photos courtesy Ruben R. Hernandez
courtesy Cheryl Thompson-Draper Rochester
courtesy Barclay Gibson
Ghost on Highway 281 by C.F. Eckhardt|
"...About a year and
a half later John was in the old Jailhouse Barber Shop in Blanco, and he mentioned
seeing the guy with the knife alongside 281. "Oh," somebody said, "you saw Lackey's
ghost." ... As it turned out, John wasn't the only person who'd seen Lackey trying
to hitch a ride north toward Johnson City. A lot of people were aware of him.
Truckers don't like to drive that stretch on fall nights..."
Antonio's Blue Book by C.F. Eckhardt
'The Blue Book.' Those three
words stir up quite an image among those who delve into the more esoteric history
of 19th and early 20th Century America. 'The Blue Book' is the legendary directory
of a city's 'red light' district....
Ranger's Creek of Gold by C.F. Eckhardt|
In the first chapter of
what was the treasure-hunter's bible for many years, J. Frank Dobie's CORONADO'S
CHILDREN, there is a story called "The Rangers' Creek of Gold." Dobie told this
tale as 'once upon a time a long time ago in a land far away.' Yet in the story
there are, if you read it critically, enough clues to tell you what time of year
it occurred, where in Texas it occurred, approximately what year it occurred,
and the exact location of the creek of gold.
Dish of Texas by C.F. Eckhardt|
con carne is the national dish of Texas. It was invented in Texas by Texas natives-literally-and
it's made right only in Texas...
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