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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.

After visitin Hope Outdoor Gallery we headed over to 23rd and Guadalupe to the University Co-op to see the murals and Bevo.


1923 Church across the street.

First Mural I saw says across the top – What Starts Here… Changes the World

40 year old mural is an important part of Austin history.

Mural of Texas – Mural shows the landscape of the state of Texas and highlights various state landmarks.

Close up of middle section.

Photographic print of a mural that is painted at another location.

Back by Bevo on the way out..

We were in Austin to do a volksmarching event (walk) and took the opportunity to visit this iconic location. The art is not permanent – it gets painted over regularly so what I post here may already be gone!

Navasota used to be an AVA sanctioned walk (volksmarch) but the club out of Bryan-College Station that hosted it has folded.  So this is a “just for fun” walk to take pictures and see how the town has changed since we last walked here.

Sculpture of Mance Lipscomb (April 9, 1895 – January 30, 1976). He was a blues singer, guitarist and songster. He was born near Navasota, TX.


Miller Movie Theater on the bottom, Masonic Lodge on the top. Building circa 1930.


Leake Building circa 1873


A section of the “Blues Alley” mural.


Another section of the mural.


This is a Blues mural, but it has country western section.


There is more to the mural, you should visit it to see it all.


Dated building: Chinskis since 1861


Mickelborough Building circa 1874


In 1871 this building opened as a mercantile.


P.A. Smith Hotel circa 1876.


The First National Bank was built in 1800. That bank closed in 1952. After years of other uses it is now Prosperity Bank.


This 2011 City Hall is a replica of the 1902 City Hall.


Frank Hamer – Navasota City Marshall 1908-1911. Best known for being the person who tracked down and killed Bonnie & Clyde.


Lee Tabernacle United Methodist Church – a Gothic Revival church building erected in 1896.


One story brick church from the Army base in Laredo, TX.  At the end of the war, they dismantled it and rebuilt it here.


Ed patiently waiting for me to finish taking pictures.


Just a pretty house, no historical marker.


First Presbyterian Church – A Gothic Church built in 1894.


St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – This English Village-Gothic Church was completed in 1891.


First Baptist Church – the one with the steeple in the background was built in 1890.


A 1892 “Stick” Victorian Style home.


Built 1871 in the style of Jesse Youens’ former home in Dartford, Kent, England.


A Queen Anne Style home circa 1898.


A free little lending library in a front yard.


Colonial Revival Style home circa 1900.


A 1902 Queen Anne style home.


A 1892 Victorian House.


Just a pretty fountain.


This 1930s High School is now the ISD administration offices.


VFW marker in the middle of a divided street. May be a war memorial.


Statue of French explore La Salle. He was killed by his own men near this spot in March 1687.


Terrell House is a lovely Queen Anne circa 1897.


2016 Post Card style mural on the side of MIller’s Theater.

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.