Monday, June 30, 2008
Ok, it's not really that odd. I just wanted to give Rogers Wildlife Rehab Center another spot of publicity. If you look closely, the center bird has a badly damaged wing that does make him/her differently abled, but not odd. At least not at this place! If you want to see more of the story about these wonderful people who rescue and rehab our feathered friends, please see below and see my Gun Barrel City Daily photo blog. And my Bird's Eye View blog.
For more Odd Shots this Monday, click on over to Katney's Kaboodle.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
See more photos and more of the story at my other sites, Gun Barrel City Daily Photo and Bird's Eye View.
Most of the photos will be at Bird's Eye View, since City Daily Photo asks us to limit daily postings! See more Camera Critters over at Misty Dawn's!
Saturday, June 28, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Check out another of Zach's shots on my Gun Barrel City Daily Photo site and click on over to Misty Dawn's to see more Camera Critters.
And let me know if you think Zach should start CDPB in his hometown!
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Corsicana is home of Richland-Chambers Reservoir...another in the series of reservoirs supplying Tarrant County Water District (my other CDP blog is about Cedar Creek Reservoir).
This shot is just one section of the spillway. I just liked the angles and action. Hope you do, too.
Click on over to TnChick's site for more Photo Hunt: Water photos.
Friday, June 20, 2008
Stepped out of our Waco office for a minute yesterday and saw this incredible (at the time) VERY STRAIGHT LINE in the sky. Ran back inside to get my camera. Tried to do a quick Stitch Photo series. In less than a minute the sky changed from the first photo here (shots 1 & 2 stitched together) and the 2nd (which would have been shot 3). And after all that, we only 1/10" of an inch of rain!
Head on over to WiggersWorld to see more Sky Watch Friday! Photos.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
HISTORY OF CORSICANA, TEXAS. Corsicana was established in 1848 to serve as the county seat of newly-established Navarro County. José Antonio Navarro, a hero of the Texas Revolution, after whom the county was named, was given the honor of naming the new town; he suggested Corsicana after the island of Corsica, the birthplace of his parents. David R. Mitchell, an early area settler, donated 100 acres for a townsite, and with the assistance of Thomas I. Smith, platted the land and began selling lots. The new town was centered near a log tavern built in 1847 and owned and operated by Rev. Hampton McKinney.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Noticed there was suddenly a lot more equipment and activity behind the Corsicana Visitor's Center lately and did a quick Google search. Here's what I found:
From the website of Railway Track and Structures:
UP rail work getting under way near Corsicana, Texas
Crews from Union Pacific got started June 2 on a railroad tie and crossing replacement project through Corsicana, Texas, local newspapers report. Preliminary work done in May prepared several crossings through Corsicana for the replacement work. Crews are working on track and crossings from Corsicana to Grosebeck as part of a $4.7-million improvement project, according to UP spokesman Mark Davis.
Over 100 crewmen from throughout the Southwest are taking part in the work in the area. Cars, trucks and campers filled parking areas in the vicinity of the Union Pacific station near Seventh Avenue and Beaton Street over the weekend as they arrived to start work.
“There are 32,000 railroad ties and about 28,400 tons of rock to be placed,” Davis explained. The work is part of a system-wide improvement plan through the 23 states that Union Pacific operates in, he added.
Approximately 10 crossings in Corsicana will be rebuilt in the work. In May, crews removed large metal plates at the crossings and filled in the gaps with blacktop.
Davis said all the crossings should be returned to normal by August. The rail tie replacement should be completed by the end of June, he said.
Anyone who's ever driven through Corsicana knows we have a LOT of railroad crossings and chances are very good that they spent time parked at one of them. I know I have!
Head on over to Mrs. Nesbitt's to see more ABC Wednesday posts!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
This bell tower has been erected in memory and in honor of those who once lived or worked here. The low brick wall around the tower has placques honoring some of them. It is on the grounds of the buildings I posted a few days ago.
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
There are still several buildings on the site and other memorial markers that I will post at a later date. Below is the text from the Historical Marker above.
TEXAS HISTORIAL COMMISSION MARKER, PLACED IN 1977
IN 1885 THE GRAND LODGE OF TEXAS, INDEPENDENT ORDER OF ODD FELLOWS, FOUNDED THE I.O.O.F. WIDOWS AND ORPHANS HOME, ONE OF THE FIRST FRATERNAL ORPHANAGES IN THE STATE. CORSICANA LODGE NO. 63 AND OTHER LOCAL CITIZENS GAVE 200 ACRES AS A SITE FOR THE FACILITY. ON APRIL 26, 1886, THE CORNERSTONE FOR THE FIRST PERMANENT BUILDING WAS LAID. ONLY ONE CHILD WAS RESIDING HERE IN 1891, BUT ENROLLMENT AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT SOON INCREASED.
THE HOME BECAME A SELF-CONTAINED COMMUNITY WITH IT’S OWN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT, FARM AND DAIRY, POWER PLANT AND WATER SUPPLY. ABEL RICE AUDITORIUM, BUILT IN 1911, WHEN ENROLLMENT WAS OVER 300 CONTAINED A SWIMMING POOL AND GYM, AND HOUSED THE FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT SPONSORED BY THE REBEKAH LODGES. THIS INSTITUTION ALSO SERVED AS A HOME FOR THE AGED FROM 1905 UNTIL A SEPARATE FACILITY OPENED IN ENNIS IN 1928.
AFTER PEAKING AT NEARLY 400 IN THE 1920S, ENROLLMENT DROPPED SHARPLY IN THE 1930S AND 1940S. THE SCHOOL CLOSED IN 1943, AND STUDENTS BEGAN ATTENDING CORSICANA PUBLIC SCHOOLS. CAMPUS BUILDINGS WERE MODERNIZED IN A 1940 “RECONVERSION PROGRAM”. RENAMED IN 1948, THE ODD FELLOW AND REBEKAH CHILDREN’S HOME HAS PROVIDED CARE FOR OVER 5500 PERSONS.
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Monday, June 2, 2008
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Dee's Place has achieved celebrity, of sorts.
Segments have been done on the shop by Leeza Gibbons with PM Magazine, Jeff Crilley of Fox 4 News, Doug Fox with Channel 8, and Channel 11, with their "Tank of Gas" series. Bill Clinton and Al Gore stopped by, and Phil Gramm and his wife ate lunch at the counter. Two Hollywood talent scouts stopped in, along with various ones from Las Colinas. Dee's Place was an alternate site for the filming of a Bonnie and Clyde movie, it is registered with the Texas Film Commission in Austin, and it was the filming site for a documentary on capital punishment by a Swiss film crew.
But what about Dee himself?
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