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[Ship "Inagua Sound" Being Launched into Water]

[Ship "Inagua Sound" Being Launched into Water]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of a large ship, "Inagua Sound", being launched into water, creating a big splash. Several men watch from a nearby boat in the background. The ship was built for the West India Shipping Company.
Contributing Partner: Heritage House Museum
The Texas Historian, Volume 51, Number 1, September 1990

The Texas Historian, Volume 51, Number 1, September 1990

Date: September 1990
Creator: Texas State Historical Association
Description: Journal published by the Texas State Historical Association containing articles written by members of the Junior Historians about various aspects of Texas history.
Contributing Partner: Texas State Historical Association
"CRAZY" WATER CRYSTALS PLANT

"CRAZY" WATER CRYSTALS PLANT

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: This photo shows an easterly view of the "Crazy" Water Crystals Plant, the Water Tower, and Crazy Water train cars on the train track adjacent to the Plant. Mineral Wells, Texas
Contributing Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library
Oxen Hauling Cotton to Market

Oxen Hauling Cotton to Market

Date: 1911
Creator: unknown
Description: Black and white copy print of an ox-drawn wagon transporting cotton to market. Two men, identified as Hans Rasmussen and Ernest Recane, are riding atop the wagon and steering the oxen. Behind them is a two-story building with a veranda upstairs. A sign affixed to a beam of the building reads, "Photo Gallery."
Contributing Partner: Danish Heritage Preservation Society
[Community Public Service (for Hallman) #1]

[Community Public Service (for Hallman) #1]

Date: c.1950 - 1959
Creator: Blewitt, William
Description: Distant view of warehouse
Contributing Partner: Bosque County Historical Commission
Newspaper Ad

Newspaper Ad

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: Copy negative of a newspaper ad from J.D. Moore Transfer and Storage in Abilene, Texas. The advertisement addresses the Hilton Hotel and the moving service provided by the company. There is a drawing of a J. D. Moore Storage truck and an image of a hotel.
Contributing Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library
[Community Public Service (for Hallman) #3]

[Community Public Service (for Hallman) #3]

Date: c.1950 - 1959
Creator: Blewitt, William
Description: Outside, back view of metal building showing three overhead doors.
Contributing Partner: Bosque County Historical Commission
[Community Public Service (for Hallman) #2]

[Community Public Service (for Hallman) #2]

Date: c.1950 - 1959
Creator: Blewitt, William
Description: Interior view of loading dock; scale on dock
Contributing Partner: Bosque County Historical Commission
[Unloading Grain From Box Cars]

[Unloading Grain From Box Cars]

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: This picture depicts men unloading grain from box cars at the Mineral Wells railroad yards into horse-drawn wagons. During the days if the Great Depression years of the 1930's, grain and cotton were the principal cash crops of farmers around Mineral Wells, and Mineral Wells' WMW&NW Railroad was a prime shipper of the crops to market. This photograph is featured on page 92 of A.F. Weaver's "Time Was in Mineral Wells," second edition.
Contributing Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library
"Crazy" Water Crystals Plant

"Crazy" Water Crystals Plant

Date: unknown
Creator: unknown
Description: The "Crazy" Water Crystals Plant was built in 1919. Mineral water was boiled down in the plant, until only the mineral crystals were left. The crystals became an early version of "instant food" when dissolved in water. Radio advertising in the 1930's over the Texas Quality Network, direct from the lobby of the Crazy Hotel, developed a market for the "Crazy Water Crystals" all over the world. This picture of the plant has been computer-enhanced.
Contributing Partner: Boyce Ditto Public Library
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