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Entry from March 28, 2014
Where Texas Became Texas (Washington-on-the-Brazos slogan)

Washington-on-the-Brazos (an unincorporated area on the Brazos River in Washington County, Texas) is where delegates declared Texas independence on March 2, 1836, and adopted a constitution on March 16, 1836. For Texas Independence Day on March 2, 2014, Dyal and Partners developed the slogan “Where Texas Became Texas.” The slogan was used in advertisements and appeared in news articles.

Wikipedia: Washngton-on-the-Brazos, Texas
Washington-on-the-Brazos (also known as Washington) is an unincorporated area along the Brazos River in Washington County, Texas, United States. It was founded when Texas was still a part of Mexico, and the settlement became the site of the Convention of 1836 and the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence. The name “Washington-on-the-Brazos” was used to distinguish the settlement from “Washington-on-the-Potomac”.

Washington-on-the-Brazos is known as “the birthplace of Texas”, a distinction it earned when on March 1, 1836 it became the meeting place of the Texas delegates who formally announced Texas’ intention to separate from Mexico and who drafted the constitution of the new Republic of Texas, organizing an interim government to serve until an officially elected government could be put in place.

The delegates declared independence on March 2, 1836. Their constitution was adopted on March 16. The delegates worked until March 17, when they had to flee, along with the people of Washington, to escape the advancing Mexican Army. The townspeople returned after the Mexican Army was defeated at San Jacinto on April 21. Town leaders lobbied for Washington’s designation as the permanent capital of the Republic of Texas, but leaders of the Republic passed over Washington in favor of Waterloo, which later was renamed Austin.

Dyal and Partners
Washington on the Brazos
Central Texas
Client: Washington on the Brazos State Park Association

As the site of the signing of the 1836 Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico, Washington on the Brazos is generally considered to be one of the three most important historic sites in Texas related to the formation of our state (along with the Alamo and the San Jacinto Battleground site).

Over the years the historic site has become home to several additional attractions, but its historic significance has been under-appreciated in the public’s mind. Dyal & Partners created the tagline “Where Texas Became Texas” to reassert the site’s importance, and headlines such as “Between the Alamo and San Jacinto, Texas Became Texas” seek to (rightly so) position the site on an equal level to these other better known sites.
Celebrate Texas Independence Day on the very spot where Texas became Texas
Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 8:55 am | Updated: 9:02 am, Thu Jan 30, 2014.
All Texans (natural born, and those that got here as soon as they could) are invited to a Texas-sized 178th birthday celebration on the very spot “where Texas became Texas” in 1836 when 59 delegates bravely met to make a formal declaration of independence from Mexico.

“Texas Independence Day Celebration” is a two-day celebration on Saturday March 1 and Sunday, March 2, 2014 on the expansive 293-acre park grounds of the Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site between Brenham and Navasota. The birthday celebration features live music, food, traditional crafts, living history presentations, firing demonstrations, historical encampments and commemorative programs—all with no park entrance or parking fees.

Houston (TX) Chronicle
Baggett: Birthplace of Texas remains understated
By Donnis Baggett | March 1, 2014 | Updated: March 1, 2014 2:32pm
Today, a few thousand ardent Texans will gather 70 miles northwest of Houston to celebrate independence at the place where Texas became Texas.

On March 2, 1836, delegates at Washington-on-the-Brazos approved a declaration of independence from Mexico, proclaiming to the world that Texas was a sovereign nation.

Each year, there are bigger Texas Independence Day events in Austin and other cities. Texans, after all, do love a party, and a die-hard Texan will testify that few things are more worthy of celebration than the birth of Texas.

Houston Style
✨Today Texans are celebrating Texas Independence Day on the spot where “Texas became Texas” at…
12:47 PM - 2 Mar 2014 from Houston, TX

Posted: March 2, 2014
Texas Independence Day Celebrates ‘Where Texas Became Texas’
Today is Texas Independence Day, and to celebrate the event thousands of people made the journey to the Washington-on-the-Brazos Historic Site just a few yards away from the spot where Texas received its independence from Mexico.

It may be 2014, but it sure felt like 1836 at the site as re-enactors dressed up as members of the Texas Army, Muzzle-loading rifles, powder horns, coonskin caps, and the rest.

The site, which sits just 30 miles south of College Station, spans a massive 293 acres and is the exact site where 49 delegates signed the famous Texas Declaration of Independence — which essentially cut ties with Mexico — on March 2, 1836.

Posted by Barry Popik
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