From a moving funeral at St. Martin's Episcopal Church to a remarkable show of respect as Texans lined the train route carrying George H.W. Bush to College Station, Texans said goodbye Thursday to Houston's president.
After a deeply moving ceremony at the George H.W. Bush Library, President Bush was laid to rest next to his beloved Barbara and their daughter Robin.
"The 41st President of the United States of America, George Herbert Walker Bush, has reached his final resting place," spokesman Jim McGrath tweeted.
McGrath also tweeted more images late Thursday from the private burial service showing Bush's family and his daughter, Doro, receiving the flag that was draped over his casket.
Barbara & George together again
He'd never spent a Christmas without her. And now they're together again.
Farewell, Mr. President
It was an amazing sight as 2,300 members of Texas A&M Corps of Cadets lined the roadway as the presidential motorcade carried Bush 41 and his family to the burial sight.
4:23 p.m. George H.W. Bush is carried to his final burial place at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Texas A&M University.
4:01 p.m. George H.W. Bush's motorcade departs for the president's final resting place.
3:52 p.m. George H.W. Bush's casket is carried off 'Locomotive 4141'
George H.W. Bush and 'Locomotive 4141' arrived in College Station just after 3 p.m. President Bush will be taken to the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. Bush will be buried on the grounds next to his wife, Barbara, and their daughter, Robin.
The train arrived just after 3:45 p.m.
George H.W. Bush's final ride
FINAL TRAIN RIDE: 'Locomotive 4141' will carry President George H.W. Bush to College Station to be buried at his presidential library.
'Locomotive 4141' approaching College Station
3:04 p.m. 'Locomotive 4141' is 10 miles away from College Station.
'America at its finest'
Jim McGrath tweeted a video from inside the train showing hundreds of people lining the train tracks to honor President George H.W. Bush.
A piece of history
Moments after the Union Pacific train carrying former President George H.W. Bush passed by, onlookers scrambled to the tracks to pick up a piece of history. Many placed coins on the tracks to create their own souvenir for a day one Texan called an "experience of a lifetime."
Thousands gather from Spring to College Station to honor H.W. Bush
George Bush's love for Texas A&M
President George H.W. Bush was not a native Texan. And he was a graduate of Yale. But he fell in love with much about his adopted home state – and at the top of the list of things he cherished most is Texas A&M University. “I’m proud to be an Aggie,” he said.
'Locomotive 4141' departs station
1:02 p.m. 'Locomotive 4141' departs to College Station carrying George H.W. Bush on his final ride to his presidential library at Texas A&M University.
'Locomotive 4141' to carry Bush on final ride
12:36 p.m. George H.W. Bush's motorcade arrives at Union Pacific train yard ahead of Bush's final ride to College Station. There will be a 30-minute ceremony for the Bush family.
View to history: Viewer posts video of President Bush's motorcade
11:35 a.m. A motorcade is now taking George H.W. Bush to Spring, where he will ride on 'Locomotive 4141' to College Station.
The train, which dons the colors of Air Force One, is expected to leave at 1 p.m. and arrive in College Station at 3:25 p.m. It will travel through Spring, Tomball, Magnolia and Navasota. The train won't stop, though it will travel slower than normal through each town.
Here are a list of intersections where you can watch the Bush train on its route to College Station:
- Old Town Spring
- I-45 near Spring Stuebner
- Holzwarth near Grand Parkway
- Mossy Oaks near Sumac
- Rothwood near Grand Parkway
- Gosling near Hassler
- Northcrest near Root Rd
- Hildebrandt near Root Rd
- Kuykendahl near Hufsmith Kuykendahl
- Stuebner Airline near Hufsmith Kuykendahl
- FM 2978 near E. Hufsmith
- Stanolind near Hufsmith Kohrville
- Hwy 249 at W. Rollingwood
- Hwy 249 at FM 149
- FM 1774 at Lone Star
- FM 1774 at FM 1488
Bush is one of eight presidents to take a train to their final resting place. The others are: Abraham Lincoln (1865), Ulysses Grant (1885), James Garfield (1881), William McKinley (1901), Warren Harding (1923), Franklin Roosevelt (1945), Dwight Eisenhower (1969).
Service for President George H.W. Bush
11:20 a.m. George H.W. Bush's casket is carried out of St. Martin's Episcopal Church. The president is heading to Spring, where he'll be carried by train to College Station. He'll be buried in his family plot alongside wife, Barbara Bush, and daughter Robin.
Photos: George H.W. Bush funeral
Reba McEntire sings 'The Lord's Prayer'
Oak Ridge Boys perform 'Amazing Grace'
The Oak Ridge Boys, of which President George H.W. Bush was a big fan, performed 'Amazing Grace' during Bush's funeral service. "What a lot of people may not know is he fancied himself to be a good bass singer," Joe Bonsall said. "He was not."
The group first sang for Bush on the White House lawn in 1983 when he was vice president.
George P. Bush remembers 'Gampy'
"Undoubtedly, when the last words are written on him, they weill certainly include this: the fulfillment of a complete life cannot be achieved without service to others," grandson George P. Bush says of his grandfather.
James Baker pays tribute to his longtime friend
James Baker III, one of President George H.W. Bush’s closest friends for 60 years, said he’ll forever remember Bush as a friend and role model. Baker began his eulogy by apologizing to his long-time friend for bragging about his accomplishments in his 94 years.
Baker called Bush one of the nation’s finest president and “beyond any doubt the nation’s best one-term president.”
Although Bush wasn’t considered a skilled speaker, Baker said, Bush’s deeds were eloquent and that he “demonstrated their elegance by carving them into the hard granite of history.”
Baker said Bush believed “humility toward, and not humiliation, of a fallen adversary was the very best path to peace and reconciliation.”
Baker said that one of the things Bush liked most about him was that Baker always told Bush what he thought, even when Bush didn't want to hear it. Baker recalled he and Bush having spirited conversations, and when Bush thought the conversation was over, he would tell Baker, "Baker, if you're so smart, why am I president and you're not?" Baker recalled.
Baker ended by saying, "We rejoice, Mr. President, knowing that you are safely tucked in now ... with God's loving arms around you, because our glory, George, is to have had you as President and such a friend."
Read more: One-on-one with political legend James Baker
10 a.m. The Bush family arrives for George H.W. Bush's funeral.
More than 1,000 people gathered inside St. Martin's Episcopal Church to bid final farewell to George H.W. Bush this morning. The invitation-only funeral is expected to begin at 10 a.m.
Complete program for Bush 41's funeral
George H.W. Bush will be remembered at an invitation-only funeral service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church. The program for the service is listed below. Tap here to read more.
Farewell, President George H.W. Bush
Dozens of celebrities, sports figures and community leaders arrived Thursday morning to honor President George H.W. Bush, including Arnold Schwarzenegger; Jim "Mattress Mac" McIngvale; Houston Texans J.J. Watt; Astros greats Nolan Ryan, Craig Biggio and Jeff Bagwell; Rockets Dikembe Mutombo and Yao Ming.
Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale remembers George H.W. Bush as a man who set the bar for all Houstonians to live by.
Astros greats Nolan Ryan and Craig Biggio, both Hall of Famers, remember George H.W. Bush as a huge sports fan who loved his Houston sports teams.
Astros Owner Jim Crane said Bush was instrumental in helping the Astros win Game 5 of the 2017 World Series. It was a back-and-forth affair with the Los Angeles Dodgers that the Astros ultimately won, 13-12, in extra innings.
"He helped us when that fifth game, he threw out that first pitch," Crane said.