Mantle Place of origin: England, Britain (made) Date: ca. 1885 (made) Artist/Maker: Unknown (production) Materials and Techniques: Velvet, ribbon and silk cord, lined with satin Credit Line: Given by Mrs M. Lawrence Museum number: T.299-1983
The corner of Travis St. and Texas Ave. was the site of the Capitol of the Republic of Texas from 1837-1839. Lawless Spirits & Kitchen now sits in the original space under the historic Rice Hotel and features one of Houston’s best patio views.
The song “The Yellow Rose of Texas” refers to a mulatto slave named Emily West Morgan, who reportedly helped Texas win the Texas Revolution. Owned by Texas Col. James Morgan, Morgan was captured by the Mexican army and held hostage by General Antonio López de Santa Anna. Forced to spend the day satisfying the General, he forgot to warn his Mexican army about the Texas soldiers, thus getting caught by surprise and losing the Battle of San Jacinto
The Executive Mansion, 1837-38. This rude cabin served as the President's Mansion in the temporary capital of Houston. The town was infamous for drunkenness, profanity, and brawling, and it is said that Sam Houston helped to set that tone! Photo held by the Texas State Library and Archives, Prints and Photographs Collection, 1/103-507-B.