20 Years of Texas Stories and Photos
On the occasion of our 20th anniversary of publication we
would like to thank the hundreds of contributors who have shared
their memories, remembrances and experiences of Texas. Our deepest
gratitude to our longtime contributors
dedication and for allowing us to share their efforts with our readers.
We enter our 21st year with enthusiastic anticipation for stories
and photographs we have yet to share.
John Troesser and Kate Wong Troesser, Editor and Webmaster
Texas Escapes - online since 1998
We are a husband
and wife team / staff of two. John Troesser is the editor, writer
and photographer while Kate is the webmaster.
Escapes is a labor of love of two people, who happen to be fascinated
by just about everything that was or is Texas, just about every
place in Texas, and who have a driving passion to share Texas with
Our visits to Texas
towns and ghost
towns lead us to a Texas
we never knew existed. Every town had at least one fascinating story
or two - if not 50. We decided to tell the stories of EVERY TOWN
in Texas and take it a step further by illustrating the stories
with both historical and contemporary images.
Telling the story of a town touches people in ways we could not
anticipate. A story of a West Texas ghost town brought letters from
three generations of citizens. We started getting letters from servicemen
homesick for the towns they once couldn't wait to leave. We heard
from people who remembered the importance of friendship during the
Great Depression - and a woman who remembered watering a lone mesquite
tree in her bare broom-swept West Texas yard.
These moving memoirs preserve personal history that would otherwise
have been lost. These memories are collected in TE as part of our
repository of the living history of Texas towns. Telling
the story of EVERY town and showing the images, past and present,
became our mission.
- We met people with fascinating tales of their hometowns. Stories
that no one now has time to hear. The need to record these stories
is paramount. When the storytellers are gone, they take their stories
with them. Recording their stories became
| WWI Chronicles
: The real stories about the sailors, soldiers and marines that
everyone in the war movies called "Tex." Stories that all too often
didn't have a happy ending. Stories of high school classes enlisting
en mass - and of heroes returning one at a time.
Telling their stories became our mission.
Texans are often extraordinary personalities masquerading as everyday
citizens. TE is devoted to recording the stories of local people
who have exhibited the quiet virtue of character.
Our research takes us to many cemeteries. A society cannot call
itself civilized if it does not honor the final resting places of
its antecedents. With our expanding coverage we join forces with
others in their efforts to preserve and protect the state's scattered
and neglected cemeteries.
This became an important part of TE. Buildings were the dreams of
our ancestors in brick and mortar and the demolished
architecture alone is strong inspiration to record what's left.
Presenting images of Texas' unique architecture,
and telling its stories, became our mission.
| Forum :
Towns, people, history, and architecture are
all threads in the Texas tapestry. Sharing stories and images, and
providing a forum for those with stories to tell and images to record,
that too, became our mission.
Authorities in their respective
fields share their knowledge with their contributions. Readers
open their family albums and share their stories. If you have
information, stories or images to share, please contact
tell the stories of every Texas town.
examine and explore Texas architecture (to 1950).
record the living history and images of Texas, and
put this information in a format that's accessible and available
Updated January 2, 2004
© John Troesser
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