iWARRIORWALK USA TOUR – STOP #51
WALKED ON OCTOBER 16 & 17, 2010
On Saturday, October 16, 2010, I (Stanley Bronstein) walked for 5 hours in Memorial Park in Houston, Texas. I then walked for 1 hour on the beach in Galveston, Texas.
On Sunday, October 17, 2010, I (Stanley Bronstein) walked for 3 1/2 hours in Memorial Park in Houston, Texas. I then walked for 1 1/2 hours in Reliant Stadium prior to the Houston Texans football game.
Highlights of the Texas leg of the tour:
- The weather was once again great.
- I got an early start (before 6:00 AM).
- Several of my friends showed up to walk with me and it was good to see them.
- I got to spend time with several family members, some of whom I have not seen in quite some time.
- I made it down to the Galveston Beach, thus I was able to touch the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico while on this tour. I touched all 3 oceans surrounding the United States and had my “Forrest Gump” moments at each, where I saw the ocean and decided to turn around and keep on walking.
- A very dear friend of mine actually drove me down to Galveston, so I not only got to speak with him, I didn’t have to do the driving.
- I visited the cemetery where my parents and several other family members are buried.
- I saw some more friends afterwards.
- I went to my second Houston Texans game and my first in Reliant Stadium in Houston (the other was when they played in Arizona at the Arizona stadium). Houston came from behind and beat the Kansas City Chiefs, 35 to 31 !!!!!
As usual, I recorded a podcast 0f my first walk, which can be listened to
by clicking the button right below these words.
Here are pictures from my walk.
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Here are 5 fast facts about Texas:
- Texas is the second-largest U.S. state by both area and population, and the largest state in the contiguous United States. The name, meaning “friends” or “allies” in Caddo, was applied by the Spanish to the Caddo themselves and to the region of their settlement in East Texas.
- Houston is the largest city in Texas and the fourth-largest in the United States, while San Antonio is the second largest in the state and seventh largest in the United States. Dallas–Fort Worth and Greater Houston are the fourth and sixth largest United States metropolitan areas, respectively. Other major cities include El Paso and Austin—the state capital.
- Texas is nicknamed the Lone Star State to signify Texas as an independent republic and as a reminder of the state’s struggle for independence from Mexico. The “Lone Star” can be found on the Texas State Flag and on the Texas State Seal today.
- One Texas industry that thrived after the Civil War was cattle. Due to its long history as a center of the industry, Texas is associated with the image of the cowboy. The state’s economic fortunes changed in the early 20th century, when oil discoveries initiated an economic boom in the state. With strong investments in universities, Texas developed a diversified economy and high tech industry in the mid-20th century. Today it has more Fortune 500 companies than any other U.S. state. With a growing base of industry, the state leads in many industries, including agriculture, petrochemicals, energy, computers and electronics, aerospace, and biomedical sciences. It leads the nation in export revenue since 2002 and has the second-highest gross state product. Texas’ GDP per capita (nominally) is ranked 29th in the nation, which is below the national average.
- As early as 1837, the Republic made several attempts to negotiate annexation with the United States. Opposition within the republic from the nationalist faction, along with strong abolitionist opposition within the United States, slowed Texas’s admission into the Union. Texas was finally annexed when the expansionist James K. Polk won the election of 1844. On December 29, 1845, Congress admitted Texas to the U.S. as a constituent state of the Union. After Texas’s annexation, Mexico broke diplomatic relations with the United States. While the United States claimed that Texas’s border stretched to the Rio Grande, Mexico claimed it was the Nueces River. While the former Republic of Texas could not enforce its border claims, the United States had the military strength and the political will to do so. President Polk ordered General Zachary Taylor south to the Rio Grande on January 13, 1846. A few months later Mexican troops routed an American cavalry patrol in the disputed area in the Thornton Affair starting the Mexican-American War. The first battles were fought in Texas: the Siege of Fort Texas, Battle of Palo Alto and Battle of Resaca de la Palma. After these decisive victories, the United States invaded Mexican territory ending the fighting in Texas. After a series of United States victories, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ended the two year war. In return, for US $18,250,000, Mexico gave the U.S. undisputed control of Texas, ceded the Mexican Cession in 1848, most of which today is called the American Southwest, and Texas’s borders were established at the Rio Grande. The Compromise of 1850 set Texas’s boundaries at their present form. Texas ceded its claims to land which later became half of present day New Mexico, a third of Colorado, and small portions of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Wyoming to the federal government, in return for the assumption of $10 million of the old republic’s debt.
Next event, Houston Texans football game vs. Kansas City Chiefs – Reliant Stadium – Houston, TX.