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After we finished our Volksmarching event at Fort Griffin Historic Site we headed into Albany for lunch.  We chose the Icehouse Restaurant. 

During the early 1900s, virtually every Texas town had an icehouse, as ice manufacturing plants were known.  In large part, they supplied block ice to the frosty icon of the era, the icebox.   I know it will give away my age, but I actually grew up with an “icebox” and made many trips to an icehouse to bring home the huge blocks of ice.

The Icehouse Restaurant made the  area that used to house the icemaking machinery into a bar area.  The former “salt pit,” where the ice was made, is now the dining room, and the old vault where the ice was stored, is now an office and a storage room.

They have excellent salsa! 

Historic building circa 1927

 

Seating in the bar area

When we finished eating our lunch we headed over to the Old Jail turned Art Center.

 

Shackelford County’s First Permanent Jail circa 1878

 

Moon Ring 3 by Jesus Moroles is on the list of Smithsonian Art Inventory Sculptures

 

Ballet of the East by Evaline Sellors is another Smithsonian Art Sculpture.

 

“Tex” the Roustabout – Joe Barrington

 

Conversation by Pericle Fazzini

 

Lot’s Wife by Nathanael Neujean

 

Prickly Pear Cactus outside Joe Barrinton’s studio.

 

Crow on the roof of Joe Barrington’s studio roof.

 

Current Shackelford County Jail/Sheriff’s Office.

 

Shackelford County Courthouse built in 1883 is the oldest courthouse in continuous use the state of Texas.

 

Gazebo on the courthouse lawn.

 

1935 Sinclair service station restored to prime condition with 1950s Sinclair tanker truck.

 

Longhorn Skull by Joe Barrington.

 

First use of this building was as the White Elephant Saloon in 1884.

 

Albany’s City Hall

 

Mural on the H R Stasney & Sons building.

 

Matthews Memorial Presbyterian Church built in 1898.

 

Marker for Albany Lodge No. 482 A.F. & A.M.

We lucked upon a car show in progress. Here are just a few of the ones that I liked.

We detoured from the car show into the park to look around.

Bicentennial Fountain

 

Ledbetter picket house originally built near Fort Griffin. It was moved here and restored by the city of Albany in 1953.

 

Ledbetter Salt Work, C.S.A

 

Houston & Texas Central Railroad Depot is now used by the Chamber of Commerce.

 

Memorial to Scoutmaster of Troop 47, by former members of his troop.

 

The Albany News has been covering Shackelford County since 1884.

 

Longhorn sculpture by Joe Barrington.

We completed the circle and arrived back at the car show.

 

Old truck not at the car show.

 

The Lynch Building circa 1878 – Albany’s first stone mercantile store.

 

1921 Christian Church

 

Cook Ranch Oil Rig in a small park as a reminder of the area’s oil history.

 

1936 Centennial county marker in same park as the oil rig.

We were in Georgetown to do a volksmarching event.  So we stopped by the Public Library to see the Sculptures they have on display.

There is a stained glass window.

 

I didn’t find a plaque for this abstract piece. Looks like a dragon made with musical instruments.

 

Gwaihir by Marika Bordes

 

Gwaihir is the mythological eagle in the “Lord of the Rings”.

 

Stained glass window from inside.

 

Nearby plaque tells that is a memorial for Dixie Hanna.

 

I didn’t get a clear shot of the plague for this one.

 

Abstract piece called “Got It!” by Rod Garrett.

 

Joe Kenney’s piece called “Little Flower”

 

No plaque found on this one.

 

“The Book” by Gary Yarrington


We went out the back (9th Street Entrance) to see these on display.

“Danielle’s Dream” by Dan Pogue

 

“Sympatico” by Pokey Park

 

A different angle to show the dog.

 

A mosaic pieced called “The Painted Gourd” by Dar Richardson

 

Another abstract. This one is called “Lemon Squeezer” by Bob Ragan

 

I thought the plaque was for the metal poppies, but it is for the live tree which I didn’t take a picture of.

We were in the area to do a volksmarching event.  The walk started at the Cypress Creek Community Center and was on country roads. 

A tiny one-room schoolhouse, which operated from 1908-1942. It is now a Community Center.

After doing the walk we headed over to the Comfort historic district to look around.

Constructed in 1907 for Alex Brinkmann, this building housed the Comfort State Bank until 1960.

 

Built in 1916 in the heart of Comfort’s business district, the Arno Schwethelm Building served for 60 years as one of the town’s principal business structures.

 

Built in 1910, the Old Post Office in Comfort, TX . It currently houses the “814 A Texas Bistro” food establishment.

 

This limestone-block building was built in 1890 as a blacksmith shop.  The lower floor was used for smithy and the upper story for living quarters in a regular Hill Country German style.

 

Ingenhuett Saloon circa 1891.

 

Karger Pool Hall circa 1913.

 

The oldest section of this hotel, with its jig-cut brackets and balustrade, was built in 1880. Additional facilities were constructed in 1894, seven years after the coming of the railroad to Comfort.

 

A controversial monument erected in honor of the German atheists who settled much of the Texas Hill Country in the 1840s.

 

Just a birdhouse that caught my eye in one of the stores.

 

Originally, in 1857 this small building was a small stable stop, it is now part of Meyer’s B&B.

 

Wood combination passenger/freight depot built in 1916 when the 1892 depot burned to the ground. Currently vacant and undergoing restoration.  All tracks are gone.

 

A beautiful Gothic Revival Church circa 1892. No regular church services held here, as a new yellow brick sanctuary is next door.

 

The “new” 1952 church next door.

 

This obelisk is a limestone monument that marks the mass grave of men killed in the Battle of the Nueces.

 

Comfort School built between 1892-93 with extensive additions and remodeling since.

 

Graves of around 2500 people lay beyond this arched entrance.

 

The bust of Ernst Hermann Altgelt, founder of the town of Comfort, Texas.

 

An octagon gazebo in Comfort City Park.

 

Grave of Marshall Terrell Steves, Sr – The man responsible for the San Antonio Worlds Fair (HemisFair) is a private cemetery East of Comfort on the way to Sisterdale.

I posted a couple of these birdhouses earlier when I first painted them.  Now that most of them are refurbished and back outdoors I thought I post all of them.

This one was the first one I painted.  It is a metal birdhouse. It was in my last post about Yard Art.

 

The ceramic cardinal is from my previous post also. The paint on it had faded to white.

 

This Ceramic Orange was also faded to white.

 

Ceramic Apple was also fading away.

When I ran out of ceramic birdhouses, I moved on to the wood ones. Most of these my husband had to put back together. They were literally falling apart. Once he got them back together I started painting them.

This first one I didn’t repaint.  I thought I looked pretty good still in its Baylor Colors of Green and Gold.  All I did to this one was give it a brick chimney.

 

This birdhouse was painted as a church.  I just refreshed its paint.   Not real happy with the painted stain glass windows though.

 

This birdhouse was unpainted.  I made it into a patriotic birdhouse. I Decoupaged the stars on the roof rather than attempt to paint them.

 

This big two story barn birdhouse had a rusty metal roof and faded red paint. I painted its rusty metal roof with chrome paint and refreshed its red paint.

 

This birdhouse was blue and had a poem written on the side.  I painted it pink and white and covered it with Decoupaged hearts.  From a distance the hearts are so little the birdhouse looks like it’s covered in polka-dots.

 

I decided not to mess with this one. It looks good as a rustic log cabin!

 

My husband need to put a hanger in the roof of this one for me.  I Decoupaged the stained glass windows on this little church and painted it’s rusty tin roof with chrome paint.

 

This was another birdhouse that wasn’t painted at all. So I painted it pink and chromed its rusty roof.  I Decoupaged flowers on it, because it was just too pink!  It is waiting for my husband to put a hanger in its roof also.

 

My latest restoration. This birdhouse turned out to be the most work and its my favorite.

Now all these birdhouses are located in my side yard where I can see them from my kitchen window. Only one of them has had birds build a nest in it. Can you guess which one the birds choose? It was the ceramic red cardinal!

Dinosaur Valley State Park, located just northwest of Glen Rose in Somervell County, is a nice park set astride the Paluxy River.  Long ago, dinosaurs left footprints in the mud at the edge of an ancient ocean. Today, you can walk in their tracks in the bed of the Paluxy River (unless its rained recently).

Park Entrance

Park Entrance

 

Park office with dinosaur in the rock design.

Park office with dinosaur in the rock design.

 

Display inside the park office.

Display inside the park office.

 

Another picture in the office.

Another picture in the office.

 

This pair of fiberglass dinosaurs were constructed for the New York City World's Fair in 1964-65. They were donated to the park in 1970.

There is a pair of fiberglass dinosaurs near the entrance that were constructed for the New York City World’s Fair in 1964-65. They were donated to the park in 1970.

 

The other dinosaur from New York City!

Ed with the other dinosaur from New York City!

 

"The Blue Hole" swimming area with no life guard.

“The Blue Hole” swimming area with no life guard.

 

Small amphitheater used by the Park Rangers for nature, star, and fossil talks.

Small amphitheater used by the Park Rangers for nature, star, and fossil talks.

 

Where to find the tracks display.

Where to find the tracks display.

 

Tracks were under water from recent rains.

When we looked for the tracks we found them to be under water from recent rains.

This attraction is down the road a ways from the State Park. It offers 20 acres of walkways that feature life-size dinosaurs and an impressive fossil dig where children can search for authentic fossils.  Entrance fee is $12.00.  We didn’t go in.

Attraction outside the state park. It is $12.00 entry fee. We didn't go it.

Dinosaur World.

 

Fiberglass dinosaur on the entrance.

Fiberglass dinosaur on the entrance.

 

Another one on the entrance.

Another one on the entrance.

 

The building is guarded.

The building is guarded.

Bored with reading I decided to collect my yard art and paint it up. I am not finished with all of it, but these are the pieces I’ve done so far.

I first did the metal cat. Poor thing was so rusty. He needed a new artificial flower too.

Cat holding a flower pot (artificial flower).

Cat holding a flower pot (artificial flower).

My next attempt was the frogs. There was no way I could reach all the places that needed paint, but it looks pretty good from a distance.

The Momma on the motorcycle.

The Momma on the motorcycle.

 Baby Froggy along for a ride in the side car.

Baby Froggy along for a ride in the side car.

A rusty birdhouse next caught my attention. Painting the vines was quite a chore.

Three room apartment bird house.

Three room apartment bird house.

The next birdhouse was ceramic, but the paint had faded to white.

Cardinal birdhouse.

Cardinal birdhouse.

The ceramic goldfish near the pond had also faded to white. So they got a new coat of paint.

Goldfish resting near the fish pond.

Goldfish resting near the fish pond.

I am currently painting a metal whirligig.

After walking at Hardberger Park today we drove on into San Antonio to see the Grotto on the Riverwalk.

Approaching the grotto from the riverwalk.

Approaching the grotto from the riverwalk.

Waterfall inside the grotto.

Waterfall inside the grotto.

Viewing the grotto from the street level.

Viewing the grotto from the street level.

Built in bench with monster peeking over.

Built in bench with monster peeking over.

Nearby shaded benches.

Nearby shaded benches.

View of the grotto from the shaded bench.

View of the grotto from the shaded bench.

Close-up of the grotto's sea shells.

Close-up of the grotto’s sea shells.

Bench with sea shell icicles.

Bench with sea shell icicles.

Another waterfall at the grotto.

Another waterfall at the grotto.

Man-made tree stump with cactus.

Man-made tree stump with cactus.

Monster walkway down into the grotto.

Monster walkway entrance down into the grotto.

Roots of the man-man tree stump!

Man-made roots of the man-man tree stump!

Looking out under the waterfall.

Looking out under the waterfall.