WHEREAS, Proud citizens of Rusk County are assembling at
  the Texas State Capitol to celebrate Rusk County Days on March 31
  and April 1, 2015; and
         WHEREAS, A picturesque region of rolling hills in the Piney
  Woods of East Texas, Rusk County was first occupied by the Caddo
  and the Cherokee tribes; the first European settlers arrived in
  the 1830s, and on January 16, 1843, the county was formed by act
  of the Congress of the Republic of Texas and named after Thomas
  Jefferson Rusk, secretary of war under Texas President Sam
  Houston; and
         WHEREAS, For many years, the county's economy was based on
  cotton and other agriculture, but on October 3, 1930, Columbus
  Marion "Dad" Joiner struck oil at his famous Daisy Bradford
  Number 3 well, opening up the East Texas oil field, which at the
  time was the largest oil field in the world; three years later,
  Rusk County was producing over 200 million barrels of petroleum a
  year, turning county seat Henderson from a sleepy village to a
  bustling boomtown; and
         WHEREAS, Oil and agriculture continue to be mainstays of
  the county's economy, along with natural gas, timber, and the
  mining of lignite coal; in addition, Rusk County's bricks, made
  from the region's unique clay soil, are highly prized; the county
  economy is further bolstered by two correctional institutions,
  including the Bradshaw State Jail in Henderson; and
         WHEREAS, Only two miles from "Dad" Joiner's original well,
  the Gaston Museum in Joinerville commemorates the history of the
  East Texas oil field; in Henderson, the Depot Museum, a
  beautifully restored Missouri Pacific railway depot from 1901,
  hosts the annual Heritage Syrup Festival every November;
  recreational opportunities abound in the county's parks,
  including Martin Creek Lake State Park, which offers swimming,
  boating, fishing, waterskiing, and other activities; and
         WHEREAS, Honoring their heritage as they embrace the
  opportunities of the future, the citizens of Rusk County may take
  great pride in the role their communities have played in the
  story of the Lone Star State; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas, 84th
  Legislature, hereby recognize March 31 and April 1, 2015, as Rusk
  County Days at the State Capitol and extend to the visiting
  delegation sincere best wishes for an informative and enjoyable
  stay in Austin.
        President of the Senate
        I hereby certify that the
    above Resolution was adopted by
    the Senate on March 30, 2015.
        Secretary of the Senate
         Member, Texas Senate