to participate in artistic and sports activities. Students and visitors are the most privileged ones for being capable of experiencing history directly from the living history at the San Jacinto Battleground and Battleship Texas.

Throughout the first part of the 20th century, the main naval powers of the world assembled lots of Dreadnought-style battleships. But now there is only one. Once, the battleship Texas had been the most dominant weapon on earth. When it was custom-built in the year 1914, the 14-inch guns were the biggest around the world.

This hi-tech miracle of the time served with the British Grand Fleet in First World War and was the representative of the whole American Navy between the two World Wars. During the World War II, the ancient Texas sustained amphibious attacks in North Africa, Southern France, as well as Okinawa. No longer required to protect her country, the Battleship was set aside from the scrap yard to turn into the nation's first historic museum in the year 1948. Now lying serenely in her moor at the San Jacinto State Park close to Houston, the momentum is still serving its country—inspiring rather than fighting.

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