The self-appointed “ambassador” from the Republic of Texas, Rick McLaren, declared “war” on the United States of America and took two “prisoners” on April 27, 1997. This was in response to the arrest of one of his members the day before.
This began the nine-day standoff between McLaren’s splinter group, numerous police agencies and the media.
During coverage, members of the media unofficially renamed our little community Uplink City. It is estimated the population hovered around 225, give or take a couple of runners.
Steve Copin, our photographer, was able to capture some of McLaren’s rantings and ravings on a scanner. Those are available from the links to the right.
As a side note, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. McLaren and his followers for all the overtime. It was “hard earned” and well spent.
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