Gladys Porter Zoo is a world renown wildlife preserve with its open exhibits situated within a lush exotic botanical garden and natural subtropical climate in this region. It is located in the heart of Brownsville, and is known as one of the City's iconic attractions. Gladys Porter Zoo is truly a family favorite not to be missed.
In the early 60s, a small group of the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce leaders gathered to discuss a method of implementing a project that would promote relations between the United States and Mexico. Another mission of this project would be to publicize the international way of life in the border cities of Brownsville, Texas and Matamoros, Mexico through the eventual building of The Amigo Museum.
In Fort Bend County, Sugar cane commercial production started with William Stafford. He brought his familiarity of processing sugar cane juice into sugar from Louisiana. Settling on Oyster Creek (Stafford’s Point), Stafford raised a small amount of sugar cane producing a low-quality outcome.
According to Brazoria County's website, Stephen F. Austin-Munson Historical County Park represents a unique private-public partnership, and is a culmination of years of community support for Brazoria County’s most famous resident, Stephen F. Austin,'the Father of Texas,' as he was first called by fellow early Texan, Sam Houston.
Dick Dowling Day Memorial Commemoration -Dick Dowling Camp 1295 and the Jefferson County Historical Commission will present a memorial commemoration at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Dick Dowling statue at the Sabine Pass Battleground State Historic Site at 6100 Dick Dowling Road in Sabine Pass.
On Sept. 8, 1863, Confederate Lieutenant Dick Dowling and his understrength artillery company repelled a 22-ship Union armada during the Civil War. The site, now a Texas Historical Commission property, was the site of Confederate Fort Griffin, a strong earthen artillery emplacement guarding where the Sabine River enters the Gulf of Mexico. The 58-acre site highlights the story of the Davis Guard thwarting an attempted Union invasion of Texas at Sabine Pass, a primary Texas port for Confederate shipments of supplies and vital to the war effort. In a battle lasting less than an hour, Dowling and his men disabled and captured two gunboats, resulting in significant casualties and the capture of nearly 350 prisoners. Because of their efforts, ports upstream in Port Arthur, Beaumont and Orange escaped capture and Union forces never penetrated the Texas interior.
During the Spanish American War, World War I and World War II, the area was also the site of a U.S. Army coastal artillery battery. Four historic munitions magazines are still on site. Grounds feature a stately bronze statue of Dowling by Beaumont artist Herring Coe. Also on site are many state historical markers, a monument dedicated to the Union casualties, a reduced scale replica of Fort Griffin, the “Walking Beam” (a large part salvaged from the captured USS Clifton, an interpretive pavilion illustrating the story of the battle, a boat ramp and picnicking and fishing areas.