All posts by: Caroline Castillo Crimm

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!
August 24, 2018

Bats in the Belfry—or Not

Who knew? I got to go on a FAM! A what?   Last evening, thanks to the lovely and cheerful @VickyClakley, I was invited to join five members of the #ProfessionalTourGuideAssociationofHouston #PTGAH (how does one pronounce that?) to visit the Waugh Bridge Bat Colony in downtown Houston for a FAM tour. That, it seems, now […]

August 22, 2018

Mexican Independence

Mexican Independence and what does that have to do with The Spanish Missions tour? It occurred to me, after sharing the wonderful #BattleofMedina symposium with the many friends from #AtascosaCounty, that #MexicanIndependence day was probably not celebrated in San Antonio until long after 1821. In particular, those who might be tempted to celebrate September 16th […]

August 15, 2018

Best Spanish Missions tour in Texas! I guarantee it!

Now is your chance to be part of San Antonio’s 300-year-old history. Even if you have seen the missions before, this year is a unique opportunity to learn more than you ever thought possible on our Spanish Missions tour. Check out our new web site This is the 300th anniversary of the founding of […]

July 29, 2018

The Historic Veranda Inn

At 7:00 am, it’s cool here on the porch of the Veranda Historic Inn in equally historic Fort Davis where I have parked myself to type this morning’s blog. It’s something in the neighborhood of 60 degrees. Pleasantly chilly after leaving muggy, hit-you-in-the-face 100 degree temperatures in Houston. We expected it to be boiling hot […]

July 27, 2018

Everything you ever wanted to know about Amtrak

It’s a whole new world out here on the rails. And no, the train is not about to disappear in railroad blues, as the song would have it. There are an increasing number of routes run by Amtrak, although there are no other passenger lines. Considering the increasing number of retirees looking for places to […]

July 27, 2018

All Aboard!

We rock along gently, lurching occasionally, the metal of the train’s undercarriage rattling and groaning, each car jerking as though to separate itself from the rest, the whistle hooting far ahead as we come to crossings.  A rising sun slants in through the overhead windows of the Lounge car where I sit to write. The […]

July 24, 2018

Missions can be Tours Too There is a lovely little church in Corpus Christi with a lovely name, Our Lady Star of the Sea. It sits almost alone, tucked away just north of the Aquarium across the big bridge and surrounded by the construction of the even bigger bridge. I knew it was there, and […]

June 6, 2018

The Foundations

I found this Blog from two years ago.  This was the foundation of Historic Tours of Texas. It was my friends, Teresa Cazort and Lolita Cardenas, who put these thoughts in my head. Nothing like having good friends to help out! Over the years I have led tours of teachers or students to various sites […]