1-1     By:  Sibley                                           S.C.R. No. 52
 1-2           (In the Senate - Filed March 18, 1999; March 23, 1999, read
 1-3     first time and referred to Committee on Administration;
 1-4     April 15, 1999, reported favorably by the following vote:  Yeas 5,
 1-5     Nays 0; April 15, 1999, sent to printer.)
 1-6                        SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
 1-7           WHEREAS, The Legislature of the State of Texas is pleased to
 1-8     designate Clifton, Texas, as the Norwegian Capital of Texas; and
 1-9           WHEREAS, Settled about 1854, the area had as two of its most
1-10     notable settlers Ole Canuteson and Cleng Peerson, who established
1-11     the community of Norse in Bosque County; presently, the largest
1-12     population of Norwegian Americans in the South and Southwest call
1-13     Clifton home; and
1-14           WHEREAS, The special cultural and historical significance of
1-15     Clifton has made it quite well known; the Texas Historical
1-16     Commission designated the town a Texas Main Street City because of
1-17     its atmosphere and famous hospitality; and
1-18           WHEREAS, In preserving the community's colorful past, the
1-19     citizens of Clifton have done an excellent job; the historic Norway
1-20     Mill and the log home of the Joseph Olson family are attractions
1-21     for tourists and residents alike; and
1-22           WHEREAS, The Bosque Memorial Museum, a legacy from immigrant
1-23     farmer Jacob Olson, will help visitors learn more about the early
1-24     settlers in the region; and
1-25           WHEREAS, Our Savior's Lutheran Church hosts an immensely
1-26     popular smorgasbord every Christmas, where people of all ages can
1-27     sample traditional Norwegian dishes, including lutefisk; and
1-28           WHEREAS, King Olav V of Norway visited Clifton in 1982, and a
1-29     part of State Highway 219 has been selected the Cleng Peerson
1-30     Memorial Highway; and
1-31           WHEREAS, The outstanding qualities of this charming and
1-32     colorful town have made Clifton popular with tourists, and it is
1-33     certainly worthy of legislative recognition; now, therefore, be it
1-34           RESOLVED, That the 76th Legislature of the State of Texas
1-35     hereby name Clifton the Norwegian Capital of Texas and applaud its
1-36     citizens for their notable efforts in preserving the fascinating
1-37     heritage of the area.
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