Monday, November 20, 2017

Tuesday Treasures

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2003 - Flint TX

I came across more memories the other day.

I had typed up this story about our keys getting locked in our car. Click on the image for a bigger picture.

We stayed a week in Flint.
The town was named for Robert P. Flynt, a local landowner but the post office began operations in 1887 under the spelling "Flint" when postmaster Charles B. Brown misspelled the name on application forms.

Crossing the county line to Lake Palestine. Yup, it's Friday night.

We did a lot of sightseeing.

At 67 feet tall (on a 10-foot-tall base) statue is named "A Tribute to Courage." Sam Houston, celebrated political architect of Texas, towers in concrete above Interstate 45 near Huntsville, with walking cane and snappy duds of a 19th century statesman (though he could also be mistaken for a statue of P.T. Barnum).
Stupendous Sam is touted in attraction literature as the second largest freestanding statue in the U.S.

Jefferson TX is nestled in the Piney Woods Region.

Jefferson Saloon

So the saloon does sell drinks, if you hand over identification and sign a form to ''join'' the establishment's ''private club,'' a practice common in Texas' nominally dry areas.


First time for me to San Antonio, John had been on business. Since then we've been to SA several times.

Earlier this year (2017) we were in San Antonio and were surprised to see that the hotel we stayed in was close by. Riverside Plaza.

The Alamo, revisited in 22017.

Riverwalk hasn't changed much.


Mi Tierra in Market Square 2003.

Mi Tierra 2017

Shreveport LA

Huddie Ledbetter, better known to the music world as “Lead Belly” was from Mooringsport, La. and was accomplished musician. He could play the guitar, the accordion, mandolin and piano. His music still has a great influence on some of the greatest artists of today.

Corner of Texas and Louisiana.

One A Day

September 2017 - Rapid City SD

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Monroe served in the Continental Army from 1776-78 and rose to the rank of major. He crossed the Delaware with George Washington and fought in the Battle of Trenton. Two major developments during Monroe's presidency were the Missouri Compromise (1820) and the Monroe Doctrine (1823). Along with Theodore Roosevelt’s Roosevelt Corollary and Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Good Neighbor policy, the Monroe Doctrine is still an important part of American foreign policy. He was known to be a very cordial man, a man of charming demeanor who always carried a cane. He is shown tipping his top hat wishing passers by a "good day." He is believed to have begun the politician's custom of kissing babies to charm his constituents.


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September 2017 - Nebraska

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Monday Mural

I'm linking up at Monday Mural hosted by Oakland Daily Photo.

November 2017 - Wytheville VA

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This mural shows scenes from Edith Bolling Wilson's life from Wytheville to the first lady of the White House.

The Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace historic site, or The Bolling Building, is the childhood home of Edith Bolling (Galt) Wilson, First Lady to President Woodrow Wilson from 1915–1921. The Bolling Building is the earliest remaining brick commercial building in downtown Wytheville.

Edith Bolling was born October 15, 1872 in Wytheville, Virginia to circuit court judge William Holcombe Bolling and his wife Sarah "Sallie" Spears (née White).Edith was a descendant of settlers who came to Virginia early in the British colonization of the Americas.Through her father, she was a direct descendant of Pocahontas, the daughter of the chief of the Powhatan tribe of Native Americans and her husband John Rolfe, one of the earliest English settlers of Virginia and the first man to cultivate tobacco as an export crop.Rolfe's granddaughter, Jane, married Robert Bolling, a wealthy planter and merchant. Edith's great-grandmother was a sister to Thomas Jefferson and she was also related to Martha Washington and Robert E. Lee.

While visiting her married sister in Washington, D.C., Edith met Norman Galt (1864-1908), a prominent jeweler; they married on April 30, 1896 and lived in the capital for the next 12 years. In 1903 she bore a son who only lived for a few days, and the difficult birth left her unable to have more. In January 1908 her husband died unexpectedly at the age of 43. Edith hired a manager to run the business and lived sparsely until she managed to pay off its debts.

Edith was one of the first women to drive a car.

In March 1915, the widow Galt was introduced to widower U.S. President Woodrow Wilson at the White House by Helen Woodrow Bones (1874-1951), the president's first cousin and official White House hostess since the death of Ellen Wilson, the president's first wife. Wilson took an instant liking to Galt and his admiration grew swiftly into love.

Complicating matters were rumors that Wilson had been cheating on his first wife, or that he and Galt had actually murdered the First Lady. Distressed at the effect all this might be having on his fiancée, Wilson offered Mrs. Galt the opportunity to back out of their engagement. She replied that she would stand by him not for duty, pity or honor, but for love. Edith also insisted on postponing the wedding until the end of the official year of mourning for Mrs. Wilson.

Wilson married Galt on December 18, 1915 at her home in Washington, D.C.

Foto Tunes

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme. 

November 2017 - Georgia

Georgia On My Mind

One a Day

September 2017 - Rapid City SD

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40. Ronald Reagan

Ronald Reagan was sculpted in western attire to illustrate the passion he had for working on his ranch. The 40th President stands on the corner of 6th St. & St. Joseph St. Reagan was born in Tampico, Illinois and attended Eureka College where he studied economics and sociology, played on the football team and preformed on stage in school productions. After spending some time as a radio sports announcer, he was awarded a movie contract. Ronald Reagan would eventually star in 53 films over the span of two decades. Reagan served as Governor of California and won the Republican Presidential nomination in 1980 before defeating Jimmy Carter in a landslide election victory. Reagan was shot by a would-be assassin just 69 days after he took office. Thankfully, he managed a speedy recovery. Reagan's Presidential achievements include an overhaul of the tax code and a number of foreign policy victories.

Sculptor: James Michael Maher

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04 Madison
06 Adams
08 Van Buren
09 Harrison
10 Tyler
11 Polk
14 Pierce
15 Buchanan
16 Lincoln
17 Johnson
18 Grant
19 Hayes
20 Garfield
22 Cleveland

24 Cleveland
25 McKinley
26 Roosevelt
27 Taft
30 Coolidge
32 Roosevelt
33 Truman
34 Eisenhower
36 Johnson
37 Nixon
38 Ford
39 Carter
41 Bush Sr.

43 Bush Jr

Shadow Shot Sunday

Shadow Shot Sunday

August 2017 - Toronto ON

On University Avenue outside the Canadian Military building.

inSPIREd Sunday

November 2017 - Wytheville VA

Wytheville’s Smallest Church is a tiny attraction with big faith. As one of America’s smallest churches, the site has become popular for visitors. The 12×16 space was constructed by Brian Wolford after he realized how close he felt to God in a small space. The church has a Godly mission to allow the same peace, solace, and faith to anyone who passes by.