"Preserving the Past while Looking to the Future" in the City Of Palestine

The city of Palestine is a charming, east Texas City that has the feel of the Deep South. It is not your usual get-away, but worth the trip. It's relaxed, slow-paced atmosphere transports weary vacationers into a time and place that has passed us by. Quaint bed and breakfasts, wonderful hotels, interesting architecture, restored Victorian Homes, historic museums, and beautiful natural spaces make Palestine worth the visit.
If you are looking to vacation in a small, quaint city full of southern hospitality, the city of Palestine in Texas might be the place for you. Palestine, which is located in eastern Texas 150 miles north of Houston and 108 miles southeast of Dallas, is the county seat for Anderson County. It's name was derived from Palestine, Illinois – the original home of an early settler. According to the 2000 United States Census, the city of Palestine has a population of 17,598 people, 6,641 households, and 4,582 families. Approximately, 64.6% of the population is White, 24.8% is African American, 0.07% is Pacific Islander, and 7.90% is other races.

This charming city that gives residents and visitors alike a feel of the Deep South, gained notoriety in February 2003 because it was one of the east Texas towns that received a large amount of the debris from the destruction of the Space Shuttle Columbia.

Although small and off the beaten path, the city of Palestine offers tourists an abundance of interesting and enriching experiences. For instance, Palestine is the home of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility. The facility deploys and recovers balloons for scientific purposes that can reach altitudes between 60,000 and 120,000 feet.

In the heart of the city of Palestine lies the world renowned Eilenberger's Bakery. For 100 years this historic landmark has offered Old World recipe pastries and other baked goods.

The city of Palestine has many wonderful attractions including the following:

•The Anderson County Courthouse is an architecture enthusiast's dream. It features Neo-classical architecture that includes a double spiral staircase and a magnificent stained glass montage within the dome.

•The Carnegie family built a series of libraries across the country including one in Palestine. Built in 1914 Carnegie Library is the current home of the Palestine Chamber of Commerce. The building contains many historic photographs including a panoramic view of the old railroad station.

•The Howard House Museum is one of the most superb examples of Greek Revival architecture remaining in Texas. In fact, it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

•The Museum for East Texas Culture is housed in a schoolhouse that was built in 1915. It consists of artifacts and special interest exhibits including an authentic classroom, a railroad memorabilia room, and caboose. The museum is a Texas Historic Landmark and is a part of the National Register of Historic Places.

•The Pilgrim Church building is a reconstruction of the original church that was built in 1833. The church is thought to be the first Protestant church in Texas.

Some of the city of Palestine's beautiful natural spaces include Davey Dogwood Park, Gus Engling Wildlife Management Areas, Elmwood Gardens, and the Palestine Community Forest.

If vacationing in a tropical paradise, dazzling city, or upscale ski resort is not quite your style, or if you are looking for a unique experience filled with adventure, yet is calm and relaxing, then visit the city of Palestine in Texas. You will find interesting architecture, tall pine and dogwood trees, historic museums, the Texas State Railroad, and much more.
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