Lone Star Flag Park & Monument Helps Celebrate Texas History
Hundreds of residents gathered on April 21, 2011 when the Lone Star Monument & Historical Park was officially dedicated. This weekend is the first anniversary of Conroe’s most interesting, educational and highly visible park facilities. Located adjacent to the Central Library and visible to traffic on I-45, the park is a highlight of the community. Its landscape has 13 flags on top of 35-foot-tall flagpoles featuring the various flags flown over Texas throughout its history.
The most popular flag, the Lone Star Flag, was adopted when the state operated as a sovereign nation, the Republic of Texas, from 1836-45. This flag was introduced to the Congress of the Republic of Texas on December 28, 1838, by Senator William H. Wharton. The flag was then adopted as the national flag of the Republic of Texas on January 25, 1839. The Lone Star Flag became the state flag when Texas became the 28th state of the Union on December 29, 1845. Texas was legally flagless until the passage of the 1933 Texas Flag Code. The flag is highly popular among Texans and is highly respected. In a survey conducted by the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA) in 2001 the Texas state flag was rated the second best in design quality out of the 72 Canadian provincial, U.S. State and U.S. territory flags ranked. The Lone Star Flag earned 8.13 out of 10 possible points.
On display at the park is monument to Dr. Charles B. Stewart, the designer of the iconic Lone Star. The Park also has walk ways and educational plaques on each flag depicting the history and significance of each flag in the foundation of Texas. To promote public awareness of the city’s 26 parks, the Conroe Parks & Recreation Department is having a contest for area residents and visitors. To learn more visit www.cityofconroe.org.