I had been in El Paso, TX working since early October. My October posts from the 8th, 13th, 20th, & 21st detail some of my adventures. On October 26 Fran flew into El Paso to meet me after my job was completed.
The following morning of the we bade El Paso good-bye and began a long drive to Austin, TX almost 600 miles away. We were traveling there to see our son Jonathan and our daughter-in-law Rebecca. They are pregnant with their first child, and our 3 rd grandchild.
I-10 from just south of El Paso to where we got off at Hwy 290 posts an 80 MPH maximum vehicular speed. There are places here and there where the speed is cut because of construction, but otherwise 80 MPH really helps to eat up the highway.
Once on Hwy 290 our route to Austin was via Fredricksburg, TX. Fredricksburg was originally settled by German immigrants and seems to be a very interesting town. It has bed and breakfast inns, antique stores, artisans, quaint shops and wineries. The town center is well maintained, and mostly up to date based on an early 20 th century Texas architecture. Fredricksburg obviously caters to tourists and day-trippers from other areas. I took no photos of this nice town, but I intend to do so on another more extended visit.
Sunday, while Rebecca worked and Jonathan studied for school Fran and I drove to Izoro, TX. While in Izoro I shot photos of the famous Texaco Station. The station is closed and has been for a few years. It was built sometime in the 1920s to 1940s and still has the sparse utilitarian look of that time. In Southern California places like this mostly disappeared in the 60s & 70s, but Izoro is a bit off the beaten track. I’ve wanted to shoot photos of this place ever since I saw it for the first time about 3 years ago. Now I was finally in Texas with a camera. Unfortunately, in the last year or so a fence appeared around the property to protect it from animals and potential vandals.
Here are a couple of shots. The weather was glorious. From the top of a nearby hill we could see for miles.
From Izoro we drove down to the Lampasas County Courthouse in the center of old downtown Lampasas. Many of my Texas friends hail from Lampasas and I decided it was time to show the courthouse.
The courthouse was built from 1883-1884. The architect was a fellow named Wesly Clark Dodson. The style is a blend of second empire meaning French during the 1850s and 1860s, and Italian influences. The building has a clock tower, arched windows and a mansard roof.
The courthouse is very stately, very photogenic, and something the residents can be proud of. It is also listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The first state meeting of the Daughters of the Texas Republic was held in this courthouse. I am told one of the rooms or courtrooms has been fully restored to an 1880s or 1890s period.
And now one final photo for the day!
Later this day Fran & I were walking about when we saw this sign. As most of my Texas friends are somewhere to the right of Genghis Kahn this sign should be of great interest to them.
About 4 more posts of our trip home are coming including Geronimo’s grave.