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  • California

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  • Texas

    8 12.12%
  • New York

    2 3.03%
  • Illinois

    3 4.55%
  • Virginia

    2 3.03%
  • North Carolina

    7 10.61%
  • Florida

    3 4.55%
  • Colorado

    3 4.55%
  • Massachusetts

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    22 33.33%
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    Re: What state is the coolest?

    Quote Originally Posted by bub View Post


    but it looks much older than 150 years! It's nice!
    Maybe it is older.
    Before Austin was here, Spanish missionaries were here trying to convert the heathen Indians. They built a lot of nice churches, missions, convents and monasteries.

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    Re: What state is the coolest?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    Maybe it is older.
    Before Austin was here, Spanish missionaries were here trying to convert the heathen Indians. They built a lot of nice churches, missions, convents and monasteries.
    no you were right:
    History - Saint Mary Cathedral - Austin, TX

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    Re: What state is the coolest?

    Quote Originally Posted by bub View Post

    The parish had laid out a basilica-shaped foundation and begun raising the walls, which were five feet high, when architect Nicholas Clayton began to design their new church. Eventually to become the foremost Victorian architect in Texas, Clayton had never designed a church and Saint Mary's was his first independent commission. Born in Ireland in 1840, Clayton learned masonry and building design in Cincinnati and came to Galveston in 1872 on behalf of his Ohio firm. At the time, Austin was part of the diocese of Galveston, and it may have been through the Holy Cross fathers that the bishop connected Nicholas Clayton with the first Catholic parish in Austin. This church began Clayton's long, prolific career centered in Galveston, building primarily ecclesiastical structures but also commercial buildings and homes.
    A devout Catholic who attended daily mass, Clayton designed buildings for the Congregation of the Sacred Heart, the Jesuits and the Ursuline Sisters as well as numerous parishes throughout the diocese of Galveston and elsewhere in the South, including the Bishop's Palace in Galveston (1886), Sacred Heart Church in Tampa (1888) and St. Edward's Main Building in Austin (1907).

    Cool!
    The same architect also designed all that cool stuff in Galveston; there's lots of gothic-looking catholic architecture down there. I love Galveston, mainly for that reason (and of course, the beach). It's so historical and spooky.

    And he also designed St. Ed's University, which is pretty close to where I live now.
    Not as fancy as St. Mary's, but still nice. Huge.
    I like to go jogging there. The grounds are real nice.


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    Re: What state is the coolest?

    I don't know how anyone can think that skyscrapers and cityscapes are "beautiful". They're abhorrent.
    Anyone who can't look at a skyscraper and appreciate the intricate mastery of fusing art with science is quite lame.

    Sears Tower, obviously my favorite.

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    Re: What state is the coolest?

    I can't believe no one has mentioned it yet, but the state I was born and raised in is by far the coolest of all, Arkansas - The Natural State:

    View of Flatside Federal Wilderness (yes, thats nothing but mountains and woods as far as the eye can see):


    Ozark Vista:


    The Buffalo River (Nation's first National River):


    Cossatot River (popular whitewater river)


    Ozark Mountains:




    I can go on and on with the pictures, we have mountains, forests, crystal clear rivers, caves, thousands of miles of trail, antebellum homes, cypress swamps, some of the best fishing and hunting on earth, some of the nicest people in America, damn good food, good climate (ok, yes, hot summers), great accents, good looking southern women, blues in the delta, bluegrass in the mountains, low cost of living, and as much as Texans talk up their ugly as **** state (ok, there are some pretty areas there, but on the whole its ugly), they all come here to vacation.
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    Re: What state is the coolest?

    More of Arkansas:

    Whitaker Point:



    Arkansas Elk:


    World Record Brown Trout (caught in Arkansas)


    Richland Creek Wilderness Swimming Hole:



    My Hometown:
    "You're the only person that decides how far you'll go and what you're capable of." - Ben Saunders (Explorer and Endurance Athlete)

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    Re: What state is the coolest?

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    More of Arkansas:

    Whitaker Point:



    Arkansas Elk:


    World Record Brown Trout (caught in Arkansas)


    Richland Creek Wilderness Swimming Hole:



    My Hometown:
    I agree the Ozarks are beautiful, I guess it just depends on your definition of cool. My wife and I have floated the Buffalo river. Senic 7 crosses it. I have trout fished on the White River and fished for walleye in Greers Ferry Lake.
    I love Arkansas its were I go to get away from it all.
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    Re: What state is the coolest?

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    I can't believe no one has mentioned it yet, but the state I was born and raised in is by far the coolest of all, Arkansas - The Natural State:

    View of Flatside Federal Wilderness (yes, thats nothing but mountains and woods as far as the eye can see):


    Ozark Vista:


    The Buffalo River (Nation's first National River):


    Cossatot River (popular whitewater river)


    Ozark Mountains:




    I can go on and on with the pictures, we have mountains, forests, crystal clear rivers, caves, thousands of miles of trail, antebellum homes, cypress swamps, some of the best fishing and hunting on earth, some of the nicest people in America, damn good food, good climate (ok, yes, hot summers), great accents, good looking southern women, blues in the delta, bluegrass in the mountains, low cost of living, and as much as Texans talk up their ugly as **** state (ok, there are some pretty areas there, but on the whole its ugly), they all come here to vacation.


    It looks okay, but my thing is, I don't like to be landlocked, and Arkansas's got no coast.
    So, you know... no. Just no. never.

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    Re: What state is the coolest?

    I'll go with the homer call here, Virginia.

    We've got the best of all worlds. Enjoy water as your prime entertainment spot? Virginia Beach, The Chesapeake Bay, Smith Mountain Lake, The James River, from salt water to fresh water we've got it covered.

    You say you like mountains instead? Sure, hop on the Appalachian trail through the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

    Historical things instead? How about colonial Williamsburg, Monticello, or Natural Bridge. Not to mention spitting distance from our Nation's Capital.

    Urban? Richmond, DC, and Hampton Roads can all fill your needs. Prefer the country life? Check out southwestern Virginia for some down home, friendly, country folk.

    Winter gives you snow, with Wintergreen and Massanutten Resorts for snowboarding and skiing. Beautiful fall and springs can be found all along the Blue Ridge Parkway as the seasons change. And summer is warm but far from blistering.

    Seriously, Virginia has to rank up there simply because you can find a little bit of everything.

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    Re: What state is the coolest?

    Quote Originally Posted by Zyphlin View Post
    I'll go with the homer call here, Virginia.

    We've got the best of all worlds. Enjoy water as your prime entertainment spot? Virginia Beach, The Chesapeake Bay, Smith Mountain Lake, The James River, from salt water to fresh water we've got it covered.

    You say you like mountains instead? Sure, hop on the Appalachian trail through the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

    Historical things instead? How about colonial Williamsburg, Monticello, or Natural Bridge. Not to mention spitting distance from our Nation's Capital.

    Urban? Richmond, DC, and Hampton Roads can all fill your needs. Prefer the country life? Check out southwestern Virginia for some down home, friendly, country folk.

    Winter gives you snow, with Wintergreen and Massanutten Resorts for snowboarding and skiing. Beautiful fall and springs can be found all along the Blue Ridge Parkway as the seasons change. And summer is warm but far from blistering.

    Seriously, Virginia has to rank up there simply because you can find a little bit of everything.


    Including the poorest white people in the nation, so I've heard.
    Those rural Appalachians.
    I'd be scared to go there. I might turn into one of them, and lose all my teeth.
    I've heard it's pretty there, though.

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