The Yellow Rose of Texas
While I continue to work on my "Austin list", I'm lucky enough to have family in San Antonio this year. Last weekend I visited with David and Lori, and had a fun, interesting 8-hour tour of the city. David and I walked nearly 6 miles to see the sights then headed home for great food, adult beverages, and some serious gab.
There is so much history in San Antonio with so many ties to other significant events, people and places. The Old Spanish Trail which stretched from St. Augustine, Florida to Los Angeles, California passed by the current City Hall. The five missions, established along the San Antonio River in the 18th century, became the largest concentration of Catholic missions in all of North America. Fiesta is more than a big party. It was organized for the first time in 1891 by women to honor the heroes from the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. To this day, now in its 125th year, it is still organized by women.
Speaking of, there are a few women I discovered for the first time in San Antonio that deserve much more attention from me. Who was the "Yellow Rose of Texas" of folk song fame? Who is this Emily Morgan that I never heard of before? Is there a biography on Clara Driscoll, the "savior of the Alamo"?
Meanwhile, I will admit that I thought Davy Crockett uttered those famous words, "Remember the Alamo!". Sorry, Sam.
4/23/2016 09:49:21 am
No bike photos!!??? Nice contrast of centuries-old missions w/ colorfulness of Fiesta activities. Missions philosophy may be answer to inactivity of present-day Catholic churches. Good thing David was along for proportional sense of photo ops (mission window, hotel lobby). MA connection with P.O. and courthouse is in its 16-panel murals of Texas history (will not yet reveal name of MA artist involved!). i also never knew that there was a real Yellow Rose of Texas---thought song was general homage to any Texan gal.
4/24/2016 05:18:56 pm
AMG ... we'll see if anyone else finds the MA connection. Indeed the "yellow rose" is an interesting tale...I love this "legendary" story:
4/23/2016 10:28:30 pm
Am now more anxious to get to TX, you've convinced me. U look good, fun to have family around. Pics tell great story. See Lady in the Van. Town hopping and me too, just saw 2 super shows Stoltz Rm. Didn't like Nightingale. Pat Bates moving to PA. Walked boardwalk in Rehoboth yesterday. hugs. lo
4/24/2016 05:16:32 pm
Lo ... astounding my 3+ months here in Austin is already down to just 5 weeks. When are you coming :)? Will need to create a movie list when I have a TV in my future! Juggling many balls in the air here too. Will write soon.
4/26/2016 12:40:55 am
Dear Judy... love catching up on my blog reading... you gotta say who the MA artist is!!!!! And so many women to know about since they are often a mention vs a subject or simply not known at all no matter what state or country. Wish I could come visit you in Austin. You look great and I want to drink whatever water you do XO.
4/26/2016 09:51:53 pm
Barb ... indeed, there is so much opportunity to bring so many women in history to the forefront --- shall we rewrite history as our retirement project? Hm.
5/9/2016 08:05:34 pm
Once again, thanks for sharing your adventures. I so love following all the Historical Sights that you are visiting. I will be checking out the web sights that you recommended.
5/9/2016 08:21:24 pm
Thanks for visiting & hope all is well. I will be updating the blog in a day or two! Working too much but not forgetting how to play!
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