How one pronounces the names of Texas towns depends on what part of the world they come from. I get reminded routinely that how I pronounce a name is just not right. “Where are you from, Missy?” I get corrected pretty quickly. Fortunately my mother-in-law taught me the correct way to say Crowell before I opened up my big mouth to any of the locals moseying around the courthouse lawn.
But what is in Crowell is more important than the regional cadence of language. Well for some maybe. Crowell, Texas is the Foard County seat. And right in the center of town is their beautiful courthouse. It was founded in 1891 and a tornado blew through town in 1942 making a real mess of things.
While we were there, we discovered a large group of teens on the west side of the courthouse built in 1910 in what appeared to be an educational event. You don’t usually find teens conducting themselves in such an organized and well behaved manner on Saturday mornings on the town square unless there is some structured event. These were, I was pleased.
The surrounding structures on the square each have their own personality, most packed with interesting stories just bulging through the cracks in the brick wall. Crowell makes for a nice little pit-stop for there are quite a few places to explore.