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A Texas Heritage Travel Guide

Destinations worth the drive!

Thoughts on Road Trip Travel

I don’t often write first-person accounts of what I’m thinking on a given day. For one thing, I don’t think many people care.¬†Today is the exception. First, I want to explain all¬† the county courthouse posts. These are stories I wrote over a period...

History of Wise County Courthouse in Decatur Texas

The Wise County Courthouse is often compared to another J. Riely Gordon courthouse in nearby Ellis County. These two buildings are much alike and also distinctly different. Both are grand examples of Gordon’s cruciform plan and his use of the Romanesque Revival...

Historic Hood County Courthouse in Granbury Texas

According to the National Register of Historic Places, the Granbury town square is one of the most complete 19th century courthouse squares in Texas. The W. C. Dodson designed Second Empire style courthouse and the surrounding late19th century commercial buildings...

Historic Hill County Courthouse in Hillsboro Texas

The Hill County Courthouse was constructed in 1890 and is the work of noted Waco architect W. C. Dodson. This courthouse burned down in 1993, but the people of Hill County loved it so much that they rebuilt it. County History In 1852 doctor Josephus Murray Steiner and...

City Drug in Jacksboro Texas

The City Drug Store, on the town square in Jacksboro Texas, is a great example of an old fashioned drug store. They do a good business filling prescriptions and selling all the various merchandise sold in an old drug store. They also do a brisk business at the lunch...

Derrick Days in Corsicana Texas

Derrick Days 2009 Celebration in Corsicana Texas From the Corsicana Daily Sun: …Downtown fun begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday night [4/24/09] with a street dance at the corner of Commerce and Beaton Streets… The Derrick Days Parade steps off at 9 a.m. Saturday...

Clown Hamburger in Haltom City Texas

Several years ago, after writing something about the Burger Bar in Cleburne Texas, someone emailed me recommending Clown Hamburgers in Haltom City Texas. I have no idea who it was that recommended Clown Burger to me, but it was a good tip. Clown Burger Clown Burger...

Lampasas Texas History and Trip Guide

County History Before Lampasas County was created, John Burleson, an early settler, deeded land to his daughters, Elizabeth Scott and Martha Moore. After it became popular belief that the spring water in Lampasas possessed healing powers, Elizabeth laid out lots for a...

Big State Drug in Irving Texas

I was in Irving for my niece’s 6th birthday party at Incredible Pizza Company. That put me a few miles from Big State Drug in the Irving Texas Heritage District. The miracle in this story is that I remembered the place was there and that I wanted to go see it....

Frontier Lawlessness in Lampasas Texas

On the west side of the courthouse lawn in Lampasas there are two Texas Historical Commission (THC) markers that tell separate but related tales of the wild frontier days of Lampasas Texas. These markers tell a story of frontier life and justice. Horrell Higgins Feud...

The Old Granbury Light Plant in Granbury Texas

The Old Granbury Light Plant and Water Works, on Brazos Street, was constructed by the Granbury Milling Company in 1903. The Light Plant was sold to the Frisco Railroad two years later, and they ran an ice and light company. Ice was very expensive in the early...