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LEAVING LOUISIANA FOR TEXAS

Enroute to and arrival at College Station/Bryan, TX

sunny 95 °F

The skies were clear and the temperatures rising as I left Lafayette, LA for the state line. As my usual practice, I stopped at the Welcome Center to get the 'scoop' on interesting things to visit along the way. There happened to be a chamber of commerce promotional fair going on at the Center. One booth offered free pizza slices so that took care of lunch! One of the ladies at the tourism counter took me under her wing and gave me College Station and Dallas literature. My GPS directed me west to the Houston Beltway (I-610) then north through the 'Texas Hill Country' on I-45 toward College Station. Houston, being our nation's 4th largest city produces alot of traffic. Fortunately, I made it through without incident. The day's temp. rose to 97 degrees! When I arrived at the campground I got the MH leveled (a simple touch of a button) then plugged in the electric to activate the 2 roof air conditioners. After a cool shower I headed into town to 'get a lay of the land' for tomorrow, and to get some supper.

College Station, in addition to, being the site of the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum, is home to Texas A&M University whose student body is the largest in the United States. A&M stands for Agriculture & Mechanic Arts. The "AGGIES" dominate the scene in College Station/Bryan. Founded in 1876 as a research-intensive institution, the state university has an enrollment of 63,000 students on campus with another 5,700 at branch campuses through out the state. It is the second-largest public university in the country and its campus encompasses 5,500 acres. Originally, admission was limited to white males, only and participation in military training was required. My how times have changed!
It was not until the 1960's that A&M started admitting women and blacks. It presently remains as one of only 6 senior military colleges and has the largest uniformed Corps of Cadets outside the national service academies. Aggie Football is KING, and the team plays at Kyle Field, the 5th largest stadium in the world, with a capacity of 102,733 fans. After enlarging the facility to its present size game tickets for the season sold out in 18 minutes!

The George H. W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum is located on 90 acres of A&M's East Campus not far from the Sports Complex and Stadium. It includes the large main building with various exhibits and several adjacent buildings for The School of Government Studies, etc. The beautiful grounds include the Barbara Bush Memorial Rose Garden overlooking a large reflection pond. Behind one walks over an arched bridge to Barbara's burial site along with their 3 yr. old daughter, Robin who died of leukemia many years ago. The President will rest between them when he passes. It is a very serene spot carved out of a wooded area near a stream (hence the bridge).

The Bush & Pierce families were of 'upper crust' and politically connected. While the Bushs' call themselves Texans they are yankees from MS & CT.
More on this on tomorrow's blog.

Posted by dixter 14:15 Archived in USA Tagged station college

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