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New kiosk installed atop Mount Bonnell in Austin, TX includes military history of the site and recognizes the role of West Pointers Albert Sidney Johnston and George Custer.

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0410 kiosk content

  1. 1. THE WEST POINT STORY AT MOUNT BONNELL! The new PARD kiosk atop Mount Bonnell confronts visitors with a detailed account of West Pointers’ historical association with the site"Mount Bonnell is a famous and integral part of Austin. Its close association with the military defense of Austin in 1839, Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston, the Army of the Republic of Texas, Maj. Gen. George Armstrong Custer, and the Band of the Sixth Cavalry Regiment makes it a significant and historic military site"
  2. 2. The new PARD kiosk atop Mt Bonnell contains an extensive discussion of themilitary history of Mt Bonnell on a poster - The poster measures about 2x3 feet, and includes pictures of AS Johnston and George Custer.
  3. 3. Largely excerpted verbatim from Sel Grahams Mt Bonnell entry in the Handbook ofTexas at http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/rjm28, the text makes no mention of either George or Joseph Bonnell, but includes the extended quotationfrom Libby Custers "Tenting on the Plains" wherein she describes visits to Mt Bonnell with the band of the 6th Cavalry.
  4. 4. Perhaps the most notable feature of the poster is the inclusion of Sels closingstatement in the Handbook: "Mount Bonnell is a famous and integral part of Austin.Its close association with the military defense of Austin in 1839, Gen. Albert SidneyJohnston, the Army of the Republic of Texas, Maj. Gen. George Armstrong Custer, andthe Band of the Sixth Cavalry Regiment makes it a significant and historic military site"
  5. 5. A smaller poster, about 1X2 feet in size has a picture of Frank Covert and describes theCovert family donation of the land to the people as a park, and the status of MountBonnell as one of Austin’s most beloved parks. At the bottom of that entry, the logos ofthe various organization associated with the park are displayed, to include the crest ofthe West Point Association of Graduates.

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