83R5711 KEK-D
  By: Clardy H.R. No. 250
         WHEREAS, Proud citizens of Rusk County are assembling at the
  Texas State Capitol to celebrate Rusk County Days on April 2 and 3,
  2013; and
         WHEREAS, A picturesque region of rolling hills in the Piney
  Woods of East Texas, Rusk County was first occupied by the Caddo and
  the Cherokee tribes; the first European settlers arrived in the
  1830s, and on January 16, 1843, the county was formed by act of the
  Congress of the Republic of Texas and named after Thomas Jefferson
  Rusk, secretary of war under Texas President Sam Houston; and
         WHEREAS, For many years, the county's economy was based on
  cotton and other agriculture, but on October 3, 1930, Columbus
  Marion "Dad" Joiner struck oil at his famous Daisy Bradford #3 well,
  opening up the East Texas oil field, which at the time was the
  largest oil field in the world; three years later, Rusk County was
  producing over 200 million barrels of petroleum a year, turning
  county seat Henderson from a sleepy village to a bustling boomtown;
         WHEREAS, Oil and agriculture continue to be mainstays of the
  county's economy, along with natural gas, timber, and the mining of
  lignite coal; in addition, Rusk County's bricks, made from the
  region's unique clay soil, are highly prized; the county economy is
  further bolstered by two correctional institutions, including the
  Bradshaw State Jail in Henderson; and
         WHEREAS, Only two miles from "Dad" Joiner's original well,
  the Gaston Museum in Joinerville commemorates the history of the
  East Texas oil field; in Henderson, the Depot Museum, a beautifully
  restored Missouri Pacific railway depot from 1901, hosts the annual
  Heritage Syrup Festival every November; recreational opportunities
  abound in the county's parks, including Martin Creek Lake State
  Park, which offers swimming, boating, fishing, waterskiing, and
  other activities; and
         WHEREAS, Honoring their heritage as they embrace the
  opportunities of the future, the citizens of Rusk County may take
  great pride in the role their communities have played in the story
  of the Lone Star State; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby recognize April 2 and 3, 2013, as Rusk County
  Days at the State Capitol and extend to the county's visiting
  citizens a warm welcome and best wishes for an enjoyable stay in