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Washington-on-the-Brazos features new etched panel

In the 1830s, the Texas capital of Washington was alive with the spirit of independence and revolution, filled with shopkeepers, tradesmen and government officials trying to build a new nation on the banks of the Brazos.

In a new way of telling the story of state parks, Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site unveiled an etched glass panel that lets visitors envision what Washington may have looked like in its heyday. 

“I think it really puts you there in the spot,” says Eric Ray, lead interpretive planner for state parks. “What we’re always trying to do at parks is make people feel like they’re a part of the story. We’re showing people that back in the 1840s here’s what this bustling main street would have looked like from right where you’re standing. It really helps transport people back in an immediate way.”

Earlier in the year, TPWD installed an etched panel at Mission Rosario State Historic Site in Goliad to give a visual representation of what the mission may have looked like.  

Visit texasstateparks.org/history for more information about Texas history. 

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