Walter

walterman9999

Walter

I started on Trip Advisor and changed to TravBuddy that was much better; bad luck when TB closed.

I live on my small tree farm outside of Nacogdoches, Texas USA. I am retired to be a simple farmer and traveler.



North America » United States » Texas » Rusk September 11th 2019

According to Wikipedia, the Texas State Railroad started construction near Rusk, Texas; built by inmates of the new Rusk Penitentiary to transport raw materials for the iron blast furnace at the Penitentiary. The building of the Texas State Railroad and the Rusk Penitentiary are linked with both located in the Rusk area, and both starting operations in 1883. In 1906 the railroad reached Maydelle. Then in 1909 the railroad was completed to Palestine in Anderson County. The hardest part of the railroad construction was the trestle over the Neches River, from Cherokee County to Anderson County. Now the Texas State Railroad is operated as a scenic tourist train line through the countryside. The real story about the Texas State Railroad is from the old Rusk Penitentiary (1883-1917). Now the old penitentiary is located in the Rusk ... read more
Rusk Penitentiary (prison)
Rusk Penitentiary
Rusk State Hospital

North America » United States » Texas » Rusk September 5th 2019

I found only two internet sites on Gent, Texas; on Gent Mountain. The Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) was my main source of historic information. TexasEscapes.com was my secondary source. My farmer friend was very important in finding this site. Both of the above internet sites agreed that Gent was also known as Ghent. On Gent Mountain there was a well hidden Historic Marker, that we could not find cuz of the heavy overgrown brush and thorny vines. The sun was on the other side of the overgrown brush. After a while we found a dark silhouette of a historic marker in the brush. We cleared away the brush to see this historic marker. In the late 1840s the area was first settled by European Americans and known as Sand Springs. That settlement was not really ... read more
Gent Village band
Gent Village Historic Marker
Gent Village HM

North America » United States » Texas » Rusk August 10th 2019

Preface: This blog is one of about five new blogs centered around Cherokee County, Texas that I hope to complete in September, 2019. My farmer friend and guide (and East Texas railroad historian) was very helpful and I use the internet for more historic information. Most of these locations prospered in the 1880s by getting a spur line railroad to Jacksonville, Texas; to use the main railroad to ship their agricultural products to markets in East Texas. These blogs were all shot on Aug. 26, 2019. I was riding with my good friend from Cherokee County and he drove me to the nearby small town of Neches in Anderson County, just four miles West (as the crow flies) of the Neches River, and Cherokee County. My friends small ranch & farm drains down to the Neches ... read more
Neches
Neches
Neches

North America » United States » Texas » Carthage August 2nd 2019

I was driving to a small town of Keatchie, LA to visit a friend South of Shreveport, Louisiana. I found on my Texas road map the small community of Deadwood, Texas not far out of the way to my destination in Louisiana and decided to see Deadwood without Wild Bill Hickok. I drove North on US Hwy 59 and about three miles South of Carthage where I turned East on Farm Road 2517. I drove East about ten miles and passed over the Sabine River. After about five more miles I got to the community of Deadwood, Texas at the intersection of FR 2517 and FR 31. I stopped there at an abandoned parking lot cuz I saw no trace of Deadwood at the highway intersection. I drove a short distance South on FR 31 and ... read more
road construction on FR 2517
FR 2517
FR 2517

North America » United States » Texas » Nacogdoches June 25th 2019

In 1845 the Republic of Texas chartered the Old Nacogdoches University Building as one of the first six colleges in Texas. This university building was constructed in 1858-1859 (Texas was a new US State then) at a cost of $10,500 USD. Classes started there in 1859. The "Red House" is where they started classes in 1845; and classes were held in other buildings all at or near the downtown Nacogdoches Square until the university building was completed in 1859. In 1904 All of Washington Square was deeded to Nacogdoches Independent School District (NISD). The Rusk Building (also called the "Old Red Building") was added to Washington Square in the 1910s as the first Nacogdoches High School. The other nice buildings were added later. In 1939 the "White Building" was finished as the new Nacogdoches High School ... read more
Old Nac Univ Building
Old Nac Univ Building
Old Nac Univ Building

North America » United States » Texas » Nacogdoches June 14th 2019

It was June 8, 2019 when we had our Nacogdoches Blueberry Festival. I got to park my truck at the Sterne-Hoya Museum & Library; so I started my Blueberry Festival there. Adolphus Sterne has the oldest house remaining in Nacogdoches. Sterne was one of the three most important people involved in the independence of Tejas from Mexico. Sam Houston was the most important political and military leader for Texas independence; who made his home at the Sterne home, while not traveling on business. TJ Rusk was the third leader of Texas independence who lived an easy horse ride to the Sterne house. I wish I could go back in time to one of the many independence meetings at the Sterne home to hear the planning of those three leaders. Adolphus Sterne was directly involved in the ... read more
Sterne-Hoya Museum Library
Sterne-Hoya Museum Library
Sterne-Hoya Museum Library

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson June 6th 2019

In June 1985 I purchased a new 4X4 truck for my new traveling job, and my first assignment was for the summer in Tucson, Arizona. Since my small truck was set up for camping, I chose to stay in the very nice cool Catalina Mts. rather than the slums of Tucson. I had a one hour drive from Bear Canyon to work and back, five days a week. At work in the morning my host company gave out unlimited drinking water and ice to all employees and sub-contractors including me. Back then the Catalina Hwy was a narrow winding poorly paved road with no guard rails. Starting up the Catalina Mts by the Coronado National Forest sign, clearly visible was a number of wrecked cars and trucks that fell hundreds of feet down the cliffs. (Later ... read more
Catalina Mts
Catalina Mts
Catalina Mts

North America » United States » Arizona » Tucson May 31st 2019

In May, 1985 I purchased my first new vehicle, a small 4X4 pickup truck. I did that for my new job and my first assignment was in Tucson, Arizona. I was so poor then I had the choice of getting a cheap hotel in the Tucson slums without air conditioning (at 100 degrees F), or camping in the cool air of the tall Catalina Mountains on the North side of Tucson. My new truck was set up for camping so I chose that option. (Camping not permitted by my new employer...to bad, so sad.) One of my first excursions was in Saguaro National Park (East) a few miles East of Tucson. (There is a detached section of Saguaro National Park, West of Tucson that I never visited.) Getting close (about ten miles East of Tucson, Arizona) ... read more
Saguaro Nat. Monument
Saguaro Nat. Monument
Saguaro Nat. Monument

North America » United States » Texas » Crockett May 28th 2019

Last year I visited some old abandoned historic buildings including the Mary Allen Seminary that operated from 1886-1972 in Crockett, Texas. This school was founded in 1886 by Reverend Richard Allen and his wife Mary Allen as the only school in Texas open to freed Afro-American women. The school was administered and taught by white women from a local Presbyterian Church. Unfortunately Mary Allen passed away in 1887; but they named the school after her. In 1924 The Texas school board appointed the first Afro-American administrator, Reverend Burt Smith, who made many important changes to the Mary Allen Seminary including: changing to an all Afro-American faculty, admitting Afro-American men, and changing the curriculum to include the sciences and providing needed vocational training like dressmaking, cooking, and other needed skills for the students to make it in ... read more
Mary Allen Seminary
Mary Allen Seminary Historic Marker
Mary Allen Seminary

North America » United States » Texas » Nacogdoches May 24th 2019

On January 20, 2019 I was invited to watch the Lunar Eclipse at Walters Tree Farm, about nine miles East of the City of Nacogdoches. I was there after sunset and was ready to shoot in a dark place behind the out building. I shot a pic before the eclipse to show a pine tree and some oak trees. I started shooting with the stages of the eclipse and it was hit or miss with the pics that I show here. I got some halfway eclipse shots and a mostly eclipse pic using my inexpensive Walmart tripod. This took a few hours, and by time of totality the moon was directly overhead; making my tripod useless. I used my zoom and free-handed some three second exposures of pics of totality. You'all know that we do not ... read more
pre-lunar eclipse
half lunar eclipse
half lunar eclipse




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