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Olney, TX

It was raining while I was driving through. At the time I took this picture, though, it had dried up some, but the sky was cloudy and cast a dull shadow across the town. I’ve been through Olney before and it’s one of those towns that, again, is off the beaten path.

It’s been more than ten years ago, but I think there is an “Olney, TX” post on this very blog with an image of an arena. That arena is gone. This is why it’s important to take pictures. When I first came on to town from the East side, I was looking for that arena and didn’t see it. Surely I had the right town. It’s been a long time. Get to church. So what if you don’t go to the Baptist church. There’s another down the street. God is Love. Open your Bible and pray. Perhaps due to Covid there is too high of risk or the church is restricting attendance. Ask if they have an online service.

I like taking pictures of churches. Most of the buildings I photograph are the Methodist churches. It doesn’t matter. I drive by any church and pray. I see the image sometime later and am reminded to pray for that congregation, that preacher, no matter who is there.

About that arena. Who has the story?

 
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Posted by on January 4, 2021 in small towns, Texas

 

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Forestburg, TX

What brings me through Forestburg, for it is far off the beaten path, are my travels between Montague and Valley View. Sure, there is a faster way but this is far more interesting. I had never stopped to take pictures before and this was not much of a stop either because it was raining. The images were shot March 14, 2020 about the time the Corona virus wiggled its way into the state of Texas. The rain hindered our geocaching as well, but we captured a few shots as we passed through.

Unsure of the population there right now, it is under 200. Maybe it’s under 100. Who knows except for the citizens there. Although it was raining and some places closed due to Covid, there was activity in town, mostly trucks passing through. I’ve seen this “Forestburg Museum” before in years past and there were more items situated on the porch then. Maybe it was all brought in due to rain.

At the United Methodist Church on 455, the church windows are beautiful. All churches, in my opinion, should have stained glass windows. But they are expensive items and the care and welfare of the church’s members should always come first. But the windows. The windows. Stained glass windows (most of the time) are a picture from the Bible. Look at these above. I’d love to see them on the inside.

There isn’t much to do in Forestburg unless you farm but there are plenty of places to visit in nearby towns such as Valley View, St. Joe, Muenster, Gainesville. Hopefully, on the next trip, the museum will be open.

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2021 in small towns, Texas

 

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Collinsville, TX

It’s where my hair dresser used to cut hair a decade and half ago. She worked in the salon down there on the end on the right side in the first picture. It’s the two story gray building. She was the only one in town, several towns who cut my hair just right and then she retired from clippin’ hair. I’ve always wondered where she ended up. Her name was Cindy. Once in a while (pre-covid), my son and I come down here to Pirate Island for a slice of pizza. The food is/was good but if going at meal time we often waited a while. And this is no significant review of the restaurant. In these small towns where everyone knows everyone else and you aren’t in that mix, you may have to wait quite a bit longer for the servers to chat with the customers who they all know before they get to your table. More than once. But I’ll go back, probably order by phone first if they are still open. This Covid-19 pandemic has changed up business. Next door to the pizza place is Manuelito’s Mexican Restaurant. Fabulous little place and gets busy especially on Sunday’s after church. They are my break from Hacienda, in Whitesboro, who also has a great menu and delicious meals, but when that’s the only place in town, you look for something slightly different and Manuelito’s does not disappoint.

When I shot this picture it was in March when we were all ordered to stay in there were few people roaming the streets. The 377 was busy but it’s the main drag through this town. One can only stay in before going mad and others need to be checked on who are more at risk of colliding with the disasters of this world. There is a cross street down at the end of these string of stores, Hughes. Situated on the south side of the street have been most always a junk/thrift shop or two, an antique store, and if I recall, a small eatery. Was it donuts or catfish? You can find both around these parts. It never fails to run into a friend while browsing through the second hand items in the junk stores. I don’t know why that is but there is always someone I know dropping off or picking up collections of housewares. The things people collect.

Now that I’ve written this, I must return and travel through town to take Collinsville’s blood pressure and learn how it has survived the 2020 pandemic. We pray that businesses have survived, grown, evolved to meet the needs of the community and their citizens. We wish that for everyone. And I’ll have to grab a slice of pizza and a Coke while passing through.

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2021 in small towns, Texas

 

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Little Free Libraries

They are found in many communities. We often find them on our geocache travels. These are the “Little Free Libraries” and according to their website, “there are more than 100,000 registered Little Free Library book-sharing boxes in 108 countries worldwide.”

This one we found in Valley View, Texas on the town square . I don’t think it’s been there very long because I’ve been to Valley View many times and I don’t remember seeing it in previous years. It has a nice collection of books.

While geocaching in March, my boy and I found this Little Free Library below in Childress, TX. It was raining unfortunately so we didn’t want any moisture to get inside so we opted to peak in through the window and not open the door. There are many children’s books in this library.

With Covid menacing our communities, many libraries were closed for a length of time and there are libraries across the nation that have changed their operation. These little libraries are popping up in many places now offering books to read for the community. We find them more frequently.

My boy has a small stack of books that he’s “outgrown” and has said he would like to have a Little Free Library in our own town. I think it is worth pursuing.

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

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Trinidad, Texas

The Trinity River and Belt Line Road come up a lot if you live in North TX.  If anything happens it involves the Trinity River and if you drive far enough you’ll end up at Belt Line and some busy road or you will be on Belt Line for eternity.   Is it the highway to hell or the roadway to Heaven.  Who knows?

If you are driving along the 31 east of Corsicana head toward the start of day you’ll drive right over the Trinity River and find yourself in this little town of Trinidad.  According to Texas Escapes dot com, the town came about before 1840 and as usual there was a railroad.   Surely it had seen some business with river and rail coming together.

On this trip, I drove here purposely to geocache.  West (to the left) of this General Store is a cemetery.   Cemeteries make excellent geocaching locations and it is interesting to look at the names and local countryside in silence.  Then a train comes barreling through the little town of around a thousand people and a few stray dogs.

We found the container we were looking for at the cemetery and explored for a short time on our way toward the east.  And they love their Trojans!

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Posted by on January 11, 2020 in Texas

 

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