Will and Karla Beauchamp of Tuleta,
Texas both descend from ancestors who planted cotton.
Willís father also taught Texas history in nearby Pettus, Texas.
The apple doesnít fall from the tree and Will discovered early on
that he had inherited the history gene.
Mr. Beauchampís own words: ďI started out collecting antique bottles
in my youth in the Tuleta
area of South Texas.
My father teaching history just fueled my desire to collect historical
items, especially from South
Texas. I then started collecting cotton gin postcards. Almost
every town in Texas
had at least one cotton gin and many had several. Before and after
the Civil War many Southerners migrated to Texas.
The families were so big that most farms were self-sufficient. Many
cotton farmers who knew nothing else found that cotton
didn't grow very well in some regions.
years ago I caught the bridge craze. The story of the old Texas
bridges is similar to the fate of the gins. Almost all of them
are gone now and it's a history that some of us want to save. I
thought that by sharing my collection with Texas
Escapesí readers, it would reach a much larger audience than
it would stuck away and only seen by a few.Ē