I am borrowing the following story of why Hutto has hippos from

One can only guess what the rancher thought when he came upon a hippopotamus submerged in the muddy waters of Cottonwood Creek. After all, hippos don’t normally inhabit Texas. As this event took place in the rural town of Hutto in 1915, the rancher might not have even known what kind of animal he was looking at.

Having escaped from a circus train that had stopped in Hutto for repairs several days earlier, the rouge hippopotamus made its way through farm fields, devouring crops and leveling others, until it reached nearby Cottonwood Creek. There it happily embedded itself into a muddy wallow, content never to leave. Once the animal was finally discovered, then came the almost incredulous task of removing it. This proved no small feat.

The misplaced hippo caused such a stir that, years later, the Hutto school system adopted the hippopotamus as its official mascot.

Well the whole town has gone to decorating with Hippos.  They are everywhere, so we set out to hunt them down.  Here are the ones we found.



Once again with camera in hand, we visited another small town in Central Texas.  Corsicana is 58 miles Southeast of Dallas on I-45; or 53 miles North of Waco on TX-31.

Our first stop was at the Navarro College Campus where we found “The Invocation” statue.

We saw this mural and stopped to photograph it.  

We parked at the vistor’s center and walked a 5K around town.  “Historic Corsicana” arch is just across from the Corsicana Visitors Center.

Old upright piano with a cat face design.

Oil Field Worker is a bronze statue on the street corner.

A bronze statue of the late Jim Acree, whose six-season run as Corsicana football coach included a 3A state championship in 1963.

A 1926 eight story Gothic Revival bank building.

A life size bronze statue honoring longtime KAND Radio voice Dick Aldama.

Former “ghost sign” has been renewed.

Former I.O.O.F. lodge is a three story Italianate brick building circa 1900.

Another decorated piano. This one with a fish painting is displayed in front of Roy’s Café.

Lutzen Veldman statue in front of his grandson’s meat market.

1892 Classical Revival home of Wm & Nancy Tatum.

1894 Queen Anne style home.

Victorian built in 1893-94.

Two story Elizabethan style school built in 1924.

1915 brick veneer Classical Revival style home.

Built around 1895 this is a Queen Anne Style home.

Built in 1880 by John Smith, Mayor of Corsicana.

Fire Station No. 2 was built in 1902 and closed in 1926.

Renaissance Revival style school built in 1923.

First Baptist Church circa 1901.

A tree stump has been carved with Magnolia Blossoms and the name Magnolia House.

Former Magnolia House Bed and Breakfast is now vacant.

St John’s Episcopal Church

Victorian House circa 1890

Fire Alarm Bell from 1886 on display in front of fire station.

While the 1904 Carnegie Library building was razed in 1967, it still lives on in the 1998 mural by Brad Smith.

The mural commemorates the military training held at Corsicana Municipal Airport from 1940 to 1944.

City jail built in 1908. It was the community’s first permanent brick jail. It was in continuous use until the 1970s. It is now a private residence.

Collin Street Bakery Baker stands at the location where the Collin Street Bakery originally stood from 1906 to 1965.

Art Deco Terra Cotta Bas Relief on Former Montgomery Ward Company building in Corsicana, TX

1909 Beaux Arts Classic Post Office

Corsicana’s Palace Theatre is a 1921 vaudeville house. It changed to a movie house in the 1930’s. In the mid 1990’s the Theatre was saved from demolition and re-opened in 2002.

Built in 1924 by John Murchison this building was originally a Studebaker Car Dealership.

Romanesque Revival 2 story brick building built in 1898.

Clint Eastwood mural on the side of the pawn shop.

(Former) Trinity & Brazos Valley Train Depot.

First Independent Baptist Church of Corsicana built in 1918.

WPA constructed this road side park along US 287 (now I-45 Business).

1936 County Marker in the WPA roadside park.

“Lefty” Frizzell was born March 31, 1928 near Corsicana.

WWI Memorial in Jester Park.

The Crazy Horse Memorial is a mountain monument under construction on privately held land in the Black Hills, in Custer County, South Dakota, United States.  Back in 1998 we climbed up and touched his face.  Since the winter weather is currenlty keeping me indoors I got out my old picture albums and browsed through them.  When I got to the Crazy Horse pictures I decided to scan them in and share them.

View from the visitor’s center of the model carving and the mountain carving behind it.

We drove to South Dakota and arrived on Sunday. This is an annual two day event. We were told those who walked on Saturday were treated to a snow storm (remember this was in June). We had misting rain and swirling fog.

Heading out on this 6 mile hike (3 mile out and back).


Our checkpoint, we are half way to the top.


Heavy mist and fog continued as we climbed.


We were still having a great time.


We were expecting it to be warmer, hence the shorts.


The ground was covered in pine needles. No mud at least.


Stopping to visit with people we knew.


Parts of the trail was steep.


Fog is gone for the moment.


Warning of a blast area.


Greeting more friends at the top.


The walkers spread out on Crazy Horse’s arm.


Kept trying to get a good picture.


Posing with Crazy Horse.


Fog  just wouldn’t go away.


The crowd of walkers all trying to get a picture.


Proof we were there!


Crazy Horse picture.


Another posed picture.


One last picture and we headed back down.


As I said this is an annual event. 2018 Event Details are available here if you’d like to hike up.

The new East Side Section of the Waco Riverwalk has been open since late October.  Today we did the loop from the Suspension Bridge to McLane Stadium and back.  It was 46 degrees with a light misting rain.

We parked in front of the Hilton and walked past the bronze cattle drive to reach the Riverwalk.

We walked toward McLane Stadium on the old West Side section.

Buzzard Billy’s , I-35 bridges and McLane Stadium.

Renovations to the West Side under I-35.

Umphrey Bridge is how we will cross to the new East Side Section.

I-35 bridges from Umphrey Bridge.

New “You are Here” maps on the East Section.

Riverwalk goes to a boardwalk style bridge as we pass Buzzard Billy’s.

The boardwalk section is nice and wide.

Covered section underneath the active RR bridge.

View of downtown.

Suspension Bridge and Washington Street Bridge.

MLK mural on the old stanchion of the inter-urban railroad.

We took the ramp up to the Suspension Bridge and found this nice marker at the east end of the bridge.

Over the suspension bridge and we were back to our cars.  In the summer there won’t be any shade on this route.  I’ve heard rumors that the Suspension Bridge would be closing for repairs but you can go a little further and cross on the Washington Street Bridge.

We were in town for a volksmarching event that evening to see the Christmas lights. We had all day so we drove around to visit the artwork. According to this North Richland Hills website The signal art was implemented in 2007 to enhance the City’s Art in Public Spaces Program. Every few years they repaint them with something different. Here is what we found.

Dolly Parton

Janis Joplin

Buddy Holly

Ray Charles


Frank Sinatra


Richland Rebels

George Strait

Willie Nelson

Jimi Hendrix

 Stevie Ray Vaughan


Roy Rogers

Ella Fitzgerald

Robert Duvall

The Beatles

Go Hawks!

If you wish to take your own pictures be aware of two things. They change the pictures every few years. What you see here, may not be what you find and these boxes are at high traffic intersections. Find a safe place to park and walk to them to take a picture. Be safe.

I made a map of the locations that you can visit here. If you visit the map and click on it on the bottom below the picture is the GPS location of the box for ease in finding.

We found the sculpture garden in 2013, and I posted about it here. We visited it again in 2017 and since they are always adding and changing the sculptures we visited it yet again. If you would like to visit here are the coordinates: 30.95563, -97.53242.

This one reminds me of a candle. I didn’t read the titles on the this time.

This one was on the hill above us.

This one is my new favorite. Wild Hog looks pretty good.

This one I pictured before.

The baby carriage was here last year also.

This abstract piece is also new.

Nearby on the new I-35 overpass is a stagecoach mural. Find a safe place to park to take a picture of it.

We went to check out the 41st Annual Scarecrow Festival in this historic town just East of Brenham.  Chamber of Commerce Website information:  

The Festival boasts more than 250 juried exhibitors (home décor, gardening, artists, craftsmen, jewelry, clothing, etc.), delicious country-style food, live entertainment and music, and tours of the historic community.  A special Children’s Activity Corner provides pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, barrel train and more.

Which indicated there would be a lot of people.  But I was expecting a lot of scarecrows too.  They were not as numerous as I had hoped for.  Here is a small taste of the scarecrow festival through the lens of my camera.


Store built 1878 by a German settler, W. Reinstein, later became a bank.

The Old Rock Store constructed in 1869.

Modern day post office had a nice postal scarecrow.

Most of the scarecrows were like this one.  Just wooden sticks with clothes and a face.

This was a nice one.

Gazebo next to the public library.

A combination of witch and scarecrow.

A scarecrow couple hanging out in front a place where you could buy beer.

A balcony scarecrow

A witch scarecrow

A couple of kid scarecrows resting under a tree.