Baird – Callahan County

I collected another new county yesterday when we walked in Baird, the county seat of Callahan County.  The walk started at the T&P Depot which is a beautiful building.  Unfortunately it was closed so didn’t get to go inside.

This Texas and Pacific depot, which celebrated its 100th Anniversary in November, 2011, is now both the Visitors Center and a history museum.

This Texas and Pacific depot, which celebrated its 100th Anniversary in November, 2011, is now both the Visitors Center and a history museum.

Replica sign

Old sign looks to have been restored with a new layer of paint.

Candy store.

Lollipop Manufacturer to the World?

Interesting arches.

Interesting arches.

Nice house hidden in the trees.

Nice house hidden in the trees.

Front of the same house.

Front of the same house.

Nice cottage with tower room.

Nice cottage with tower room.

Church

Church

Just a really nice house.

Just a really nice house.

Texas and Pacific Trail mural on the side of the antique store.

Texas and Pacific Train mural on the side of the antique store.

Very nice "Odd Fellows" building.

Very nice “Odd Fellows” building.

Volunteer Fire Department.

Volunteer Fire Department.

1929 Classical Revival Courthouse is the counties 4th.

1929 Classical Revival Courthouse is the counties 4th.

Camp Pecan, C.S.A. Memorial. Camp was 23 miles south of Baird.

Camp Pecan, C.S.A. Memorial. Camp was 23 miles south of Baird.

War Memorial in front of the courthouse.

War Memorial in front of the courthouse.

1936 Centennial Marker near the courthouse steps.

1936 Centennial Marker near the courthouse steps.

Marker to the "Bankhead Highway". The Baird area was the mid-point of the first all weather two lane highway from Savannah, GA. to San Diego, California.

Marker to the “Bankhead Highway”. The Baird area was the mid-point of the first all weather two lane highway from Savannah, GA. to San Diego, California.

Pioneers Marker on the courthouse lawn.

Pioneers Marker on the courthouse lawn.

Eagles that adorn the corners of the courthouse.

Eagles  adorn the corners of the courthouse.

1910 Presbyterian Church.

1910 Presbyterian Church.

Current jail.

Current jail.

Memorial on side of jail.

Information plaque on the side of the jail.

Belle Plain was originally the Callahan County Seat. That is where the jail was originally built in 1878. After railroad bypassed the town, it was moved in 1883.

Belle Plain was originally the Callahan County Seat. That is where this jail was originally built in 1878. After the  railroad bypassed the town, the county seat was moved to Baird.  The jail  was moved in 1883.

The Bear's Den Archway with Silver Bell.

The Bear’s Den Archway with Silver Bell.

Carol trying to tempt the Llama with some grass.

Carol trying to tempt the Llama with some grass.

Ed on the trail.

Ed on the trail.

First United Methodist Church.

First United Methodist Church.

Ross Cemetery Main Entrance arch.

Ross Cemetery Main Entrance arch.

Pavilion Crematorium in Ross Cemetery.

Pavilion Crematorium in Ross Cemetery.

Neat Texas Birdhouse.

Neat Texas Birdhouse.

The Callahan County Hospital was built by the WPA in 1938-1939 in an Art Deco/Art Moderne style to serve the rural population of Callahan County, Texas.

The Callahan County Hospital was built by the WPA in 1938-1939 in an Art Deco/Art Moderne style to serve the rural population of Callahan County, Texas.  It operated until 1966.  The building is currently used by the Texas Department of Human Services. 

 

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3 Responses to Baird – Callahan County

  1. Gypsy Bev says:

    Enjoy these glimpses of the small towns in Texas. The Lollipop Manufacturer to the World made me smile. Perhaps that company would make an interesting story all by itself.

  2. Marie Rogers says:

    I love visiting those small towns with you. Someday I may go there in person.

  3. Good job of capturing rural Texas, as always. I spent last night out in east Texas, so to speak, reviewing my journals from my 1989 10,000 mile solo bike trek around North America. It seems like I spent a lot of time in Texas. 🙂 I plan to redrive the route starting in April in preparation for my next book. –Curt

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