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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Picture of the Day: May 31, 2011

This was taken at the breathtaking Guadalupe River State Park. Guadalupe SP goes through some of the prettiest spots in the hill country that this river wind around, making it one of the better paks in the state. Picture taken March 19, 2011.

Weird Texas Part 1: Blue Mound Hill, Haslet, Texas





This is the first in a series of weird Texas blogs I will be posting. This is inspired by the weird things, legends, hauntings, etc. I encounter on my trips, and the awesome book "Weird Texas". Now, here is part 1:





Blue Mound Hill, Haslet, Texas





Blue Mound Hill was a look out spot for a local tribe. The white settlers wanted to use this land for cattle. They were not too friendly... they slaughtered the entire tribe. Legend says that now every full moon at midnight you can see the ghosts of the Indians circling atop the hill, chanting and screaming for revenge. Supposedly the next day ashes will be found the next day from the fire the Indians set in revenge.





While that may just sound like another Texas sized tall-tale, I have done some research with locals, those locals happen to be family members that live right across the street. Though they have never personally witnessed it (because they haven't been out on a full moon to look yet), their daughter says she has seen white mists up there at night when the moon is full. Also it is not rare to hear chanting/ screaming. You could argue that it is a coyote or bobcat, but they know the difference. According to them, this is chanting. WORDS. I have driven by there at night before. While I saw nothing, it was very creepy.


To get to Blue Mound Hill, take either north or south 287 (depending on where you're coming from) and take the Blue Mound Hill Road exit and turn either left or right. Follow until you get to a hill with a white shed on top of it (the one pictured).
Part 2 of Weird Texas coming soon!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Picture of the Day: May 30, 2011


This is the Jack County Courthouse located in downtown Jacksboro. Picture taken: September 4, 2010.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Picture of the Day: May 28, 2011

This is the masonic lodge sign for the Chalk Mountain lodge. Taken March 18, 2011.

Labor Day Weekend Set Updates

Now that i'm done with Birmingham, I have been working on the Rockwall County and Labor Day sets, so i'll be posting quite a few pics from those in the next few days. I had taken some pictures at Ft. Belknap on the Labor Day trip, but i've decided to start a seperate set with those sometime. I will probably take a few pictures somewhere this weekend, not 100% sure where, right now considering Athens the most. Anyway, keep watching this blog for more pics, updates, and more! Have a great Memorial Day weekend!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Picture of the Day: May 27, 2011

This is an old train depot sitting off the side off I-45 in the small town of Trumbull. I go to Corsicana often, meaning I go down this highway a lot, but I hadn't noticed this one until last year, so I made a note to go back to photograph it, which i finally got to. It's pretty interesting, the thought of how there used to be railroad tracks right where the interstate is now, I was kind of able to picture how it may have been years ago. This was taken July 12, 2010.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Birmingham done, what's next?

First off, here is the link to the complete Birmingham set:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/texasmarkers/sets/72157626560904485/

My next major trip will be probably be Route 66 from Oklahoma City east to...? More updates on that soon. I will proabaly have a few pics from short trips until then, and I will upload some recent Ft. Worth pics and continue working on the Labor Day Weekend set.

EDIT: I will also post a set with some Rockwall County pics.

Thanks for looking

Picture of the Day: May 25, 2011

This is looking into the Stockyard in Ft. Worth. Picture taken June 5, 2010.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Picture of The Day: May 24, 2011

HistoricStop, Karnack, Texas by fables98
HistoricStop, Karnack, Texas, a photo by fables98 on Flickr.

This was taken in the early evening in the small town of Karnack. There was absolutley no one anywhere in the city so i took my time to shoot a few more pics than just the marker. Besides, it felt great outside. Picture taken: March 12, 2011

Looking Up

Looking Up by fables98
Looking Up, a photo by fables98 on Flickr.

A personal favorite of mine from Sloss Furnaces.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Parking lot

Parking lot by fables98
Parking lot, a photo by fables98 on Flickr.

Taken in the somewhat creepy parking lot of Sloss Furnaces. This is a personal favorite of mine.

Sloss Furnace, Birmingham, Alabama

This was another cool place on the Birmingham trip, and it's very haunted.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Picture of the Day: May 22, 2011

Places like this are the reason I go on road trips. This historic plaza is located in Decatur, Texas. Picture taken February 12, 2011.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Alabama Theater, Birmingham, Alabama

This is the famous Alabama Theatre located in downtown Birmingham. This was one of my favorite old buildings in Birmingham.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Picture of the Day: May 19, 2011

Enchanted Rock by fables98
Enchanted Rock, a photo by fables98 on Flickr.

This is one of my shots looking from the top of the beautiful Enchanted Rock, in the heart of the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Taken July 18, 2010.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Picture of the Day: May 18, 2011

This is the historical marker for the oldest town in Denton County, Pilot Point. Taken July 1, 2010.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Picture of the Day: May 17, 2011

This is one of the many old depots I saw on my first hill country trip. This one is located in the town of Brady.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Picture of the Day: May 16, 2011

The trail that leads to the quiet and peaceful Smith Cemetery in Lewisville, Texas. You have to walk to it, and it's alittle hidden from the road.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Picture of the Day: May 15, 2011

Lake Texoma from the beautiful Cross Timbers trail, which is known as the best trail in this reigon. Taken on April 9, 2011.

Stone Temple Pilots 4-30-11 Birmingham, Alabama


This is the one good shot I got at the end of the show. I'll post a review soon with some video.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Picture of the Day: May 11, 2011

Rice, Texas by fables98
Rice, Texas, a photo by fables98 on Flickr.

These buildings got destroyed by a fire in the early 1900's...

Railroad Park 18, Birmingham, Alabama

This old building really showed the contrast between the old and new aspects of the park.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Railroad Park 16, Birmingham, Alabama

A personal favorite of mine from Railroad Park.

Picture of The Day: May 10, 2011

Skipping a few days...
This was taken on my hill country road trip last year between Stonewall and Luckenbach. This was the fisrt of quite a few markers that i've seen that have bullet holes.

Updates

Sorry I haven't updated this since I left for the Birmingham trip. Not much new, i'm starting to post my Birmingham pictures so be sure to check those out. I'll post some here too. I am also considering a few new roadtrip ideas for the summer, more on that once I get it more planned.