just wanted to thank you on your wonderful and excellent site. I have
been glued to it for a few day's now and I do believe it will take
me a week or more to get through all
the towns and history! It's really fabulous to find a site dedicated
to your great state of Texas. The history
of many of the communities is sad in some cases and in others, it
can be very inspiring.
What made me really comment was seeing that beautiful old Victorian
in Brazoria, Texas
and what is left of it now. What a shame! It just makes me want to
weep. Here in Montana and especially here in Helena, where I live,
we went through a period of Urban Renewal as they liked to call it
in the early 1970's. I was just a kid at that time, but I remember
seeing all these beautiful old gothic Victorian buildings being torn
down for no reason that I could figure and actually crying over it.
I would ask my mother why they were doing this and she could barely
tell me as it made her so emotional too. Now, our city regrets the
decision they made back then and our once thriving downtown is completely
dead. This, in a town of about 45,000 people! It's sad to go down
there and remember how it was and I think that's what most people
do, so they end up avoiding going down there since it's so terribly
depressing now. Of course, we still have many, many historical, beautiful
and one of a kind buildings and houses left, but it will never be
what it used to.
going through your site, I think it's great that you've included the
photo's of what once was and in some cases still is, so that younger
folks and other people can see what beauty still exists and what beauty
was once there in some of these old towns. I have only visited your
beautiful state once and it was a trip where we had to just pass through
basically. One day I and my brother who is a historian like me, will
take a trip to Texas again and use this
site and the books that are available on it so we don't miss a thing!
We especially love exploring old
Thanks again for such a wonderful site and all of the effort you have
put into it. History is indeed very important and I hope our school
children and their teachers will all realize this and use sites like
this to learn more about their country and their surroundings. You've
done wonderful work here.
Brian J. McIntyre
Helena, Montana, September 17, 2011
They Shoe Horses, Don't They?
17, 2011 column