Former president George H.W. Bush laid to rest in Texas

07-12-2018 04:12

George Herbert Walker Bush was laid to rest Thursday beneath the rich soil of Texas, where he arrived 70 years ago as a young New Englander is looking forward to the pinnacle of American political power.

After a formal funeral in Washington on Wednesday and a folksier one in Houston on Thursday, the 41st president's body was assigned to his presidential library at College Station, where he was buried on a cool and rainy afternoon.

Texans turned out all along the 70-mile route as the train rolled through the towns of Spring, Pinehurst, Magnolia and Navasota, paying tribute to Bush, whose flag-draped casket was borne in a glass-sided train by Union Pacific locomotive. 4141, painted in the baby blue and white of Air Force One.

For nearly three hours, crowds waved and flags flags, flags and bridges over the tracks.