When many people think of Texas, one of the few things that they realize is that Texas has a very rich history. If you have the opportunity to visit the great state of Texas, then taking up just a little bit of time to stop in and visit one of the places listed below is a great way to view just a little bit of the rich history of this amazing state.
#1 The Alamo
Located just outside of San Antonio, the Alamo is perhaps the most popular historical site in Texas, the Alamo receives more than 2 million visitors every year. Originally, the Alamo served as a church that was built in 1744. In 1836, the church was repurposed as a fort, and became very famous during the battle of Texas Independence.
A small force of 187 people fighting for the independence of Texas defended against more than 3000 Mexican troops. All 187 defenders lost their lives during the battle but it sparked a revolution that eventually led to the state of Texas receiving independence from Mexico.
Now, you can tour the site and see things such as restored mission buildings from the original church as well as memorials for the soldiers that lost their lives fighting for independence.
#2 President Kennedy and the Sixth Floor Museum
Located in Dallas, the Sixth Floor Museum pays homage to the United States’ 35th President, John F. Kennedy. The museum is located in the building that was originally the Texas School Book Depository, where the fatal shot was fired on November 23, 1963 that resulted in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Inside Museum you can find exhibits that outline President Kennedy’s presidency as well as his assassination and give a bit of insight into the political environment of the time. There are also many special exhibits that come to the museum from time to time.
Regardless of age, taking the time to visit the Sixth Floor Museum will help you and your family gain of you into the history of the nation of the United States of America.
#3 Historic Downtown McKinney
Name the county seat of Collin County Texas in 1848, historic downtown McKinney offers amazing shopping, dining, and more, while also giving a bit of historic flair.
If you’re looking for a bit of a lighter historic experience, downtown McKinney is exactly where you want to go. This small town offers numerous boutiques for shopping, great dining experiences, and much more all while outlining the history of this interesting small town.
As you can see above, Texas offers numerous historic sites that you can visit in just a few hours, or even devote a full day to understanding the rich history of this great state.