Time, Market, and the Capitol

 In Texas, United States of America

The last time I posted about Texas was when I toured within downtown Dallas and I titled it the Assassination and the Garden. This time I went farther than Dallas. I explored other town and cities such as Amarillo, Waco and the capital of the state, Austin.

On those above mentioned places, there are specific attractions that drive the tourists to visit the city. Texas is a big state, driving from east to west may take 12 hours to complete the trip. Not that I tried it but when I checked thru GPS, Marshall from East Texas to El Paso which is West Texas takes about 13 hours. Thus, if a traveler plans to visit Texas, they should do some research on what cities and attractions they are inclined to seeing. The reason why I called my article today, Time, Market and the Capitol.

I was in Amarillo since it was on my way home from New Mexico. I was doing some research before I head back home and I found out that they have this interesting location. It was like a Time Capsule in the Helium Time Columns Monument which was in Jack B. Kelley Plaza.

The Helium Time Columns Monument

The Helium Time Columns Monument is a large monument/ time capsule built in 1968 to commemorate the centennial of the discovery of helium. It is a six-story, stainless steel structure with a big helium molecule in its center in observance to all of the helium that’s buried under Amarillo. Located at 1200-1348 Streit Dr, Amarillo, TX 79106.

I had a quick trip to Waco. If you are not into home improvements and don’t watch tv series about it then you might not know the famous tv show, Fixer Upper. Most of the episodes were shot in Waco since the hosts were from there. They have a farm and everyone who watch the shows would die to get in their farm. I visited the popular, Magnolia Market at the Silos.

Magnolia Market at the Silos

Magnolia Market at the Silos or commonly called Magnolia Market is a shopping complex that occupies two city blocks in downtown Waco. It is marked by two 120-foot high silos  which were built in 1950 as a part of the Brazos Valley Cotton Oil Company. Thru Magnolia Market, shoppers can experience unique home décor and lifestyle journal which are handpicked by Joanna and can check design blog and reality properties which are all owned and operated by Chip. The market is located at 601 Webster Ave, Waco, TX 76706.

The other week, my friends and I decided to visit the capital of the state, Austin. Austin is about 3 hours drive from Dallas. When we got to Austin, we just made our itinerary to visit Texas Capitol.

Texas State Capitol

It is the capitol building and seat government of the state of Texas. The building has been added to the National Register of Historic Places and recognized as a National Historic Landmark. It is the sixth tallest state capitol in the country. Texas State Capitol houses the offices and chambers of the state legislature and the state governor.

Another side trip since we were in Austin was the Bullock Texas State History Museum. It was just close to the capitol anyway. A quick drive of 5 mins to get to the museum.

Bullock Texas State History Museum

The Bullock Texas State History Museum is a history museum dedicated to interpreting the continually unfolding of the story of Texas to the broadest possible audience through meaningful educational experience. It was named after the 38th Lieutenant Governor of the State, Bob Bullock. He worked for the preservation and exhibition of Texas history and established the museum’s completion.

It was a good way to get to know my new home state of Texas by visiting famous and other cities such as Amarillo, Waco and Austin. I picked the popular spots which were the time capsule, the market, and the capitol. I still have a lot of locations to explore in Texas since the state is the second largest in the United States.

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