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75th Anniversary Exhibit

"College Station: A Community History"
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum

...College Station, Texas, was designated by the U.S. Postal Service in 1877. The name originated from a train station located near Texas A&M University campus. On Oct. 19, 1938, citizens voted 217 to 39 to incorporate the City of College Station. The first City Council meeting was held on Feb. 25, 1939..... from "College Station, Texas 1938/1988" by Deborah Lynn Balliew

The City of College Station recognized its 75th anniversary in 2013 with an exhibit at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.  Titled “College Station: A Community History,” the exhibit featured local memorabilia, artifacts and stories that captured the unique history of College Station, Texas, from the time leading up to its incorporation in 1938 to today. Click below to see the virtual tour!

Displayed items were grouped into various segments that highlighted legacy families, homes, schools, businesses, media and government in College Station during its growth from an outlying rural area to a city of almost 100,000 in population. Among the many items on display included:

  • An original playbook and championship ring owned by the late Manning Smith, assistant coach of the 1939 National Champion Texas A&M University football team. Smith and his descendants have lived in College Station since its incorporation.
  • Four aluminum propeller blades from the Enola Gay B-29 bomber used during the atomic bomb drop on Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II. These items currently reside at the Oran W. Nicks Low Speed Wind Tunnel and were used to operate the tunnel shortly after the war.
  • FREDDIE, College Station Police Department’s robot mascot. Purchased in the late 1970s, the robot helped police officers teach local children about safety. FREDDIE is a symbol of the city’s commitment to community policing and a remnant of our 20th-century love of robots.

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum provided free public admission at the exhibit's grand opening Nov. 16-17, 2013. Other events included a vintage car show led by the Studebaker Drivers Club, mini-train rides from Union Pacific, and entertainment from local artists and dance groups.

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Last updated: 2/5/2014 10:08:08 AM