MULE, TEXAS VINTAGE PHOTOS1935/37
Photos courtesy Billie Mayhall Freeman
started school at Gray Mule and my Dad ran the
store there for a short time. I have some photos of the railroad tunnel and also
of the front of the old store and the large brick walls around parts of it. My
sisters and I (there were four of us) are sitting on the wall with three of us
in the crocheted dresses our mother had made for us. There is also a photo of
my Dad standing in front of the store's plate glass window. There is a small part
shown of the Cotton Gin that was owned or run by the Keisling family. Margaret
Keisling married my first cousin. |
We lived beyond Quitaque Creek on a
farm before that then moved into Quitaque
where we four girls all graduated high school, two with honors. The Great Depression
/ "dust bowl days" were just ahead of us and life became much harder
after that. Those days were "The Good Ol' Days."
I love your website and
going down memory lane regarding many
of the old towns that no longer survive in the Texas
Panhandle. Thank you very much." - Billie Mayhall Freeman, Naples,
Florida, September 2010
sisters and I in the crocheted dresses our mother had made for us."
sisters and I (there were four of us) are sitting on the wall."
Dad ran the store there for a short time."
"A photo of my Dad standing
in front of the store's plate glass window."
"The Cotton Gin (background) was owned or run by the Keisling family."
section crew by their quarters.
section house and car.
Tunnel and Section Crew in Snow
"The tunnel is about 2.5 miles SW of the
Gray Mule marker and measures about 1/8 mile
in length. It is now home to hundreds of Mexican free-tail bats (completely harmless)."
- David Higgins of Lubbock, September 2005
of the section crew
of section crew in snow
crew entering tunnel
up of section crew entering railroad tunnel
Billie Mayhall Freeman
Gray Mule was officially named Edgin
as it was at first a place where the trains stopped to put on more water for its
engines which I guess were steam. I am not sure of who started calling it Gray
Mule but it never showed up on maps, and probably neither did Edgin. It was always
called Gray Mule by locals and probably everyone else except the train folks....
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