Category Archives: active retirement

George West, TX (Live Oak County ) – 06/03/2018

The town was founded in 1913 by George Washington West, rancher and civic leader, who secured railroad route through Live Oak County and provided several municipal buildings and plots for others.  It became the county seat in 1919.  It sits … Continue reading

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Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site (Brazoria County ) – 05/05/2018

Following from Texas Historic Commission Pecan orchards, magnolia trees, and generations of Texas history and commerce encapsulate Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site. This property hosted sugarcane production, rum distilling, and oil drilling as it transitioned through families. Varner-Hogg Plantation’s history … Continue reading

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Menard, TX (Menard County ) – 3/31/2018

Menard is the county seat of Menard County.  The town was originally known as Menardville when it was formed in 1858. The county wasn’t organized until 1871.  The railroad arrived in 1911 and asked the town to drop the “ville” … Continue reading

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Ballinger, TX (Runnels County ) – 3/23/2018

Ballinger is the county seat for Runnels County.  It sits at the crossroads of  US Hwy 67 and US Hwy 83.  The closest big town is San Angelo.  We found many wonderful things from WPA era buildings to brand new … Continue reading

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Kickapoo Cavern State Park (Edwards County) – 03/04/2018

To collect Edwards County we did a walk in Kickapoo Cavern State Park north of Brackettville.  We walked the Stuart Cave Cutoff trail.  It was an out and back and it was misting rain.

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Coleman, TX (Coleman County ) – 02/15/2018

Coleman is the county seat for Coleman County.  It is just east of last week’s Coke County.  The county was named for Robert M. Coleman, a signer of Texas Declaration of Independence and a hero of the Battle of San … Continue reading

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Bronte, TX (Coke County ) – 02/03/2018

At long last we are walking another new county.  With the completion of this walk, it leaves me with 42 left.  Coke County is in the central portion of Texas.  Between I-10 and I-20, it is below the Texas panhandle.  … Continue reading

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