In World War I Texas operated with British battleships in the North Sea and protected troop convoys. In World War II the ship participated in the American landings at Normandy, Iwo Jima, and Okinawa. On April 21, 1948—the anniversary of Texas independence—it was decommissioned and became a state memorial. Beginning in 1988, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department sponsored nearly two years of restoration to Texas. The ship was returned to its home dock at San Jacinto in July, 1990, and rededicated in September, 1990. People from around the world can now walk on the decks of this historic vessel.
Photographer-writer Hugh Power, under the auspices of the Parks and Wildlife Department, has photographed virtually every foot of the battleship, both before and after restoration. The resulting book is a thorough walking tour as well as a lively history of the ship. His photographs and accompanying descriptions of Texas appear here in the definitive guide to this amazing relic of old-style sea power.
Published by Texas A&M University Press