March 18, 2017

The Wobbly

The Wobbly

How delightful to have friends who love to travel!

Join us on Saturday, April 1, to visit the Galveston Railroad Museum and the latest exhibit on “The Wobbly”. The cost will be an affordable $25 for the day which will include transportation ($15) and admission ($10) to the museum.

Burnet's grave

At Burnet’s grave

There is something about Trinity, Texas, a tiny town East of Huntsville, that creates potent and dedicated partisans. Last year, Donna Coffen, a devoted historian, native of Trinty (what would that be Trinitarian? Trinityite?) and member of the Walker County Historical Commission, suggested a trip to visit the graves of the Texas Presidents.

Thus Historic Tours of Texas was born. I rented a van from #EnterpriseVanRental and eight of us made the trip around the southeastern towns of Texas. We enjoyed the camaraderie, the food, the grave sites, the lectures by local guides (thank you #TomGreen), and the wonderful #FarViewInn at Brenham.

That last night of our tour, a soft rain was falling and the owners of the Far View had projected tiny Christmas lights up into the dark, wet trees. The image was all colored spangles and sparkling crystal in the blackness. Add to that our own Paula Turner who grilled a delicious supper for us while we drank wine in the large cabana beside the pool. Old as we were, we couldn’t help taking a dip in the night-time pool in our skivvies. Don’t tell on us!

Now Donna is at it again. She has discovered an exhibit by Jason Rose of #Rio Grande

Richard Jensen photo

Richard Jensen photo

Explorations.net at the Galveston Railroad Museum. Check out the museum at  http://www.galvestonrrmuseum.com/visitor-information.html.  Mr. Rose is an expert and collector of memorabilia on the Waco, Beaumont, Trinity and Sabine Railway Company of Trinity, Texas. The railroad never reached any town but Trinity. Through lack of funding and insufficient traffic, the small railroad soon fell into disrepair and earned the sobriquet of “Wobbly, Bobbly, Turnover and Stop.” Mr. Rose prefers the title “Whiskey, Beer, Tobacco and Snuff,” but has titled his exhibit at the Galveston Railroad Museum, “TheWobbly.” His website is: wbtsrailway.net. Mr. Rose is, himself, a native of Trinity, and is determined to save the history of the town and the railway for future generations.

Although we won’t be staying overnight on this one-day trip, what a great way to get Historic Tours of Texas off the ground again! We should have our web site www.historictoursoftexas.com started up again soon and planning tours to the Spanish Missions, the German colonies, the Czech Painted Churches, and the Historic Dance Halls of Texas.

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About Caroline Castillo Crimm

Retired Professor Emeritus from Sam Houston State University, interested in writing novels and speaking about topics such as the history of Latin American. Would like to share the AMAZING world of the 18th century in Northern New Spain, that's Spanish Texas and Mexico!

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