Saturday's drive west on U.S. 90 was all new territory for us. We passed through Hondo, D'Hanis, Sabinal, Knippa, Uvalde, and arrived in Brackettville around 3:45 p.m. Our friends Kit and Jerry live near Brackettville and we were curious about the area.
Brackettville originated as a stage stop on the "Lower Road" to California. Upon our arrival in town, we saw old buildings and checked them out. The largest and most well preserved was the Kinney County Courthouse below.
|Kinney County Courthouse, Brackettville,Texas|
|Empty Saddle statue|
|Ft. Clark guardhouse.|
|Old U.S. mail wagon.|
Below is the Quartermaster Workshops building (1892). Inside were shops for wheelwrights, farriers (horseshoe repairers), wagon repairs, and early motor vehicle maintenance. Another use of the building by the 2nd Cavalry Division, from 1943-1944, was a four-lane bowling alley.
|Quartermaster Workshops, 1892.|
|New Cavalry barracks (Seminole Hall), 1932|
|Quartermaster Storehouse, 1892. Largest building on post.|
|Officers' Club, Dickman Hall, 1939. See plaque below.|
The spring-fed, 100x300 ft. pool was the largest on any post in the Army. Built by the WPA.
|Los-Moras-Spring-fed swimming pool, 1939.|
After we finished driving past officer's quarters, former hospital and the old tennis courts, we headed toward a residential development where a number of Rvers have settled. Their property consists of a huge covered garage for their RV with room to park golf carts, additional vehicles or even provide covered space for a hot tub. Adjacent to the garage is a small home. The area looked very inviting in some places.
|Tom turkey struttin' for the ladies.|
About 10:45 p.m., nature's show started. At first thunder rumbled in the distance. The thunder increased in volume until it boomed and cracked directly overhead.
I opened the rear blinds in the 5er (fifth wheel trailer) and watched the show, becoming increasingly alarmed. So much lightning streaked across the sky and for so long, it looked like daytime. As I watched, I saw a huge lightning bolt streak down across the street. I did not see where it hit. My concern grew because we have a very tall tree about one foot away from our living room slide. Luckily the lightning did not hit it! The thunderstorm raged for quite a while and torrential downpours accompanied the thunder and lightning. It was very exciting and nerve-wracking.
So ended another day. I leave you with two parting shots.
|Is this the end?|
Travel Bug out.