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.


Sherwood Forest Faire – McDade, TX – 04/07/2018

The Sherwood Forest Faire is a medieval-themed extravaganza located near McDade. It is located 35 miles east of Austin. It will be open on weekends from March-April. There is a medieval village with shops, stages, and food booths. Fun begins before you even get in the gates.

Atop the castle walls.

A nice shield.

One of the kings.

Another one of the kings.

Queen and Bishop

Once inside the gates we saw this strange bird.

Posted map of the village so you can find the stages.

One of the shops.

Sitting in a big chair.

A costume for sale.

A minstrel performance

Talking to Will Scarlet.

Robin Hood

Play in progress.


Three Rotten Tomatoes for $5.00

The target for the tomatoes if you have a good throwing arm.

Knight in Shining Armor

Another neat costume.

Archery shop.

Cute skeleton.

Falconry area

There is the bird again.

Sheriff of Nottingham.

A Kookaburra



Recalcitrant owl wouldn’t come down.

Another photo cutout

Huge chess game.

Another photo cutout.

Castle gates.

Another castle.

More nice costumes.

Musicians performing.

Draco guarding the wishing well.

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.

Riverwalk – Waco, TX – 12/30/2017

The new East Side Section of the Waco Riverwalk has been open since late October.  Today we did the loop from the Suspension Bridge to McLane Stadium and back.  It was 46 degrees with a light misting rain.

We parked in front of the Hilton and walked past the bronze cattle drive to reach the Riverwalk.

We walked toward McLane Stadium on the old West Side section.

Buzzard Billy’s , I-35 bridges and McLane Stadium.

Renovations to the West Side under I-35.

Umphrey Bridge is how we will cross to the new East Side Section.

I-35 bridges from Umphrey Bridge.

New “You are Here” maps on the East Section.

Riverwalk goes to a boardwalk style bridge as we pass Buzzard Billy’s.

The boardwalk section is nice and wide.

Covered section underneath the active RR bridge.

View of downtown.

Suspension Bridge and Washington Street Bridge.

MLK mural on the old stanchion of the inter-urban railroad.

We took the ramp up to the Suspension Bridge and found this nice marker at the east end of the bridge.

Over the suspension bridge and we were back to our cars.  In the summer there won’t be any shade on this route.  I’ve heard rumors that the Suspension Bridge would be closing for repairs but you can go a little further and cross on the Washington Street Bridge.