walterman

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walterman

I started on Trip Advisor (bad site) and changed to TravBuddy that was much better. It was bad luck when TB closed.

I was not a chemist, but a chemical hazard specialist. I retired from the State of Texas facility in Galveston to 100% disability in 2005. Then I moved back to my home area in East Texas.

I live on the small Walters Tree Farm outside of Nacogdoches, Texas USA. I am retired to be a simple farmer and traveler. Retirement is a tough job, but somebody has to do it (LOL).



North America » United States » Texas » Nacogdoches March 28th 2022

I found on the internet reasonably priced trail rides at the Roselake Ranch and made an appointment for today. The ranch is in the NE corner of Nacogdoches County near the small historic town of Garrison. The lady, an experienced rodeo barrel racer, gave me a good safety orientation including verbal and physical commands, and my body positioning for uphills and downhills. I was the only paid rider and had a custom enjoyable ride. At a difficult uphill section I lost my hat. After the ride that nice lady went back and got my cowboy hat for me. This was a good day for me! This is a multi purpose ranch with horses, cows, pigs, and even emus. They had very small horses for childrens rides, and other events and rides for children for the Christmas ... read more
Roselake Ranch
Roselake Ranch
Roselake Ranch

North America » United States » Texas » Nacogdoches January 17th 2022

The local weatherman at our local ABC station in Tyler, Texas informs his viewers when the International Space Station is visible over the "Piney Woods" of East Texas. I had time to pick out two nearby locations where I could shoot the station coming and going. I started my shoot with my camera on a tripod. When changing location I managed to seperate camera from tripod, hence the squiggle in my results. It was a nice clear cool evening for viewing the International Space Station. note: these pics were two second exposures.... read more
Space Station
Space Station
Space Station

North America » United States » Texas » Nacogdoches December 9th 2021

I am no real astronomer, but on the internet I saw that over a five day period the moon would be alligned with Saturn, Jupiter. Venus, and Mercury. (No chance I could shoot Mercury.) I could only tell the planets by their relative position with the sunset and the rising moon, as per the internet information. With my simple camera I could not shoot Saturn with its dim light though it was visible to the eye. I pointed my camera to the SSW for my pics by the pine forest. To the SW was the past sunset with Venus clearly visible. I used my zoom to get the almost half moon with Jupiter to the right. (My pic looks like a full moon, but that was due to the limits of my camera.) Venus was off ... read more
Moon-Jupiter
Moon-Jupiter

North America » United States » Texas November 13th 2021

I drove into Henderson on South Main Street for a short easy walk to Heritage Square for the Syrup Festival. Just before reaching the festival secured area I reached the Howard-Dickinson House, built by the Howard brothers in 1855. The Howards were carpenters and brick masons. They were the major brick makers for the area, and many old homes and businesses standing today in Henderson were built with Howard bricks. Martha Howard was a cousin to Sam Houston, and President Houston visited there often. I walked into the secured area (keeping the autos from the street festival people) and got to thr traffic light where the four Main Streets (North, South, East, and West) met at Heritage Square. There vendors were selling food, rides for children, tee shirts, crafts, nic-nacs, and lost of other stuff. There ... read more
Syrup Festival downtown
Syrup Festival
Opera House

North America » United States » Texas » Jacksonville October 31st 2021

This is the second Larissa Cemetery, a little newer than the first cemetery that was located on Cherokee County Road 3411 near the Killough Monument. This Larissa Cemetery is located on Cherokee County Road 3706 just North of Texas Hwy 855. Larissa was a diversed community settled in 1837 by current day Cherokee County Road 3405, NNW of Jacksonville, Texas. The Town of Larissa was established in 1847 with a Post office, stores, schoolhouse and a masonic lodge. Later they built the Larissa College that was highly ranked. Larissa thrived for over a decade, then declined to population zero. completed... read more
Larissa Cemetery
Larissa Cemetery
Larissa Cemetery

North America » United States » Texas » Jacksonville October 31st 2021

The Killough Monument (massacre site with historic marker) is a hard to find site on an unmarked road running South of Cherokee County Road 3411. The Issac Killough family was unarmed while harvesting their crops. They were attacked resulting in 18 family members being murdered or carried off. The historic marker (and several internet sites) blamed that massacre on "Indians"; refering to the peaceful East Texas Cherokee Nation. Keep in mind that Cherokee Chief Duwali (AKA Chief Bowles) had a signed treaty in 1836 with Sam Houston (and the Republic of Texas) for permenant exclusive land rites for about three million acres of land including all of Cherokee County. In 1837 the congress of the Republic of Texas nullified the treaty and started issuing land grants to settlers on Cherokee land.Unfortunately Issac Killough did not know ... read more
Killough Monument
Killough Massacre Historic Marker
Killough Massacre Monument

North America » United States » Texas » Jacksonville October 31st 2021

Larissa was a dispersed community settled by farmers in 1837 by the Killough, Wood and Williams families. (The Killough family had bad luck in 1838.) T. N. McKee developed the Town of Larissa, and in 1847 they had a post office. In 1848 Larissa had a small schoolhouse, a masonic lodge, and some other services. Larissa continued to prosper over the years. In 1856 Larissa College was establised and soon the college was highly ranked in East Texas. The town was centered on what now is Cherokee County roads 3405 and 3411, about ten miles NNW of Jacksonville, Texas. The US Civil War took Larissa on a downhill spiral where it did not recover. When the railroads bypassed Larissa, that brought the town to an end. Today Larissa is population zero, with virtually nothing remaining of ... read more
John Killough stone
Hinton stone
Hinton stone

North America » United States » Texas » Center October 8th 2021

I drove East on Texas Hwy 7 about 50 miles to the downtown Center Square for the Poultry Festival. (Raising chickens is big business here in East Texas.) This small festival is limited to the square dominated by the Shelby County Courthouse Museum. Though a small festival, there were many nice people there to chat with. They had a small group of vendors including food and ride vendors for the children. This was the middle day of a three day festival. (I wish I was there to enter the chicken wing eating contest!) Later that afternoon there would be live intertainment on the square; but I had other places to see. I was happy to see that the Shelby County Courthouse Museum was opem to the public. A nice lady there gave me a guided tour ... read more
Poultry Festival
Poultry Festival
Poultry Festival

North America » United States » Texas » Rusk September 17th 2021

A few years ago I purchased a book on 1891 New Birmingham, Texas. I got pics from that book before I lost the book. The book documents the third year (of five years) that New Birmingham was a national boom town before it went bust in 1893. In 1888 Anderson Blevins and a group of investors aquired the Cherokee Land and Iron Company and 20,000 acres of land with plenty of iron ore to be mined or picked up off the ground. (There was nearby lignite coal to be used for fuel.) In 1889 New Birmingham was incorporated and open for business. They had two 50 ton iron blast furnaces: "Tassie Belle" (named after Blevins wife), and the "Star and Crescent" that provided pig iron and iron pipe for sale. New Birmingham had one of the ... read more
Southern Hotel office
Southern Hotel, Ladies Parlor
Southern Hotel Park

North America » United States » Texas » Rusk September 13th 2021

The unincorporated community of Weeping Mary was founded after the US Civil War by freed Afro-American slaves. This community is located about sevin miles SW of Alto, Texas on Cherokee County Road 2907 by Caddo Mounds State Historic Site. Weeping Mary had its school established in 1896 until World War 2; then the students were educated in Alto ISD. The religious and social life centered at the Weeping Mary Baptist Church. The church was established at a nearby location where it was seriously damaged in a flood. The church was replaced at the current location in 1957. While in the area I had a short tour of Caddo Mounds State Historic Site. completed... read more
Weeping Mary Baptist Church
Weeping Mary Baptist Church
Caddo Mounds State Historic Site




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