Thursday, September 27, 2012

Take THAT, Houston!

After pleading "GET ME OUT OF HERE!" about my last temp job, I didn't think my temp agency would be too keen on hiring me for anything else anytime soon! I was kind of resigned to sending out the occasional resume and watching my $10,000 dwindle as the months passed... But after being unemployed this Monday and Tuesday, they got me something else---and downtown!!! Hurray for downtown! Hooray for the bus that stops right across the street from my apartment, and then only one block from my new workplace! Hooray for getting to be around all types of people (not just college kids and mean office ladies)! Hooray for getting to walk around looking in shop windows at lunch! Hooray for grabbing a sandwich and sitting on a bench all by myself eating it while reading the Chronicle and looking at passersby, and then afterwards having a leisurely smoke (no smoking any more on campus...but I'm not on campus any more, hooray!), right next to this lady! I'd never heard of her, but what a cool story! The lady who saved Austin as the capital of Texas! Hooray!

from the Capital Area Statues website:


In 1842, six years after Texas won its independence from Mexico, the capitol of the young republic was an isolated village on the western frontier whose name had recently been changed from Waterloo to Austin. President Sam Houston thought Austin was an inappropriate location for the capitol of Texas, and campaigned to have it moved to a city he found more to his taste--Houston. When the citizens of Austin resisted his attempts to move the capitol, Houston sent a delegation of Texas Rangers to steal the government archives. They would have succeeded if it had not been for a fiery local innkeeper named Angelina Eberly, who heard the rangers loading their wagons in the middle of the night. She hurried down to the corner of what is now Sixth and Congress and fired off the town cannon, missing the rangers but blowing a hole in the General Land Office building. The cannon fire roused the populace, who chased down the rangers and recovered the archives near Brushy Creek. Had it not been for Angelina’s impulsive gesture, Houston would now be the capitol of Texas. In a very real sense, Angelina Eberly was the savior of Austin.

The Location

The statue of Angelina Eberly firing off her cannon was erected at the very spot this historic event took place: Sixth and Congress in downtown Austin, TX.

The Artist

The sculptor of the Angelina Eberly statue is Pat Oliphant, the most widely syndicated cartoonist in the world. Among his numerous prizes are the Pultizer Prize, the German Thomas Nast Prize, and the Premio Satira Politica of Italy. His achievements as cartoonist, painter, and sculptor have been celebrated in major exhibitions at the Smithsonian Institution, the National Portrait Gallery, and several presidential libraries (including the Lyndon B. Johnson Library). Recently he became the first artist to be exhibited in the newly restored Great Hall of the Library of Congress.

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