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Six Flags over Texas, and Then Some


Today is the 177th birthday of the Republic of Texas, so let’s all celebrate!  I plan to eat a really big piece of cake. It is also Texas Flag Day, and if that wasn’t enough for one day, it is also the birthday of Sam Houston.  Good Grief!  Maybe that deserves two really big pieces of cake!

Texas has flown the flags of six different nations (Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederate States of America, and the United States of America), so #4 is the Lone Star Flag, and it was officially adopted on 25 Jan 1839.


March 2nd, 1836 is the day the Texas Declaration of Independence was signed by delegates to the Convention of 1836 at the village of Washington-on-the-Brazos. The revolution against the government of Mexico had been underway for exactly five months, and the Alamo (in San Antonio) was under siege by Mexican troops.  It would fall four days later on March 6th. The courage of the defenders of the Alamo, and the cry,  “Remember the Alamo!”, would embolden fellow Texans as they battled for, and won, their independence in the coming weeks.

As awesome as the Lone Star Flag is, I was smitten by another flag of the Texas Revolution…

come and take it flag

I like to imagine a Texas NHL team named the Dallas Cannonballs (so much tougher sounding than the Stars) and the Dallas Cowboys with the word “Boom” on the sides of their helmets.

There are other pictures of early Texas flags you might enjoy while eating your cake. And on March 6th, be sure to Remember the Alamo!

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I am an Accredited Genealogist® professional living in California. I have been researching and teaching since 1988.

4 thoughts on “Six Flags over Texas, and Then Some

  1. Hi Dayna, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving those kind words. I once thought of becoming a professional genealogist then I figured it might not be a good idea for me since I was having so much trouble just doing my own! 🙂

  2. Hi I am working at the Sacramento Library. we are doing the OLIB WEB program. Every book in the library is being checked to see if we can digitize it. we have to check the copyright and see if we can scan it. I work in the Library on Friday we I only catalogue the books. Are you doing the books there. They are getting rid of most of the books here. once they are digitized we send them to SLC PAT


    1. Hi Pat,

      No, we have not started a digitization project. I am guessing we will be looking into that on some level. Did Salt Lake send you the equipment to digitize the books? (camera/scanner)

      Thanks, Dayna

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