Clipped From Denton Record-Chronicle
These i 1 i i | on a U. S. <-t?.mp of the series of 1894, $5 gray green, enlarged. ond president of the Republic. TEXAS TODAY (By Associated Press) Austin, founded one hundred years ago this summer, has been the capital of Texas since except for two and one half years. Selection, of Austin, then known as Waterloo, caused hard feelings in early-day politics and. probably would not have been chosen but for the vision of Mirabeau Lamar, sec- . . | som eday make Texas an enormous | factor in national prosperity. -But thg Qffer was not accepled and public opinion in Texas demanded that the United States be. shown Texas 'could stand on its own feet." To do this mean that the frontiers frontiers would have to be expanded. President Lamar had dreams of a vast empire that \vould extend to the Pacific Ocean. A year earlier, earlier, Texas had tendered its offer fcr annexation to the United States coupling with the offer a list of re- j sources" and properties that would 1 : The" ca'oital w£Tin HoustonTtthe' j i time of Lamar's election, and must j remain there until 1840 as the i temporary seat of government. i Houston wanted it to' remain, but 1 was anxious for it to be moved. Lamar wanted it moved. to' The representatives of East Texas fought those from the \vest. but an order issued by Lamar on April his seat declared vacant. Re-elected, his constituents put a throne on a wagon and put 'Uncle Bob" on it. Then they marched around the town, parading him to the capitol building crying 'Down with secret sessions . . . Hurrah for Uncle Bob." It is reported they would have rolled him into the chambers had he not forbade it. The site was moved from Houston Houston despite -these demonstrations. It is no wonder then that discard prevailed at the first session of Congress in. Austin in November, 1339. When General Woll invaded San Antonio, General Houston decided the archives of the state were in danger and ordered their secret removal removal to Houston. A sensational colonial colonial civil battle ensued but the seat of government remained away from Austin for two and one-half years during the trouble with Mexico. Mexico. Enemies of the visionary Lamar were wont to term this location of the capital one of his most serious serious follies. Indians and Me?:icans were a constant threat, but the idealistic empire builder had to keep the capitol abreast of his plan to expand the frontiers north and \ west. In his time the population centered somewhere northwest of Houston. Now the capital is declared declared by ardent westerners to be "too far east." The population center center of the state, however, supports Lamar's vision of the the state's growth and gives favor to his selection selection of the site.