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North America » United States » Texas » Austin October 3rd 2020

This entry will be different from most that came before it. One of the things that sets this road trip off from the others is that it was not a solo road trip. Jack and I had planned this trip for at least a month, and it would be his only trip for the season. Since it was a Big-12 team, we've begun to think of this as our annual road trip. Last year, we went to see West Virginia, and this year it was Texas. Of course, I did not want to go just to see Texas; the visiting team for this weekend's match up was my alma mater, TCU. Last year, I went to see them play at Oklahoma, and we knew from the outset that it was hopeless to expect TCU to win. ... read more
The only state entry sign I photographed on this trip
Love Buc-ee's, and love his 'mask'
Common sight for this football season

North America » United States » Texas » Rusk September 15th 2020

The Shiloh United Methodist Church was organized in 1854 in a long forgotten log building. In 1870 they built a frame structure church. In 1912 they built an replacement church that Burned down in 1973. (That church was abandoned in 1954.) The Shiloh United Methodist Church & Cemetery is located about five miles West of Alto, Texas on FM Hwy 752 in Cherokee County. The cemetery is maintained by a preservation group in Alto. The most important person resting in the cemetery is Issac Lee; who has his Historic Marker at his grave. Issac Lee came to Texas in 1828 and settled in San Augustine, then later in the Nacogdoches area. Issac fought in the 1832 Battle of Nacogdoches. He served in the army for the Republic of Texas. In 1870 he moved to a farm ... read more
Shiloh Church & Cemetery Historic Marker
Shiloh Church marker
Shiloh Church marker

North America » United States » Texas » Rusk September 15th 2020

I was coming up from Southern Cherokee County, Texas and turned West on US Hwy 84 and turned North on FM Hwy 347 to the old downtown Dialville. What I noticed for the first time was the Masonic corner-stone. I drove West for six miles on FM Hwy 1910. At the junction of FM Hwy 2138 was the Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church & Cemetery. The Union Grove area was settled just before the US Civil War. In 1887 they organized the Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church. In 1905 land was donated for the church and cemetery. The current church structure was built in 1924. I turned South on FM 2138 to Maydelle, Texas where I made a stop at the Old Cherokee Trading Post. I talked with the historians at the trading post and got ... read more
Dialville, masonic corner stone
Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church
Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church

North America » United States » Texas » Beaumont August 26th 2020

About three days ago a tropical system was supposed to make landfall near the Texas-Louisiana area as a mild Category 1 hurricane (no big deal). About thirty hours ago Hurricane Laura was projected to make landfall as a major Category 3 (cat 3) hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale (a big deal). The people had no time to prepare and a massive mandatory costal evacuation was ordered wisely by the governors of Texas and Louisiana. The main highways heading away from the Gulf of Mexico were packed with vehicles making good their escape from disaster while the getting was good...in multiple traffic jams from hell! Since many people will not get a chance to evacuate, I feel the some people from Texas, and many more people in Louisiana will perish. Cuz of the rotation of the Earth, ... read more
Hurricane Laura
rainfall from Hurricane Laura
wave heights from Hurricane Laura

North America » United States » Texas » Nacogdoches August 15th 2020

This is the start of my August 15, 2020 travel to Southern Cherokee County. I needed gasoline so I stopped at my favorite station on the North side of Nacogdoches to fill up Old Blue. Driving South on Loop 224 I was surprised to find our Trade Days Flea Market open and circled around to get mangos and other tropical fruits from my favorite vendor. He noticed that I had a hard time walking, so he had his assistant carry my purchase back to my truck. Since I was planning to tour Southern Cherokee County, I drove West on Texas Hwy 225 and stopped at the Lake Nacogdoches Scenic Overlook by the dam. Driving Westbound I made a stop at what the locals call the "suicide turn" (where horrible auto wrecks happen) as TX 225 turns ... read more
Trade Days my purchase
Lake Nacogdoches Scenic Overlook
Lake Nacogdoches Scenic Overlook

North America » United States » Texas » Rusk August 15th 2020

Note: This blog is shot on Texas Hwy 1911 West of US Hwy 69, and South of Alto, Texas. Forest, Texas (population few) is about eleven KM WNW of Wells, Texas. According to Wikipedia, in 1847 Wiley Thompson brought his large family and many slaves to his new 636 acre (almost a square mile) home along Larrison Creek and founded the community of Forest in Cherokee County. In the 1870s the Thompson family opened a general store, saloon, a water mill, a gristmill (powered by water), and a cotton gin. The Forest Post Office opened in 1879. The Forest Baptist Church (with school) was established in 1888. In 1922 the Forest school consolidated with the with the Wildhurst School at the nearby Chronister Lumber Company Camp. Then the Forest-Wildhurst School consolidated with the Wells ISD in ... read more
Forest
Forest
Forest

North America » United States » Texas » Rusk August 15th 2020

According to Historic Texas, members of a Baptist Church from South Carolina moved and settled in what became the Sardis Community in Cherokee County in about 1848. In 1854 they organized the Sardis Baptist Church. Their early baptisms happened in the Neches River and also Box's Creek. Little is known about their first Sardis Baptist Church building. The second church structure served as a church and a community school, on the first floor. The Woodmen of the World occupied the second floor. Later a third building was constructed only for church activities. In 1948 the Sardis school consolidated with the Rusk schools; then the congregation moved their church activities (including their worship) in the second building at the former Sardis schoolhouse. Sardis is located eight miles SW of Rusk on FM Hwy 1857. From Rusk I ... read more
North of Sardis
Sardis Community
Historic Marker sign

North America » United States » Texas » Nacogdoches August 1st 2020

Well, the clutch burnt out on Old Blue. The cost of repairs far exceeds the cash value of Blue. It is not RIP yet. Old Blue served me well for 200,000 miles. That includes over 2,000 miles of off-road in the wilderness (back-country) trails of the desert and mountains of Western USA. This includes three trips down the trail of Diamond Creek to the bottom of the Grand Canyon (by way of the Native American Reservation at Peach Springs, Arizona), where I made camp by the Colorado River. We made a good team of man and machine to beat the odds and pass many survival tests on very bad trails where I could not walk out to civilization for help. It is possible that Old Blue could be a Phoenix and rise from her ashes to ... read more
Old Blue locked down
Old Blue going
Old Blue going

North America » United States » Texas » Nacogdoches August 1st 2020

According to TSHA (Texas State Historical Association) Kingtown was named for land developer Alton King who purchased fifty acres on (the North side) the Angelina River in 1943. A residential community was established when King opened a camping area in 1943. In the 1950s he was selling lots for homes. When they damned up the Angelina River creating the Sam Rayburn Reservoir (around 1960) that attracted many new residents and increased the property values. I was driving down Texas FM 226 Southbound and saw a sign for Kingtown. I turned West on Nacogdoches County road 552, following the signs for the Kingtown Landing Liquor Store, passing by a private deer hunting lease on the North side of the county road. note: These free county road maps in East Texas are generally accurate, but sometimes do not ... read more
Kingtown Landing alcohol store sign
Kingtown Landing alcohol store sign
Kingtown Landing turn sign

North America » United States » Texas » Lufkin August 1st 2020

Ewing, Texas, population zero. (All photos were shot on or by US Hwy 103 in Angelina County.) According to TSHA (Texas State Historical Association) Ewing was on the Angelina and Neches River Railroad ten miles SE of Lufkin in Angelina County. The H G Bohlssen Company built a hardwood lumbermill, active from 1920 to 1944. S W Henderson and H G Bohlssen formed that corporation. Bohlssen was crushed to death by a falling stack of lumber in 1923. Bohlssen's widow sold out to Henderson; and the company name was changed to Angelina Hardwood Company. Other major misfortunes including the 1924 fire that destroyed the town. From 1931 to 1933 the sawmill closed due to the Great Depression. The shortage of labor due to World War 2 closed the sawmill. While the sawmill was being dismantled, a ... read more
Ewing small structure
Sam Rayburn Reservoir
Sam Rayburn Reservoir




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