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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.


After doing a volksmarch in San Marcos we decided to stop in Kyle for some sightseeing.  We parked at the old depot and walked around.

Kyle’s MoPac depot which was undergoing renovations now has a sign that it is “Now Open”.

Just down from the depot a nice red, white and blue water tower looks down on the Kyle Police Department.

There is an old baggage cart on the depot platform.

There is a hand car on display also.

MoPac caboose 854 also sets on display near the old depot.

We left the caboose and headed toward the Market Days activities in the park.

The new 2006 city hall building is home to Kyle’s only elevator.

Live Oak Masonic Lodge #304 has met at this location for over a hundred years.

There is a very large slice of cherry pie above the entrance to Texas Pie Company.

Given by Mr. and Mrs. Ashley Bunton in memory of John Wheeler Bunton, this tower houses the Episcopal Church Bell from the 1880s.

The former city hall building, located in the town square, was built in the Revival style architecture style during 1912.

This fountain is in the center of Mary Kyle Hartson Park where the Kyle Market Days were going on.

A beautiful hexagon gazebo sets in one corner of the park where some musicians were setting up.

Returning to our car at the depot we got another view of the new City Hall.

Just across from the depot is the VFW Hall.

We drove over to see a hundred year old church and the WPA school buildings.

Reverend Tom Garrett was pastor of the Methodist congregation when it was organized in 1880, the same year the city was established when David E. Moore and Fergus Kyle deeded 200 acres for a townsite to the International-Great Northern Railroad.

Plaque #191 on the Methodist Church Historic locations list.

A Texas Historical Marker on this building near the corner of Nance and Austin Streets states in part that through the Works Progress Administration (WPA), a New Deal agency active during the Great Depression, the U.S. Government paid for about three-fourths of the cost while Kyle voters approved a bond issue in February 1935 to fund the remainder. Work on the project began in January 1936, giving jobs to 29 men.

The WPA buildings at the Kyle campus, crafted by local labor and built of locally quarried limestone, have served since their construction as educational facilities and social centers.

We thought we were through with our Kyle sightseeing and headed back to get on I-35, when we spotted this.

A large mural on the back of building next to the railroad tracks.

A new bar with music and dance floor, named the “Railhouse”, will be opening Oct. 2017  in Kyle.   One of the owners gave us a tour when we asked about the mural on the back of the building.

This mural is to left of entrance.

On an inside wall is this mural of Janis Joplin.

When you go out the back door there is this mural of Willie Nelson to the right.

On the opposite side of the back entrance is this mural of Johnny Cash.

All of these murals are by the same man, Gary Holman. I give his artwork 5 stars! I want to thank our tour guide for taking time out of his schedule to give us this impromptitude tour.

I’ve visited Fort Hood, but never nearby Killeen.  I heard they had a new mural, so we decided to visit, we wandered around town and found other things. The pictures are in the order I took them, probably not the most efficient way to go. 

We passed this nice Masonic Lodge Building before reaching the mural.

Right end of the Mural

Center of the Mural

Left End of the Mural

When we were leaving we notice this ghost sign on a building across the street. I think old signs are interesting, don’t you.

The 1913 Santa Fe Depot is now the Chamber of Commerce building. They told us about some things to go visit.

They recommended the “Fort Hood November 5 Memorial” for the 13 people killed and 32 wounded, so we went over to visit.

Each of the 13 individual markers has a sculpture on top. This one of Scooby Doo was on Francheska Velez’s. She was pregnant so the terrorist actually killed 14 people.

Across the street was another memorial so we walked over to take a look. It is a very nice Korean War Memorial.

I had the address for the city hall so we drove over to take a look. Turns out it has separate entrances for the boys and girls, LOL

The 1928 High School Building has been repurposed into City Hall.

Boy’s Entrance

Girls Entrance

We next headed over to the Central Texas University Campus to look around. We stopped at the bell tower first.

Bell Tower

Fountain in the pond between the library and the bell tower.

Nice arched bridge over the pond.

Located in front of the library (side opposite the pond) is an LBJ Memorial.

Neat Presidential Seal.

LBJ was president when Central Texas College was created. He spoke at the dedication ceremony.

Fountain near LBJ Memorial isn’t working.

We left the campus to look for Power Sports because the Chamber of Commerce told us they have a mural there too.

On the way we spotted this mural on the side of Extraco Bank.

First of three murals on the side of Power Sports. Looks like Elvis to me.

Center Mural.

Last Mural.

We had one last place to visit in Killeen – The Central Texas Veteran’s Cemetery. I should have realized it would be huge.  We parked at the office and walked the pathway lined with memorials.

Central Texas Veteran’s Cemetery.

Iraq/Afghanastan Memorial

New Vietnam Memorial – dedication will be on 8-28-17.

Back of the Mural.

Other side of the back.

Reminds me of Arlington Cemetery.

After doing the volksmarch at Singing Wind Park we did some sightseeing. Our first stop was at the Museum of Western Art where two sculptures are on display out front.

“Out of the Mystic Past” by Fritz White is of a Native American shaman.

“Wind & Rain” by William Moyers is of a cowboy and his horse.

Leaving the museum we headed into town for an assortment of sights.

“Lupe” by artist GiGi Miller, is a mosaic Gudalupe Bass located in Louise Hays Park.

A very nice mural on the wall of the McDonald’s.

Mural on the top floor of the public library.

Mosiac mural is on the outside wall of the library. Can you name the books the scenes are taken from?

Opened in 1926, the Arcadia now sits unused.

Masonic Building occupied by Kerrville Lodge No. 697 A.F. & A.M., from 1891 until 1927.

A former post office, this art deco building was constructed with federal Treasury Department funds in 1935. It is now Kerr Arts & Cultural Center.

“Mother’s Love” an abstract design by James Avery.

Clock tower is one end of a skybridge over HWY 16 for City Hall employees to reach the parking garage. City Hall complete with clock tower and skybridge opened in 2012.

1936 County Marker in front of the courthouse.

Lehmann Memorial Gazebo on the courthouse lawn.

In loving memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice and in honor of all who served.

Snail sculpture near the entrance to Kerr Arts & Cultural Center

One side of a carving in the Kerr Arts & Cultural Center

The other side of the same carving.

A general store started in 1869 by Mr. Schreiner and a partner. This building was erected in 1919.

The 1915 Southern Pacific brick depot has been made into a restaurant.

Before we left Kerrville we headed over to “The Coming King, Sculpture and Prayer Garden”. After our GPS sent us to the wrong place we found the entrance. If you want to vist the correct entrance location is 30.071197, -99.115820. Keep right to reach parking area.

Hidden amongst the glass, chrome and skyscrapers are some pretty wonderful things to see. Like the 1910 Harris County Courthouse.

Traditional Building Website
Built in 1910 in the Beaux-Arts style, the Harris County Courthouse in downtown Houston, TX, is one of the most significant historic courthouses in the state. The elegant, 152,936-sq.ft., six-story structure was designed by Charles Edwin Barglebaugh of the Dallas firm of Lang & Witchell.

A renovation in the 1950s removed most of the historic fabric in the interior and significant elements on the exterior. Floors had been added at each level in the rotunda, closing off the area to natural light that would have come in through the original 80-ft.-dia. art-glass dome. The art-glass dome was gone too; it had been removed because of hurricane damage.  The good news is that the historic building has been saved and restored, as much as possible, to its original 1910 condition, thanks to a $52-million, seven-year restoration, completed in 2012.

Reconstructing the art-glass dome was a significant challenge. The architects had no historic evidence or photos to follow, with the exception of indentations in the base of the concrete piers from the original steel structure. These, at least, indicated the shape and general curvature of the dome.  The ARCHITEXAS team decided to go with a Prairie-style art-glass dome. I.H.S. Studios, Fredericksburg, TX, worked with the architects to detail and construct the new art-glass dome.

The attic level of each projecting bay is crowned with a raking parapet. The architrave and frieze of the dentilled raking cornice are detailed with stylized brickwork and iron grills.  The tympanum contains a large medallion displaying an open book set within the scales of justice and underlined with a bilateral feather ornament. Other conspicuous decoration on the facades of the courthouse includes sculptured female faces which peer out from scroll brackets positioned like keystones above segmentally arched windows of the second floor. Abstractly rendered lion heads with depending floral ornament occur at the frieze level above the rusticated piers on each elevation.

Not far from the courthouse is the Sweeney, Coombs & Fredericks Building.  One of the few Victorians left standing downtown, this narrow, three-story, built in 1889 and capped with a corner turret, was designed by George Dickey as the home of a jewelry firm. 

The building, with its elaborate Eastlake ornamentation, is a beauty to behold.

My next discovery was the old Ritz Movie Theater.  It was done is a Southwest Style, and opened in 1926.  Not sure how long it was open, but today is sport the beautiful neon sign from “The Majestic Metro” another vintage movie theater which didn’t survive the wrecking ball.  Today is it a banquet hall, not a movie theater.

Next door to the Majestic Metro is a mural on Treebeard’s Restaurant.  This is a new mural painted in 2013, I think.  But the restaurant has had a mural of one type or another since 2007.

St. Germain Lofts is the renovated 1913 Kress Building.  The store had eight stories – enough room for retail on the first 3½ floors, Kress’s offices above, and four floors of office space for lease. The store had two facades, one facing Main, the other facing Capitol. It was renovated into loft apartments in 1982.

During renovation the large-scale cornice with its corbels and the roof parapet that held the Kress logo were removed.  But the bas-relief art between the 7th and 8th floors survived the renovations.

The design pattern on the bottom of the building was added during the renovations.

I like the architecture that is candy to the eye.  Modern glass and chrome just isn’t my thing.  I’m glad these treasures have managed to survive in Houston.




After doing a volksmarching event along the river walk in San Antonio we took time to tour Mission San Jose and Mission Concepcion before heading home.

Mission San Jose is first.

We parked in front of this building next to the mission.

Bell tower in the distance.

Statue of the Franciscan monk Fray Antonio Margil De Jesus who founded this mission in 1720.

Outdoor ovens dot the compound.

A diorama of the mission.

Well in front of the mission.

Sculpted in 1775, the Rose Window is considered to be one of the finest examples of baroque architecture in North America.

Doors to the Mission surrounded by artwork. This entrance is not open.

Looking up above the door.

Gateway into the mission on the North side wall.

Support arch.

West side of the mission.

Arches without covers.

This entrance to the mission is the one you enter through.

Alter just inside the door.

Dome with metal chandelier.

Art around the inside door.

Brass metal Stations of the Cross line the wall.

Font for water

Door has intricate design.

Another well we passed on the way out.

We headed over to Mission Concepcion

Big sign at the entrance.

Ruins and the Mission.

Water well in front of the mission

One of the two bell towers.

This entrance to the mission isn’t open.

Arched hallway down the side of the mission.

Gated stairs, they don’t want anyone going up.

Faded artwork on the wall.

Inside of the church.

Artwork surrounding what I think was the bell pull rope.

Faded artwork above an arched doorway.

Close up of the picture of Jesus.

Domed area with a metal chandelier (retrofitted with electric lights).

Outdoor alter across the courtyard.

One final look at the mission as we leave.

One last post from our trip to Austin.  Sparky Park of a former electric substation, the park was created through the efforts and vision of neighbors. Lovely old trees and a unique art wall make this pocket park something special.

Really enjoyed this Grotto Wall!  Had to add a little something of my own to the artwork.