83R3511 LB-D
  By: Cook H.R. No. 270
         WHEREAS, Proud residents of Palestine are gathering in Austin
  on February 7, 2013, to celebrate Palestine Day at the State
  Capitol, and this occasion provides a welcome opportunity to honor
  this beautiful and historic Texas community; and
         WHEREAS, The seat of Anderson County, Palestine was founded
  in March 1846; it remained a largely agrarian community until 1873,
  when tracks of the Houston and Great Northern Railroad, a precursor
  of the International-Great Northern, reached the town; rail shops,
  switching yards, and offices were subsequently established about a
  mile from what came to be known as Palestine's Old Town, and a
  second business district grew up near the rail line in the late
  1800s; and
         WHEREAS, With more than 1,800 historic structures, most of
  which are located in the four National Register Historic Districts
  and three local Palestine Historic Districts, Palestine is noted
  for its exceptional success in preserving the historical integrity
  of its built environment; the town has been designated a Texas Main
  Street City, a National Main Street City, and a Preserve America
  City; and
         WHEREAS, Palestine is the home of the Dogwood Trails
  Festival, which is held every March and which includes a parade,
  arts and crafts exhibitions, and food booths in the downtown area
  and live entertainment in the Old Town section; the town is also a
  terminus of the Texas State Railroad, which runs steam train
  excursions between Palestine and Rusk, in adjacent Cherokee County;
  in November and December, the railroad has a special Polar Express
  trip for children, inspired by the Chris Van Allsburg novel of the
  same name; and
         WHEREAS, Another notable institution in the city is the NASA
  Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility, which is managed by the
  Physical Science Laboratory of New Mexico State University; the
  CSBF provides launching, tracking, and recovery services for
  unmanned high-altitude research balloons, and over the years the
  facility has launched more than 1,700 such devices; and
         WHEREAS, Palestine city government, the Palestine Economic
  Development Corporation, and local citizens, businesses, and civic
  organizations have done an exceptional job of preserving the city's
  history and charm while creating a vibrant community for residents
  and visitors alike; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby recognize February 7, 2013, as Palestine Day at
  the State Capitol and extend to the visiting delegation sincere
  best wishes for a productive and memorable visit to Austin.