When I need to make a quick trip into town, I have two options. The farm is exactly 7 miles from a town in both directions.
I have written some about the larger of the two towns, showing the Courthouse on the Square. This is another glimpse in the life of Small Town Texas.
Today, I'm going to the smaller town, population 2,500.
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Oh yes, and the all important Country Medical Clinic with our own special Country Doctor. Many mornings you can see her riding her bicycle to work.
The local hardware store, on the main street, is a place where you can buy all your hardware and farm supplies. At the same time, you can also take a look at the Brides Registry if you need to buy a gift for an upcoming wedding. Are you laughing?
That is how it is in small towns...stores usually have duel purposes.
The history of this town, started in 1831, when the Mexican government granted 4,428 acres to the first settlers.
The first train arrived on New Year's Eve of 1873. You can read about the train scheduled to stop last week end, if you click on Train.
Our town has some interesting brick patterns and building designs....
Unchanging over the years, except for the addition of an air conditioner or the occasional television antenna.
You will find doors painted in vivid colors.....
Wooden doors made to last over a century.
Patriotism is widely shown by flying both the American and the Texas State Flag.
It is a town where the shopkeepers, like Mr. B from the hardware store, calls me by my first name....
Enjoy your week end,
I love our beautiful courthouses and small towns! We have favorites that we enjoy visiting-both for the scenery and the great barbeque!ReplyDelete
Hello Jan...Texas does have some interesting courthouses. I especially love the ones in the center of town, with a square around them.Delete
Great post! I feel like I magically flew there for some minutes!ReplyDelete
Thanks for your comment. I was hoping that would be the feeling from the post.Delete
Hello lovely Meggie,ReplyDelete
You live in such a beautiful place, I love small town living. The old buildings and all the history is just wonderful, and the shop keeper knows your name! That's lovely. It looks like you have nice weather there as well, it hasn't stopped raining here for over a week. Lots of love xxx
Hello Emma....We do have our history, just not as much as you do in your country. I know you are having some strong weather now, but we are already dealing with very dry conditions. They call me by my name in all the shops I do business in. It's wonderful!Delete
I love the way every town develops in reponse to its history and the people who live there now. These are lovely pictures. Thank you for posting them. JxReplyDelete
Hello Jan...thank you the comments on my post. I have enjoyed all your UK travel photos and history you have shown on your blog.Delete
I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the snippets of history, thanks Meggie. I particularly like the two beautiful doors...are they fairly typical?ReplyDelete
Hello Elaine...I would say the door are typical. I had so many more photos than I could possibly show in one post. Maybe, I should do a post on doors alone.Delete
Thank you so much for that little trip to town. What a lovely and fascinating place and it looks so clean and litter free and I love the duel purpose shops, I think it's very practical to do this. Suzy xReplyDelete
Hello Suzy....The more I think about the stores with duel purposes, the more I smile about it. There is a store where you can buy beer and also "live" fish bait to use when you go fishing. It is not uncommon to find fresh baked bread for sale on the check-out counter, even sometimes where you buy you gasoline for the car.Delete
Fascinating Meggie! Great idea shops having dual purposes, maybe shops here could do something similar since they are having a tough time of it.ReplyDelete
One of the things that has always struck me whenever we visit the US is how patriotic people are.Citizens are first and foremost American no matter where they originated in the world.
Hi Anne....I think it is a clever way to boost sales. You are right about American patriotism. Many people have a flag flying at their home....I have one on the front porch that waves in the wind.Delete
Nice to hear about your small town and fine pictures.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Elna....it is just a small glimpse of the town life...glad you enjoyed it.Delete
There seems to be some Mexican artistic influence in the decorations on buildings. It looks like a prosperous little town which is wonderful to see when so many small towns are "dying on the vine".ReplyDelete
Hello Ms Sparrow.....The first settlers were of German, Czech, and Austrian origin. German and Czech is still spoken here. The town is still doing great!Delete
It's so interesting how similar small towns are in services. Does it also have a DQ? Was there a certain cultural group that received the land grant? I enjoy seeing and identifying the immigrant cultural touches in the small towns I visit.ReplyDelete
Hi Janet....yes, there is a Dairy Queen. As I relpied to Ms Sparrow, German and Czech is still a huge influence here. Everything from polka music, wonderful sausage, home-made breads, and kolaches.Delete
I love small town living. I remember when my younger brother lived in Texas that there were beautiful courthouses there. It's interesting to see other small towns and I love the old buildings. Thanks for sharing your small town photos!ReplyDelete