Thursday, June 30, 2011
This train depot is now the Saginaw Chamber of Commerce. But plenty of trains still go by this old depot, because of the many mills in Saginaw. Picture taken May 28, 2011.
View from Oakwood Cemetery looking over the Trinity River into downtown Ft. Worth, a photo by fables98 on Flickr.
I rarely say this about my first few pictures, but I like this one a lot. My personal favorite part of this shot is the river, which to me ties the cemetery and downtown together. Picture taken June 5, 2010.
Community of Valley Spring, Valley Spring, Texas Historical Marker, a photo by fables98 on Flickr.
This is the marker for the very small community of Valley Spring, located to the northwest of Llano.There are certain markers that I really like a lot, I usually don't have good reasons to explain why but, this is one of them. In fact, I used it as my buddy icon for flickr. Picture taken July 20, 2010 in Valley Spring, Texas.
I can't ellyou much about Alabama's history, but this seemed to be an interesting place. There isn't anything there really anymore other then a small convienence store. It was very pretty, TONS of trees. About an hour north of Birmingham. Picture taken May 1, 2011.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
Sunday, June 26, 2011
I will also continue to work on last year's Labo0r Day set.
This Friday will be my first major trip of the summer and i'm between two places... here is my plan for both, I will have a decision soon.
Possible Trip 1: Take 175 out of Dallas to Jacksonville, then take a short detour to the ghost town of Dialville. Take 84 out of Rusk until you hit highway 96 in Teneha. From Teneha, take 96 south to Jasper, which is where I would stay. I would take pictures along the drive and in Jasper. Places I would visit include Martin Dies Jr. State Park and Lake Sam Rayburn.
Possible Trip 2: Take Interstate 20 (which I learned is actually a very pretty drive, not typical for interstates), until I reach Abiline. Take a lot of pictures in Abiline, visit historic landmarks etc. This is where I would stay. Drive to the historic Buffalo Gap village to take pictures of both historic buildings and scenery. Then drive to Abiline State Park to swim, take pictures, hike, etc. That night visit the well-known Anson Ghost Lights and try and record video if seen. Take some pictures in Anson as well. Also another place I would like to visit is Sweetwater, so I would take some pictures there too.
Well those are my ideas. If you have any input please leave a comment!
Friday, June 24, 2011
This is some machinery from the first factory in Athens. It;s located in a cool road side park that includes some machinery plus 4 markers. Picture taken May 29, 2011.
There isn't much to photograph in Haltom City... it's not exacly picturesque. However these two old motel signs proved my theory that there was nothing to photogrraph wrong, in fact I felt pretty satisfied with what Haltom City offered (I got this some markers and an old theater). Besides, stuff like this is hard to come by in the DFW area. Picture taken June 12, 2010.
Kidd Key College and Music Conservatory, Sherman, Texas Historical Marker, a photo by fables98 on Flickr.
Catching up on a few days I have missed, this is the historical marker for the Kidd-Key College in Sherman, Texas. Photo take on July 4, 2010.
Ok, I will be posting some pics, mostly from last year's Labor Day trip. I'm not 100% sure if I will be going on my next road trip this Saturday or next Friday. I should have made my decision tommorow. Keep following for even more updates!
Thursday, June 23, 2011
I'm not posting any pics for now, and I probably won't until I get back from my next trip. I got a new camera! My old one was starting to take lower quality pics so I decided it was time for an upgrade. It's another Kodak. My old one got stolen so i'm excited to get a new and even better one.
This Saturday I will be going on my first trip of the summer. The stopping point will be Jasper, Texas. I will take pictures along the way to Jasper along with pictures from Lake Sam Rayburn, Martin Dies Jr. SP, and Jasper it self. Hopefully on this trip i'll get quite a few nature and historic pictures. I will start the Picture of the Day series again tommororw. Keep following for more updates.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Pritchett Normal Institute, Pritchett, Texas Historical Marker, a photo by fables98 on Flickr.
This is the marker for the site of the Pritchett Normal Institute in the tiny town of Pritchett. Picture taken October 30, 2010.
Dallas County Records Building, Dallas, Texas Historical Marker, a photo by fables98 on Flickr.
The marker for the building that houses the records for my home county. Picture taken on July 25, 2010.
This is the marker for Historic Curtis Field, about 5 miles north of Brady and about 15 minutes south of the geographic center of Texas. Picture taken July 20, 2010.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
In no particular order...
Highway 180 - Weatherford to Mineral Wells
This was one of my favorite drives of the year. It took me through the country side, past many beautiful bluffs, and through two really cool old towns Weatherford and Mineral Wells, providing many picture taking oppourtunities.
Highway 281 - Minearl Wells to Marble Falls
My favorite drive of the year, this took me through many samll towns, past many historic structures, and into the beautiful Texas Hill Country. Cities it goes through include Hico, Hamilton, Lampasas, Burnet, and Marble Falls.
Highway 290 - Johnson City to Fredericksburg
This highway is probably my second favorite route behind 281. It starts in Johnson City, then goes through historic Stonewall into Fredericksburg. The route is about an hour long. This stectch of highway has the second most amount of wineries in the nation behind Sonoma Valley.
F.M. 965 - Frdericksburg to Enchanted Rock
Now that I think about it, this might be my favorite. I don't know they were all good in there own way! This road felt like a roller coaster ride, going up and down hills the whole 19 mile stretch. Enchanted Rock is one of many rocks/hills/mountains in the area, and the views from both enchanted rock and thoe road are spectacular.
Highway 16 - Llano to Fredericksburg
There is not much to say about this route, just another hill country route with spectacular views. Also, you will pass by a few interesting places such as Oxford Cemetery.
Highway 71 - Spicewood to Llano
This highway was yet another beautiful hill country route, that had A LOT of markers and lots of hills and mountains including historic Packsaddle Mountain.
F.M. 701 - South Bend to Eliasville
From one ghost town to another, this route goes through a few miles of country side,and ends at the historic Donnell Mill in Eliasville.
Highway 16 - Graham to Intersection with 281
Yep, Highway 16 is back for a second time, but this time much further north in a much different landscape. This was a nice relaxing country drive with lot's of markers. I'll take that any day over I-35, Dallas to Lewisville.
Highway 281 - Windthorst to Wichita Falls
Another hill country favorite, just further north. This was a nice country alternative to taking a major highway into a large town. I'm not used to taking country highways into large cities, but it was pretty nice actually.
Highway 240 - Burkburnett to ?
I think this was the first time i've seen a sign say "4 Historical Markers next 4 Miles" (it said something like that). I had never felt so in the middle of nowhere before this. I seriously thought it was some other world. This highway goes through about 6 ghost towns in 10 miles, and I think in that 10 miles I got about 8 markers. Not a bad drive.
F.M. 174 - Windthorst to Bowie
This was another one of those middle of nowhere drives, and it was a really fun one, especially in the evening. It really didn't go through anything but farm land, but it was still a nice drive.
And there you have it, my list of best routes of 2010. Be on the lookout for my 2011 list next year!
Old Mineral Wells Post Office, Mineral Wells Texas, a photo by fables98 on Flickr.
This is the old Mineral Wells post office, located right across from the historic Baker Hotel. Picture taken June 17, 2010.
Rickwood Field, Home of Barons Baseball, Birmingham, Alabama, a photo by fables98 on Flickr.
If you see this old sign, well you must be at Rickwood Field!
Sunday, June 12, 2011
World's Smallest Skyscraper, Wichita Falls, Texas
This tiny building was constructed in 1919 with $200,000 that investors gave to the proposed skyscraper after seeing it's plans. Since they were too busy thinking about money to use common sense, they missed a major flaw.
The architectural plans were drawn out by a Philadelphia scam artist, who drew it out in inches instead of feet. The result is the HUGE skyscraper pictured above, towering 4 stories into the Wichita Falls sky! It's also very wide, 10 foot by 16 foot. Meanwhile those intelligent investors I mentioned earlier, well they couldn't do anything about it, they had already signed the plans. They did get the cost of the elevator back, which was never out in for obviuos reasons. So there you have it, that's how the world's smallest skyscraper came to be.
Friday, June 10, 2011
I still need to finish 175 Roadtrip
I need to start the Glen Rose trip after that
After both of those are done, I will start posting pictures from yesterday's trip to Bonham.
So there certainly won't be a lack of pics anytime soon! Stay tuned for more updates.
This is before we boarded the riverboat to take the Jefferson River boat tour on the Big Cypress Bayou. If you're in Jefferson and have time I highly recommend taking the tour, it was one of the highlights of the trip. Picture taken July 8, 2010.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Everybody's Somebody in Luckenbach! I was actually quite surprised to see how far people have come to visit this true Texas Hill Country town. But know matter how far you've driven/flown to get here, i'm sure most will agree it was worth it.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, Fredericksburg, Texas, a photo by fables98 on Flickr.
This is the historical marker for the Frederickisburg Christan Methodist Episcopal Church.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
Being a huge fan of trains and especially trolley's, this was a very cool find! These uncovered tracks go down the sparsley traveled section of Commerce Street near LaGrave Field. I'm not sure if it was part of Ft. Worth's original streetcar system or part of the interurban.
Voca Waterwheel Mill, Voca, Texas Historical Marker, a photo by fables98 on Flickr.
This is one of the more beat up markers i've seen. Taken on my first hill country trip... a trip on which I saw many markers in bad condition, usually on old country highways. This was taken on July 20, 2011 in Voca, Texas.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
This is one of the many small streams that run through beatiful Railroad Park in downtown Birmingham. My camera was almost in the water for this one! Picture taken: April 29, 2011.