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Cave Dwellings

Key West, 2005

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Historic Georgetown

OK kids....It' history lesson time again...
Georgetown Texas, now the county seat of Williamson County Texas, was founded in 1848. It is on the fork of the San Gabriel River and is smack dab a part of The Chisholm Trail. It was named after George Washington Glasscock who donated the land. (I am relieved they used his first name and not his last..) For those of you who found 5th grade history a bore, The Chisholm Trail was one of 3 major routes from Texas through Oklahoma and Kansas that was used to drive Longhorn cattle to railways there. In fact, every September they commemorate this trail drive with a big parade and party. At this time, they recreate the cattle drive by herding many Longhorn steer right through downtown mainstreet...YEEEEEE HAW!!! I tried to talk Den into another trip here, but he just gave me "the look"..
Yesterday we went downtown to the Georgetown Square. They have a renovated courthouse in the middle of the square. Renovation was finished in 2007. Here are a couple photos of the courthouse.. Here is a close up of "Blind Justice" at the top of the courthouse dome...
Georgetown was mainly an agricultural town, whose main crop was cotton. Before it was settled it was home to the Tonkawa indians. In 1921 the town flooded as the river went out of it's banks and they decided to build a dam...and created Lake Georgetown where we are camped.
Georgetown is known for having the best preserved Victorian and pre WWI buildings in the downtown district. Here is another example of the neat architecture...
This next building is called the Dimmit Building ..This building has housed many businesses, including an auto dealership, but the architecture has been preserved and it is on the National Historic Register...
The Texas state flower is the Bluebonnet...and they are in full bloom here..As you can see...
I should mention that Georgetown is one of the top places to retire ...especially due to the climate and afforable housing..The housing is because Del Web has built one of his famous "Sun City" 55 and over communities here. It is just down the road from Lake Georgetown. Speaking of Sr. citizens, here is one of MY favorites....
As you may know, I have a passion for my bird photos..and I have tried a thousand times to get one of the cute little Black Chin Hummingbirds that are frequenting my Hummingbird feeder...I am failing miserably..Here is the only one that is even close to being decent...
Oh well, I will try to do better...Today our weather is cool and sunny..It was terribly windy yesterday and downright cold! Today is suppose to be 70 degrees, and there is not a cloud in the sky, so I may have to sit outside in the sun and read..It's been 1 week since I have done that!!I will blog more later....

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