walterman

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walterman

I started on Trip Advisor (bad site) and changed to TravBuddy that was much better; 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, bur somebody has to do it (LOL).



North America » United States » Texas July 10th 2021

About a mile from Blackjack I was looking for another historic marker; and found the Town of Griffin Historic Marker on county road 4716. I did not see the Griffin Cemetery. Nearby Griffin I saw a private ranch and then an old building. Also nearby Griffin (County Road 4722) was a very nice expensive ranch with large stadium floodlights. I think they had their own private rodeos there. I liked their fence that looked like the fence had very large barbed wire. According to TSHA (Texas State Historical Association) Griffin was established by Issac Kendrict in 1853. Later in 1853 the post office opened under the name of Troutman until 1855. In 1855 the post office name was changed to Griffin; after Kendrict's home town of Griffin, Georgia. The post office closed from 1867 to 1876; ... read more
Griffin Cemetery, Cherokee County, Texas
Cherokee County Road 4716, Texas
Cherokee County Road 4716, Texas

North America » United States » Texas » Jacksonville July 10th 2021

I was exploring NE Cherokee County and I found on the county map two historic Markers to visit. North of New Summerfield on State Hwy 110 I turned East on county road 4713. I did not know that the intersection is the center of the dispersed community of Blackjack. (The current Blackjack Baptist Church is by that intersection.) The name Blackjack came from the many Blackjack Oak trees there; and the early settlers cut those oak trees to build their log cabins. Maybe a quarter mile on CR 4713 I turned South on Cherokee County Road 4714 (a rough road) to the dead end at the Fitch Cemetery (serving the Blackjack community). Most of the burial stones were from the Fitch family including some current stones. Now a smaller stone caught my attention because it had ... read more
Fitch Cemetery, Cherokee County Road 4714
Fitch Cemetery, Cherokee County Road 4714
Fitch Cemetery, Cherokee County Road 4714

North America » United States » Texas » Jacksonville July 10th 2021

Knoxville, Texas was an early settlement founded by the Norman family from Knoxville, Tennessee. I think it was Sam Norman (and father of Thomas Norman) that founded this town. According to TSHA (Texas State Historical Association) Knoxville, Texas was founded by immigrants from Tennessee in the late 1840s. In 1854 Thomas Norman sold 2/3 interest of the land to William Pope and Archibald Carmichael. Later in 1854 a post office opened and Knoxville became a town in Cherokee County, Texas. Also in 1854 William Pope opened a general store. During the US Civil War Knoxville had four general stores, a gristmill, sawmill, distillery (for whiskey sold in general stores), tanyard, and a church that served several denominations. In the early 1870s the railroad bypassed Knoxville; and in 1875 the post office closed. The cemetery is all ... read more
Knoxville Cemetery
Knoxville Cemetery
Knoxville Cemetery

North America » United States » Texas » Jacksonville July 10th 2021

I wanted to do something fun so I decided to find some ghost towns in Northern Cherokee County, Texas. I drove Texas Hwy 204 into Cherokee County. There was a half mile where Texas Highways 235 & 2274 overlapped where I found the Historic Marker for Lone Star ghost town. Right by the marker was the Lone Star Ranch. I circled around to Cherokee County Road 4601 and found Myrtle Springs Cemetery for the town of Lone Star. The Cemetery is about one mile (as the crow flies) from the Lone Star Historic Marker. According to TexasEscapes.com, the settlement of Skin Tight was established in the 1830s. When the town got a post office in 1883, they changed the name to Lone Star. The town did well with cotton and tomatoes were their primary crops. They ... read more
Texas Highways 235 & 2274, Lone Star Ranch
Texas Highways 235 & 2274, Lone Star Ranch
Texas Highways 235 & 2274, Lone Star Ranch

North America » United States » Texas » Nacogdoches July 4th 2021

Independence day is a good time for us locals to enjoy ourselves. That means firing up the Smoky Smoker (a commercial grade wood smoker cooker). Since I will not be driving, I would have a few jiggers of rum. With my few friends it was time to eat a selection of smoked meats and taters; with a heavy dose of Texas BS. We cooked extra food to go in quart bags and to be frozen for later months. After dark we did some fireworks, mostly roman candles. (Trees are wet from the rain.) From about a kilometer to the East, somebody shot a small canon a few times. You can feel the resulting pressure wave from the blast. No projectile fired. We all had a good time. completed... read more
Smoky Smoker
Smoky Smoker
roman candles

North America » United States » Texas » Nacogdoches June 12th 2021

It was hot and humid here, but that is life in Nacogdoches. Since all Texas festivals were canceled last year due to Covid, this years Blueberry was larger then normal. Parking was hard to find so I parked at a business that had an "open" sign. Nearby was the Old Nacogdoches University Building (chartered by the Republic of Texas). I saw an old friend and we had a nice chat about East Texas history. They had a piano downstairs that was played by Chico Marx when the Marks Brothers performed at the Nacogdoches Oprah House in the 1920s. Upstairs they had old photographs and other artifacts from the US Civil War. During the US Civil War the Old University Building served as a hospital. I finished a nice tour of the Old Nacogdoches University Building then ... read more
Old Nacogdoches University Building
Old Nacogdoches University Building
Old Nacogdoches University Building

North America » United States » Texas » Nacogdoches February 15th 2021

Two days before the Polar front ice storm, our weather stations warned us about all time record temperature lows and ice storm that could knock out our electric power for days. (The Texas electrical power grid is not reliable during temperature extremes.) I purchased ten gallons of non-ethanol gasoline for my portable generator for power. I purchased disposable propane bottles for my cook stove and my space heaters. I had plenty of food and water, and was ready to hunker down and stay at home. (What could possibly go wrong?) Day one (Feb. 15): I first got sleet then snow. I lost power in evening and covered up for the night. Day two (Feb 16): I woke to find ice covering my planted conifers damaging them. It warmed up to about 35 degrees F (turning snow ... read more
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North America » United States » Texas » Nacogdoches January 10th 2021

I received a notice on local weather man that we might get some snow; with thousands of homes West of Tyler, Texas that lost power. This was a rare snow event for my neck of the woods in Nacogdoches County. This was about two degrees C, above the freezing point of water. It was fun having my winter wonderland with photo opps. The snow came down wet and heavy, sticking like glue to my conifer trees. Later I had fun shooting night pics of the snow. Then I saw over fifty of my planted conifers bent over touching the ground with their tops. I acted by giving my affected trees a good shake to free them from the weight, and they rose up again. I only lost one tree that snapped from the snow. This would ... read more
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North America » United States » Colorado » Trinidad December 30th 2020

It was in the summer of 2016 when I visited the Trinidad History Museum and received a great tour. I got entry and a full tour of the Baca House and the Bloom Mansion for free. (Now they have a small entry fee.) I started with the main museum with the exhibits I posted in this blog. The tour of the houses are available with the museum guide only. Outside they have a nice garden where visitors can eat the veggies for free. In the main museum they had a bushel of good apples and invited me to take a bag of apples also free. (They also give to local charities.) My tour guide was a qualified historian that was full of useful information. We started with a tour of the Baca House. Don Felipe de ... read more
Trinidad History Museum
Trinidad History Museum
Trinidad History Museum

North America » United States » Texas » Athens December 26th 2020

I departed from Nacogdoches County for a two hour drive to Cedar Creek Dragway. (I made a stop on the way in Athens, Texas to shoot the Henderson County Courthouse.) I arrived at the dragway at 12100 Kaufman County Road 2139. (903-880-3099) I paid the $20 admission fee and I was ready to scoot. (The tract opened for racing at 2 PM; with matched big-boy vehicles reserved at 4 PM.) The track manager was very helpful to give me racing instructions and safety requirements. This is an official 1/8 mile drag racing tract. This racing was difficult for me at first cuz my front tires had to block out the two sensors that were about ten inches apart. That activated the "Christmas tree" with the green light and I had only a few seconds before my ... read more
Cedar Creek Dragway
Cedar Creek Dragway
Cedar Creek Dragway




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