The Texas legislature has designated Lockhart, TX, as the official Barbeque Capital of Texas. What do you do when you find yourself near Lockhart, Texas?
Montgomery (pics) became Alabama’s capital city in 1847 and the current Capitol dates from 1851. Alabama’s State Capitol is notable for two very significant events. In 1861, The Confederate States of America was born in the Senate Chamber, where delegates from Southern states voted to establish a new nation. A little more than a century later, the 1965 Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March led by the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., ended on the street in front of the Capitol.
Raleigh, North Carolina
Our first stop in North Carolina was the capital city of Raleigh (pics). In keeping with our practice of visiting state Capitol buildings we encounter, we began our tour of Raleigh at the North Carolina State Capitol. Completed in 1840 and built in a Greek Revival style, this Capitol has become mostly ceremonial and historical in nature. While the Governor’s office remains here, in the early 1960’s the legislature moved to a newly constructed State Legislative Building.
We arrived in Memphis (pics), “River City”, to be met with a very brisk, very cold wind. We entered Memphis from the west so we crossed over the Interstate 40 bridge with a great view of the city skyline. We stopped into the Tennessee welcome center which is just at the bottom of the first exit after crossing the Mississippi River.