Austin, TX 78705
on The University
of Texas campus
by Sarah Reveley
Austin – Texas
seen a Centennial Half-dollar, sculpted by Pompeo Coppini? Today they are worth
anywhere from $200 to $400! They were originally sold by the American Legion to
raise funds for part of the construction of the Texas Memorial Museum.
A state museum at first, it was transferred to The University of Texas, and remains
committed to being a museum for all of Texas. Built in the popular Art Deco style,
the Texas limestone structure is 75 feet high, 116 feet long, and 80 feet wide.
Inside the 35 foot tall Great Hall are the seals of the six nations that have
In 1948 the "Mustangs" statue was placed in front of the
museum. Sculpted by Alexander Proctor, he did part of the work at King Ranch,
where he used wild mustangs as models.
The Museum is located at 2400
Trinity Street in Austin, on The University of Texas
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Photo courtesy Carol Noriega, 2008
ton statue was finished in 1941 but couldn't be cast until after WWII
due to metal shortages. The inscription (written by J.
Frank Dobie) reads: "Mustangs. They carried the men who made Texas."
- Photo courtesy Alex Chen, 2008
Memorial Museum Cornerstone|
Photo courtesy Todd J. Tubutis, 2008
From "Monuments Commemorating the Centenary of Texas Independence",
State of Texas, 1938
Texas Memorial Museum |
From "Monuments Commemorating the Centenary of Texas
Independence", State of Texas, 1938