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We stopped here to add the Museum as a waymark, but I took way too many car pictures to leave it at that.  It gets its own post.  Admission is $12.00.  The Museum is open Monday through Friday: 9am to 4pm and  Saturday: 9am to 5pm.

The building appears to have been an old dealership.

The building appears to have been an old dealership.

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Old gas pumps near entrance.

Old gas pumps near entrance.

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Now I’m not much of a corvette fan, but the whole showroom floor was covered in them. 

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All of the cars have been restored to original condition. The engines are showroom clean, batteries are kept on chargers, and the entire rolling stock is cranked up at least twice a week.

No food is actually served here.

No food is actually served here.

 

Restroom area.

Restroom Area.

 

Corvette Station Wagon - Only one made.

Corvette Station Wagon – Only one made.

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This is just a small sampling of the wonderfully restored cars housed at this museum. It is well worth a visit.

 

 

 

Since my post about Cameron and Rockport, I had a set back with another hospital stay. I’m once again recovered enough to hit the open road and visit some interesting places. On our way to do the walk in Wichita Falls we did some waymarking.

Decatur was our first city to visit.  It was 46 degrees and raining.  So the pictures have dots!

Pink Granite 108-year-old Wise County Courthouse.

Pink Granite 108-year-old Wise County Courthouse.

 

Atop the courthouse tower are four clocks.

Atop the courthouse tower are four clocks.

 

this mural reflects not only Decatur, but also the State of Texas, with a depiction of the Scale of Justice and a sword held by Lady Justice, a scroll over the shadow of the capitol building in Austin, a longhorn cow, a gavel, a bell, a flag of Texas, and a courts building.

This mural reflects not only Decatur, but also the State of Texas, with a depiction of the Scale of Justice and a sword held by Lady Justice, a scroll over the shadow of the capitol building in Austin, a longhorn cow, a gavel, a bell, a flag of Texas, and a courts building.

 

This New Deal post office was constructed in 1937 with Treasury Department funds. It presently houses the Decatur Visitors Center.

This New Deal post office was constructed in 1937 with Treasury Department funds. It presently houses the Decatur Visitors Center.

 

Oak Lawn Cemetery was officially established in 1878 when William T. Perry deeded property to Decatur.

Oak Lawn Cemetery was officially established in 1878 when William T. Perry deeded property to Decatur.

 

Vintage gas station. I thought it would be waymarked, but it isn't.

Vintage gas station. I thought it would be waymarked, but it isn’t.

 

1st United Methodist Church. Constructed under the leadership of the Reverend A. R. Nash, it was dedicated at Easter services in 1914.

1st United Methodist Church. Constructed under the leadership of the Reverend A. R. Nash, it was dedicated at Easter services in 1914.

We continued on to Bowie and it’s still raining.

Unveiled on April 7, 2016, a long-awaited Bowie knife greets travelers along US 81. Pending approval from the Guinness Book of World Records, this will be the largest Bowie knife in the world.

Unveiled on April 7, 2016, a long-awaited Bowie knife greets travelers along US 81. Pending approval from the Guinness Book of World Records, this will be the largest Bowie knife in the world.

Montague was our next stop.

Three story massive red brick Montague County Courthouse with columns built in 1912. It was renovated in 1939 and its dome was removed.

Three story massive red brick Montague County Courthouse with columns built in 1912. It was renovated in 1939 and its dome was removed.

 

On the northeast corner of the courthouse square in Montague stands an old jail building, unused since 1980, yet standing as a symbol of much of Montague County law enforcement history.

On the northeast corner of the courthouse square in Montague stands an old jail building, unused since 1980, yet standing as a symbol of much of Montague County law enforcement history.

 

War Memorial to all wars sits on another corner of the courthouse lawn. It is not yet a waymark.

War Memorial to all wars sits on another corner of the courthouse lawn. It is not yet a waymark.

 

Back side of the war memorial has lovely engraving.

Back side of the war memorial has lovely engraving.

Nacona was our last destination.  I added the Horton Car Museum and a Coca-Cola item to the Waymarking Database.  There are so many Museum pictures that there will be a separate post for it.

The building appears to have been an old dealership.

The building appears to have been an old dealership.

 

Old gas pumps near entrance.

Old gas pumps near entrance.

 

No food is actually served here.

No food is actually served here.

 

Restroom area.

Restroom area.

 

Corvette Station Wagon - Only one made.

1955 Corvette Station Wagon – Only one made.  It was a “Concept Car” at the New York Car Show.  It was the basis for the later Nomad.

 

Packard

1934 Packard Club Sedan

 

Studebaker

1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk

 

Coca-Cola Peddle Car with white walls.

Coca-Cola Peddle Car with white walls.

 

I thought this was an old gas station and I took pictures to waymark it. Turns out it is a new building just decorated to look old.

I thought this was an old gas station and I took pictures to waymark it. Turns out it is a new building just decorated to look old.

After 5 weeks of recovery from a fall that broke my hip, I am (by the Grace of God) once again able to travel (and walk with the aid of a cane) to take picture to Waymark locations of interest.

Rockdale was our first city to visit.

East Lawn Cemetery

East Lawn Cemetery

Oaklawn Cemetery

Oaklawn Cemetery

International and Great Northern Railroad Depot circa 1906.

International and Great Northern Railroad Depot circa 1906.

Display inside the old depot.

Display inside the old depot.

Caboose on display next to the depot.

Caboose on display next to the depot.

Rockdale Police Station was built in 1895 as the city hall.

Rockdale Police Station was built in 1895 as the city hall.

The Kay opened on Main Street in 1947. It is a Quonset hut style building, with Streamline Moderne facade and decor.

The Kay opened on Main Street in 1947. It is a Quonset hut style building, with Streamline Moderne facade and decor.

WPA Mural named “Industry in Rockdale.” Painted by Maxwell Starr. Located in the WPA built Post Office.

WPA Mural named “Industry in Rockdale.” Painted by Maxwell Starr. Located in the WPA built Post Office.

Design on the WPA built Post Office Building.

Design on the WPA built Post Office Building.

 

We moved on to the City of Cameron.

Cameron's Oak Hill Cemetery.

Cameron’s Oak Hill Cemetery.

1895 jail, designed with Romanesque revival features and stone detailing above the windows, had three main floors and a "hanging tower" equipped with a trap door.

1895 jail, designed with Romanesque revival features and stone detailing above the windows, had three main floors and a “hanging tower” equipped with a trap door.

Design on the old jail.

Design on the old jail.

Courthouse clock

Courthouse clock

Bell on the Courthouse Lawn.

Bell on the Courthouse Lawn.

Statue of Ben Milam for whom the county was named.

Statue of Ben Milam for whom the county was named.

Lady Justice above the clock on the courthouse.

Lady Justice above the clock on the courthouse.

St. Monica Catholic Church circa 1927-28

St. Monica Catholic Church circa 1927-28

All Saints Episcopal Church circa 1907

All Saints Episcopal Church circa 1907

First Methodist Church circa 1923

First Methodist Church circa 1923

The historic Dr. Nathan and Lula Cass House is now known as The Magnolia Inn, a Bed and Breakfast.

The historic Dr. Nathan and Lula Cass House is now known as The Magnolia Inn, a Bed and Breakfast.

The Texas Visitor Center at Langtry is open 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. CT seven days a week. You have to go through it to get to the Jersey Lily Saloon, and Judge Roy Beans home. In addition to those attractions there is a nature trail through a cactus garden, and the visitor’s center has Video Theatre and Interpretive Displays. It is free to visit the Jersey Lily and the rest of the displays.

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This is the actual building in its original location where Judge Roy Bean dispensed his justice.

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Below is the “Opera House” which is where Judge Bean lived.

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We did the nature walk and enjoyed the plants on display.

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Leaving the visitor’s center we spotted this huge cactus.

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Small store where you can buy drinks and snacks is also the US Post Office.

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Leaving Langtry we passed a small non-denominational church.

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Rocksprings is the county seat of Edwards County, TX.    It is located on the Edwards Plateau in the Texas Hill Country.  Because of the springs the area was a campsite for sheep/cattle ranchers as early as 1882.  When the Edwards County courthouse at Leakey burned in 1888,  a new, more centrally located site was selected for the county seat.   This campsite was selected and  a town was platted .  A post office opened in 1891.  It was originally called Rock Springs.

First we went looking for two letterboxes in the Rocksprings Cemetery. “Edwards Plateau” and “Mohair Sam”.

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In town we went to the courthouse square were we found the old Edwards County jail.  This limestone jail, built in 1891, no longer houses inmates it is vacant.

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The Edwards County Courthouse was built in 1891 out of limestone in the Romanesque Revival Style.

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There was a really neat statue on the corner of the courthouse square of an Angora Goat.  These goats originally came from Turkey.  Their wool is now a major income source to this county.

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The bank across from the courthouse also salutes the Angora trade with mosaic portraits on their wall.

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We only found one old church.

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We were in Salado to do the Volksmarching event, so I took this opportunity to stop by the Sculpture Garden. The sculptures are not permanent. So there is always something new to be seen. These are some of the new ones.

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St. Mary’s Catholic Church – High Hill is another one of the “Painted Churches” in central Texas. Another church with elaborate painted ceilings & stained glass windows.

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My photographs don’t do justice to this beautiful church either. You should visit it yourself!