Visit to the Texas National Guard Museum: Camp Mabry, Austin, Texas
My wife and I were in Austin, Texas visiting my daughter and her husband today and I had some free time while the ladies were off shopping. I decided I wanted to visit the Texas National Guard Museum which is located at Camp Mabry, the headquarters for the Texas National Guard, that is located near downtown Austin. I have sped past Camp Mabry on the freeway probably 1000 times, but had never stopped in. I was very impressed with the museum, which is located in a huge warehouse that was built in the late 1800s/early 1900s. The history displayed here begins in the 1830s (Texas independence from Mexico), then goes through the various wars that the soldiers of Texas and Texas National Guard have participated in. There are even displays of the Texas Navy, when Texas was a republic and not a state, as well as the US Civil War. Since this is a museum for the various types of units of the Texas National Guard, you get to see artifacts from infantry, navy, armor, and aircraft. The museum has a tremendous number of immaculately restored weapons, vehicles, uniforms, and so on. They also have a bunch of armor that I had not seen in other museums, including US weapons, German WW1 & WW2 weapons, and an Iraqi MTLB. They have several dioramas that have some really great modeling involved. It was a little cool here (55 degrees)(don't laugh), but I spent a lot of time outside looking at the armor on display there. I took about 200 pictures on my new iPhone (Christmas present), and I thought some of you might find some of them interesting. I hope everyone has a great New Year!
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