Historically interesting places
Mission Control Center in Houston
"Houston we have a problem". Everyone knows this sentence. It was sent from
Apollo 13 to the Mission Control Center in Houston. NASA's Mission Control
Center is located in the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. From here, all US space
missions have been monitored and partially controlled since 1965. Here is also
the place where the first message came from: "This is a small step for a human
being, but a huge leap for humanity".
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||2101 Nasa Parkway
Houston, Texas 77586
Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park
The Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park is located in the far south
of Texas near the city of Brownsville. At this point a battle between the United
States and Mexico took place on May 8, 1846. In the park, visitors will find
plenty of information about the battle, its course and its consequences. The
park covers a total area of approximately 13.6 kmē and was established in
||7200 Paredes Line Road
Brownsville, TX 78526
San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site
The San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site is located in the city of La
Porte in southeastern Texas. The biggest peculiarity of the park is certainly
the San Jacinto Monument. The San Jacinto Monument is a 172 m high obelisk. At
172m, the San Jacinto Monument is the second tallest monument in the United
States. The structure was built from 1936 to 1939. A 220-ton star is attached to
the top. The San Jacinto Monument commemorates the Battle of San Jacinto in
||3523 Battleground Road
LaPorte Texas 77571
Fort Davis National Historic Site
The Fort Davis National Historic Site is located in western Texas and was
established in 1961. The area covers an area of approximately 2 kmē. The Fort
Davis National Historic Site commemorates a typical American wild west fort.
Fort Davis was used from 1854 to 1891 to protect railroad connections. Today
there are 24 historic buildings that have been restored and over 100 ruins of
former buildings. 5 of the restored buildings are furnished in the style of the
1880s, reviving the past.
Special buildings and structures
The 351 m long and up to 70 m high Pennybacker Bridge crosses Lake Austin near
Austin. It is part of the Loop 360 highway that runs through Austin. The bridge
is an eye-catcher and is made of weatherproof structural steel, a material that
oxidizes over time and forms a rust-like patina. Since its completion on
December 3, 1982, the Pennybacker Bridge has been a popular photo motif not only
among Americans. The building received its name in honor of the Texas civil
engineer Percy V. Pennybacker Jr. (1895-1963)
Reunion Tower in Dallas
The Reunion Tower in Dallas is a 171 m high observation tower. The building is
part of the Hyatt Regency Hotel complex. The Reunion Tower was opened in 1978.
There is a restaurant on the top floor of the Reunion Tower. This turns and on
the floor below there are irregular special events. The Reunion Tower is located
across from Dallas train station.
||300 Reunion Boulevard
Dallas, Texas 75207
Texas State Capitol in Austin
The Texas State Capitol was built from 1882 to 1888 and is now the seat of the
Texas Legislature. The Texas governor also has his office here. The building was
built in the style of the Italian Renaissance. The Texas State Capitol has a
height of approx. 94 m and is therefore higher than the Capitol in Washington
DC. Inside the building you can experience the echo of the rotunda in an
||1100 North Congress Avenue
Austin, Texas 78701
McMahon Building in Wichita Falls
The McMahon Building in the city of Wichita Falls is a skyscraper built in 1919.
The McMahon Building has a height of 12.2 m and brought some ridicule to the
city of Wichita Falls after its completion. The building is said to be the
world's smallest skyscraper. Nowadays, however, it is the city's main attraction
and has survived tornadoes, fires and the city's social decline after the oil
Alamo in San Antonio
The Alamo in the city of San Antonio is a former mission that was later
expanded into a fort. The Alamo is particularly famous for the battle in the
Texas War of Independence. The Alamo was built by the Spaniards in 1744 and was
initially used as a mission. In 1836 there was a siege and battle between the
Mexican army and American insurgents. The best known of them was certainly Davy
Crockett. There is now a museum on the site that attracts over 4 million
visitors annually and commemorates Texas independence. The Alamo has been a
historic sight since 1960.
Dallas County Administration Building
The Dallas County Administration Building, formerly known as the Texas
School Book Depository, is the building from which Lee Harvey Oswald shot John
F. Kennedy. The building was built in 1898 in the neo-Romanesque style. The
building now houses the Sixth Floor Museum.
||411 Elm Street
Dallas, Texas 75202
John Neely Bryan Cabin in Dallas
In the middle of the city of Dallas there is a small wooden hut, the
John Neely Bryan Cabin. John Neely Bryan is the founder of the city of Dallas.
In honor of this, a replica of the wooden hut he lived in was built on Dealy
Plaza. The reconstruction dates from 1936. Anyone who is in the city should not
miss a short visit.
Magnolia Hotel in Dallas
The Magnolia Hotel in the city of Dallas was built in 1921 in the style
of Beaux-Arts. The 29-story building was the tallest building in the city and
throughout Texas for many years. Since 1934 the sculpture of a red horse, called
Red Pegasus, has been on the roof of the building.
||1401 Commerce Street
Dallas, Texas 75201