Birthplace of the texas State Flag Montgomery Reviews
Birthplace of the Texas State Flag Nov 17, 2009
Driving back to Houston last week from College Station I went past an old ‘scene of the crime’ and had to pull over to grab a picture. Though solo this trip, I used to rendezvous with an associate from Dayton, Ohio at the Houston airport in the evening and we would share a rental car to make the 2-1/2 hour push to Aggieland. The first time we would learn a valuable lesson.
The journey started well since we were both Diamond Club members in National, which means you just jump into a car and show them your Driver’s License on the way out – the quickest way to pick up a car by far! Our route included a stretch of State Highway 105, basically a four lane highway with 60 MPH limits. However, when you pass through the small, historic town of Montgomery, there are a few (not highly visible) signs proclaiming 35 MPH as the limit. Well, we were gabbing and who would suspect a decrease when your still cruising a four lane roadway?
Naturally the red lights flashed and we pulled off into a park in Montgomery. The cruiser trained a spotlight on us and we sat there for several tense minutes before the officer emerged and walked up. First question is whether we realized we were doing 63 in a 35? We were startled that we missed the need to slow down, but as a former Texas resident I was genuinely nervous for my partner behind the wheel – they can throw you in jail for exceeding the limit by more than 25 mph!
The next statement from the officer was strike two: ”I can’t find this vehicle registered anywhere in my database.” The odometer had only 147 miles, it was obviously brand new and we must have been the inaugural pilots, so we explained it was a rental. But strike three was that with Diamond Club you don’t get any paperwork! At this point I thought we were staying in the pokey for the night.
But fate is kind and when the officer finally asked for my partner’s Driver’s License, a get-out-of-jail-free card appeared. To make a long story short, our officer’s parents lived in Columbus, Ohio and seeing the Dayton license led to a pleasant conversation around Ohio State Buckeye prospects and we got off with a warning - PHEW!
So I’m driving past the park again and noticed the name, Cedar Brake Park. That was too humorous to resist, so I pulled off to take a picture to e-mail my friend who dodged a bullet. Montgomery must be a good place for karma, because right across the street from me was the Montgomery Town Hall and a memorial proclaiming “Birthplace of the Texas Flag.”
As it turns out, Montgomery is one of the oldest towns in Texas and home of the person who created the Texas state flag. Dr. Stewart was a pharmacist (and postmaster) in Montgomery who was tapped to design a flag for the Republic of Texas in the 1830’s. Stewart’s layout featured three rectangles, the horizontal blue one (where the lone star appears) signifying loyalty, a red one for bravery and white for purity. When Texas became a state in 1845, the design was modified a bit and adopted as the state flag, and Dr. Stewart would be its first Secretary of State.
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