Calvert, TX 5/02/2018

Calvert just celebrated its 150th Anniversary.  We were unable to attend the celebration but came back to tour the town anyway.   We found a great number of Victorian homes which we greatly enjoyed.

Excerpt from Texas State Historical Assn:
Calvert is on State Highway 6 nine miles north of Hearne in west central Robertson County. In 1850 Robert Calvert, for whom the town was named, established a plantation west of the town site. Calvert and other area farmers urged the Houston and Texas Central Railway to build through the area; the railroad arrived in 1868. A group of investors purchased land at the town site and platted the community in January of that year, and by February merchants from nearby communities such as Sterling and Owensville were moving to the new town.

A post office also opened at the community in 1868. The first trains arrived there in 1869. As a rail center and as county seat, Calvert prospered. In 1873 a severe yellow fever epidemic killed many in the community.

Texas Historic Site Atlas

Early in the 1870s, Calvert was notified that it was to become the county seat of Robertson County. June 1, 1875, A. Groesbeck and F.A. Rice, trustees of a parcel of Houston and Texas Central Railroad land transferred the land to Robertson County for use as a courthouse site. The same day, plans and specifications for the courthouse were accepted by the county. The architect was W.T. Ingraham of St. Louis, Missouri.

Shortly before the courthouse was completed. Franklin was named the county seat,  and Calvert was left with a useless building. In 1885, however, Robert A. Brown, merchant, investor, and banker, saw other possibilities for the courthouse: December 1,  he purchased the building from A. Faulkner and converted it into a handsome house.

New sign invites you to visit.

Mural in need of restoration. We parked here to begin our planned three mile walk around town.

Fancher-Drennan-Cobb House erected in 1885.

Collat-Hucks House is an 1892 Victorian.

Eastlake Cottage erected in 1897.

Epiphany Episcopal is a Gothic style church erected in 1870.

Faulkner-Proctor-Casey House built in 1873.

Proctor House circa 1905

Randolph-Field House built in 1873.

Parish House – Queen Anne Style – currently undergoing restoration.

Parish Carriage House.

This was to be the Robertson County Courthouse, It is currently the Ingraham Castle Bed & Breakfast.

Ingraham Castle gazebo.

Carriage house for the Ingraham Castle

Old town bell put on display in time for 150 year celebration.

Town Clock (isn’t working).

Current City Hall was built in 1868 by James S. Hanna, for a general store.

Victorian commercial building curently vacant.

Former Cocoamoda Chocolate Boutique is now Double Z Old General Store.

Built in 1884 for Collat, Adoue & Risser Dry Goods store.

Eloria Theater is now an antique store.

Statue of Liberty guards the entrance to the old theater.

Across the street from the old theater are three buildings worth noting.

1879 Oscar Building – currently vacant.

Cobbs Market was built in 1868 and remodeled in 1878.

1877 Oscar building was built as a saloon.

Pierce Lodge #144 A.F. & A.M. Bottom floor currently vacant.

Permanent cyclist

These three building brightly painted are the home of “Cowboy Up Ranch Furniture”.

Three story hotel – currently vacant.

Former Calvert Hotel erected in 1872.

Lovely old City Hall going to ruin.  Cornerstone doesn’t give the date it was built.

Could not find any information of this one.

No information on this one either.

First Baptist Church erected in 1910.

Mausoleum for Samuel S. Whitemore (Mason) is the only one in Calvert City Cemetery.

Angel on the marker for Victoria Field.

Angle on the left is on the grave of Mary Drennan. The one on the right is for Adelaide Westall.

G.G. Saurenman

Stricker-Sneed-Gray House is a Victorian built in 1900.

Yard of the Stricker-Sneed-Gray House.

Virginia Field Park – Open green space with large gazebo, two small pavilions, and a vintage merry-go-round.

In 1909, the architectural craftsman-style Katy Hamman-Stricker Women’s Heritage Center was built in Calvert as the first AWL chapter house in Texas.

Brick Methodist Church erected in 1923.

Mistrot-Adoue-McCrary House is a mixture of Greek revival and Victorian styles.

Marx House is a one story Victorian.

First Presbyterian Church moved here from the town of Sterling.

We entered the park this time to check out  the dance pavilion.

Inside of the dance pavilion is two rows of seating.

Small pavilion next to the vintage merry-go-round.  

Clara Barton home – Classic Revival – 1909.

Late 19th century residence on the National Register of Historic Places.

Cooper-Allen-Dowell House built in 1897

Victorian frame residence was ordered prefabricated from Sears.

Drennan-Field-Doremus House – with two story tower over the entrance.

Drennan-Doremus-Burnitt House erected in 1870.

Gibson House is a combination of Colonial Revival and Victorian styles.

Another nice one with no information.

Joe Foster-Johnson House is currently undergoing a total rebuild.

Dunn House – late Victorian – listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Presidio de San Saba – Menard, TX 3/31/2018

​The Presidio de San Saba is located one mile west of Menard, Texas on Hwy 190. Founded in 1757, it was operated by the Colonial Spanish Army until it was abandoned in 1772 by order of the Viceroy of New Spain.

There is no admission charge and visitors are welcome to a self guided tour 365 days a year.  Phase one of the current restoration was started in 2011 with a grant from the Texas Historical Commission. There are more phases to come as soon as there are funds available.  Menard County is the owner of the Presidio de San Saba and maintains the grounds.

FORT CLARK DAYS – Brackettville, TX 3/3/2018

Empty Saddle Statue

Army Tents set up

Apache Lipan dance demonstration. First they explained what was going to be performed.

The first demonstration was for the social dance. They invited people from the audience to join them.

The second demonstration was a warriors dance.

After the dancing finished we went to check out the camels.

About that time they gave a demonstration of the cannons.

Crazy Horse Memorial – June 1998

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.

Kyle, TX – 09/09/2017

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.

Killeen, TX

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.