The park also preserves the nearby homestead of LBJ’s grandparents:
I drove over to Johnson City’s library to use their WiFi (my 2GB per month data plan is proving inadequate for this unplanned trip). At closing, I asked for permission to overnight in the parking lot. See the trip map for today’s drive.
The original plan was that Trish would fly back today from Tallahassee this morning and then I would drive back to New York over the next few days. I realized a couple days ago that the big Salton City and Glamis Fly-In is coming up next week and I’m already 600 miles closer to California than I would be in New York. If so, what’s another 2,400 miles, right? Trish green-lighted the trip and so this morning, saying goodbye to Trish at the airport, I headed west instead of north.
It was here that US forces under Andrew Jackson defeated the Red Stick Indians in 1814, but only after his Native American allies initiated an unauthorized attack on the Red Stick’s rear. The Red Sticks had built a fortification across the neck of this natural bend. US troops advanced from the foreground to the background of the photograph:
The approximate location of the Red Stick’s fortification:
US artillery position:
Memorial with incorrect date:
My next stop was Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site. It was here that African-American pilots were trained for combat in World War II. The visitor center was closed but it was still an interesting visit: