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via Facebook/Keep the boat by Jack In The Box on 69S in Lufkin, TX.
via Facebook/Keep the boat by Jack In The Box on 69S in Lufkin, TX.
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Ahoy! All Hands on Deck! Keep the Boat!!

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip, that started from a tropic port aboard this tiny ship.  OK, it's not "The Minnow" that made Gilligan's Island famous, but she is a tiny ship and she's been parked next to the Jack in the Box on 69-South at Denman Avenue for longer than anybody can remember. She may as well be on a desert island.

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source: USS Texas BB35
source: USS Texas BB35
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Battleship Texas Dry Berth Plans On Hold

Because of the ever increasing costs of repairing the old dreadnought, plans to build a dry berth around the ancient Battleship Texas have been moved to the back burner - for now.  The old ship's future -- if it even has one -- is now in serious doubt.

The ship's managers are spending all the money they're getting from the state just to fix all the leaks and keep her afloat in her mooring at the San Jacinto Battleground State Park.

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Texas Governors Mansion
Texas Governors Mansion
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Perrys Show Off Restored Governor’s Mansion

Has it really been four years?  It was in 2008 that an arsonist set fire to the historic Texas Governors Mansion across the street from the State  Capitol in Austin, but that's history now.  The Austin American-Statesman reports the mansion is ready to be the Governor's home again.

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Hulton Archive, Getty Images
Hulton Archive, Getty Images
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This Day in History for July 9 – President Zachary Taylor Dies and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1850 – Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the U.S., dies of cholera after only 16 months in office (More info)

1868 – The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing African-Americans full citizenship and all persons in the United States due process of law (More info)

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via Chris Hondros, Getty Images
via Chris Hondros, Getty Images
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Lufkin Juneteenth Celebration Starts Saturday

Juneteenth -- June 19th -- is the anniversary of the official ending of slavery in the United States.  It was on that date in 1865 that Union Army General Gordon Granger landed in Galveston, and proclaimed the Emancipation Proclamation that abolished slavery and freed the slaves in the 10 Confederate states.

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via Flickr/Al Pavangkanan
via Flickr/Al Pavangkanan
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B’Ship Texas Leaking — Is She Doomed?

The historic 100 year old Battleship Texas at San Jacinto State Park is fighting a new enemy, and she may not win this battle.  She's so rusty her hull is leaking. Worse, fixing this latest leak is like trying to save a dying man with a band-aid. It's sad to contemplate, but this most historic of all 20th century battleships appears to be doomed.

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via TexasCourthouses.com
via TexasCourthouses.com
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Polk County Courthouse on Endangered List

Although it's nowhere near as old as many public buildings, the Texas Historical Commission says the Polk County Courthouse in Livingston is one of the most endangered courthouses in the state.  The THC says unless it gets major work soon, the building will have to be demolished.

 

THC

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via Facebook/Space Shuttle Explorer
via Facebook/Space Shuttle Explorer
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Space Shuttle Replica Arrives in Houston

Houston's "consolation prize" in NASA's space shuttle giveaway has arrived.  The 65 ton full-scale model named Explorer has been towed from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Space Center Houston, the tourist attraction next door to the Johnson Space Center.

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