The Bob Bullock Museum in Austin, Texas

Bob Bullock Museum Star in front of museum by L.A. Cargill

Texas History Museum

Neon sign of Texas by L.A. Cargill
Texas in a neon sign!
Ball Gown by L.A. Cargill
Rhinestone Ball Dress
Big Tex Cowboy by L.A. Cargill
Big Tex in Neon

Austin, Texas Attractions, the Bob Bullock Museum

It's not bragging if it's true!

The State Song of Texas:

Just in case you were wondering what the state song is (I ask this question of nearly everyone I meet), it is a 3 word title and 2 of the words are 'Texas'.

The answer is.... wait for it.... Texas Our Texas! It was written by William J. Marsh of Fort Worth. The lyrics were written by Marsh and Gladys Yoakum Wright. It was adopted by the state legislature in 1929.

The Bob Bullock Museum:

Here's another overlooked Texas attraction - the Bob Bullock Museum. I visited there when it first opened and took these photos. I love to go to places that are more or less unheard of and this Austin museum is one of those places.

It has gained in popularity since its opening and is now officially a beloved Austin, Texas tourist attraction.

The 35-foot-tall bronze Lone Star sculpture greets visitors in front of the Museum, and a colorful terrazzo floor in the museum’s rotunda features a campfire scene with enduring themes from Texas’ past.

The grand entry hall, the rotunda mentioned above, has a mosaic on the floor that is best viewed from the second or third story and there are elevators available for those gravity challenged individuals like myself. There is a rather decent lunch room on the second floor and it does serve a few Texas favorites. The exhibits on all 3 floors are interactive and very well put together.

The big star out front is just a taste of what's inside. Aside from having a nifty theater (The Texas Spirit Theater) that makes you feel like you were there for the hurricane that wiped out Galveston Island, there is a huge Imax theater that I've been to many times. It's one of the best Imax screens in the state.

Big Tex in neon! It ain't braggin' if it's true! You got that right mister. You may have heard some exaggerated claims about Texas and even some weird things about Austin, but I'm here to tell you, it's all true. Yep, every last word!

Now, if you get tired, I don't recommend sitting in the chair made of horns. It''s Texas quaint, but it sure don't look comfortable! Texans were always into recycling things, I reckon.

The museum even has a prom dress! With sequins and all, it probably weighs more than I do and that's saying a lot! Still it's nice understated attire for your date tonight. Don't you think?

You can find out all about this museum at The Story of Texas web site. There is information about the museum, the Imax theater, hotels nearby, parking, and a map to show you how to get there. If you come to Austin, you really should visit this museum!

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Ever seen a car covered with Rhinestones?

The rumor is that this car belonged to one governor's wife who was also referred to as the Yellow Rose of Texas. She often drove the car in various parades. The original Yellow Rose of Texas was thought to be a mulatto woman that saved the state by keeping General Santa Ana busy while General Sam Houston kicked his butt. The lyrics were penned by an unknown author and the 1836 paper they were first known to be written on is still here in Austin at the University of Texas. Read the legend behind the song.

Neon anyone?

Last, but not least for this hub is the beautiful neon Texas sign hanging in the museum. I'm threatening to have a duplicate made and hang it in my patio area. Wouldn't that look totally Texan awesome?

Here are some more photos!

Rhinestone Car by L.A. Cargill
The Rhinestone studded car front
Rhinestone car back by L.A. Cargill
Rhinestone car back
Chair made of horns by L.A. Cargill
A chair made of horns

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