Sunday, March 14, 2010

Palo Pinto, Texas

Yesterday, I journeyed to Palo Pinto, which is about two hours east of Dallas. The purpose of the trip was to attend an aunt's memorial service. Her husband passed away many years ago, and was laid to rest in this little country cemetery in the town where he grew up. Aunt Alyce joined him yesterday. It was a windy, crisp March day, and a small crowd of family and friends celebrated her life, as her ashes were buried next to her husband. Afterwards, in true Texas fashion, the ladies of the First Baptist Church of Palo Pinto hosted a lunch for all of us.

I also drove through nearby Mineral Wells, and took a few photographs of the old Baker Hotel. The hotel was built in the 1920's, and drew quite the Hollywood crowd, who came for the "healing" waters and the spas. It's been empty a long time, but you can still see the fine bones and elegant lady that she once was. I read where the hotel was the first "skyscraper" to be built outside a major metropolitan area in the United States. It's hard to believe that this building had 450 guest rooms, a bowling alley, and a beauty shop way back when!

Texas has such an amazing history. I enjoy taking the opportunity to check out as much as I can. Thanks for following along!

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