Texas Highways, Volume 43 Number 9, September 1995 Page: 2
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That's Why West!
The answer to Ms. Erwin's
question in last month's
Letters department about
North, East, South, and West
Texas not having the "ern"
on them is simple. Texas is
BIG enough and DIVERSE
enough to be considered five
separate states if we so choose.
However, since we are Tex-
ans, modesty is not one of our
strong suits, and thus the
glorified definitions about
our glorious regions!
Ed. Note: Of course, Ms. Hen-
dricks! Soon after we published
"Why West?," the answer hit us
like a hefty history book. The rea-
son we leave off "ern"from Texas
regions probably dates to annex-
ation. The ability to divide into
five separate states numbered
among the provisions when Texas
joined the Union 150 years ago.
Thanks to you, Ms. Hendricks,
and to Les Murphy of Dallas, who
called to answer our question.
We have enjoyed your ex-
cellent magazine for years,
and your articles have influ-
enced us to take many interest-
ing and satisfying trips to var-
ious places in our state. One
jaunt last spring was to the La
Bahia Scenic Highway [featured
in the April issue], and we thor-
oughly enjoyed the countryside,
historic sites and parks, and
the array of wildflowers. The
Antique Rose Emporium is
one of the loveliest nursery/
gardens we have ever seen.
We are wondering, though,
if the road has ever been im-
proved since Sam Houston
traveled the route! The high-
way was full of potholes and
stretches of missing pavement.
Is the Texas Department of
Transportation planning a
major repair project?
HAROLD AND CONNIE BALMOS
Ed. Note: Sorry you encountered
such a bumpy byway, Mr and
Ms. Balmos. According to David
L. McCannon, the department's
Area Engineer for Grimes and
Featured on page 39 of the July issue, this photo of Boot Hill
Cemetery in Old Tascosa is the result of two exposures-one
for the moon, the other for the cemetery.
Washington counties: "Over the
last year or so, Washington
County has experienced a large
influx of oil-related activities.
This type of trucking activity
places a major strain on road-
ways that were designed approxi-
mately 30 years ago to get the
'Farmer to Market.' We evaluate
all of our highways once a year to
determine priorities for alloca-
tion of our available resources.
Based on the latest evaluation,
FM 390 is now considered one
of our priority roads in Washing-
ton County for maintenance
and construction restoration.
While some repairs have been
completed, others are scheduled
for this October The rest of the
improvements will be made as
resources become available."
Tales of Tin Lizzie
egarding "Kings of the
IRoad" in the July issue: I
am 76 years old and remember
riding in my grandfather's Mod-
el T Ford. The year was circa
1923. It had leather straps fas-
tened from the front fenders
to the windshield on each side;
they held the windshield stur-
dy. The car had a cloth top that
folded back and side curtains
that snapped on. It also had
brass lamps on each side of the
windshield. My granddad lit
them, but the headlights oper-
ated off the battery. He was so
proud of his car, and he parked
it in the barn. The chickens
roosted on his car and he got
very upset about it. He did not
drive it to town until he washed
it. Later he built a shed to park
it under. He would get angry
if someone sat on the fenders
while he parked in town. He told
themto get off of his car. My
dad said that grandpa did not
know how to drive a car very
well, and when he drove the car
home, he said "whoa" at the
barn gate and ran through it.
J was completely blown away
by Wyman Meinzer's "Big
Skies" photos [May issue].
To say they were "awesome"
would not do them justice.
Why didn't my Abilene
mother tell me? Now I
know why my Dallas cousin
gets so excited about Big
Bend. The black-and-white
James Evans photos (July
1995) knocked my sox off.
Can't wait to visit.
Manchester, New Hampshire
If you would like to write to Texas Highways, the editors would
enjoy hearing from you. Though we are unable to print every letter,
we just might select yours to appear in the magazine-whether you
send us kudos or criticism. We reserve the right to edit letters we
print. Write to Letters Editor, Texas Highways, Box 141009, Austin
78714-1009, or fax 512/483-3672.
i from Tucson! First, let
me say that the stories in
your July issue were great. I
especially like the "Big Bend
in Black & White" article; the
photos were wonderful! On
page 39, in your article "Cana-
dian Country," there was a pho-
to of a full moon over the Boot
Hill Cemetery at sunset. Is this
photo a composite of two shots,
or a real shot? My mother (a
Texan) says that it's real, but
I think it's not, because the
moon never is in the same half
of the sky as the sunset/sun-
rise. Please tell me who is
right. I've got to know!
Ed. Note: While mothers are usu-
ally right, Mr Wood, you win on
this one. The photo is the result of
two exposures-Wyman Meinzer
photographed the moon with a
1,000 mm lens and Boot Hill
Cemetery with a 20 mm lens.
oly Canadian River! I was
profoundly stunned and
excited to see the superb
"Canadian Country" article by
John Erickson and great photos
by Wyman Meinzer in the July
issue. I have resided in Austin
for the past 35 years, but I grew
up in Phillips, a company town
in Hutchinson County that
existed for more than 60 years.
As a young boy, I would prowl
and hike, with my dog, the can-
yons and arroyos of the Cana-
dian River in the Phillips-Plem-
ons-Stinnett area. I remember
the treacherous quicksands,
beautiful flint rocks, Indian corn-
grinder sites, and variety of
indigenous wildlife. I was caught
up in the history of the Battle of
Adobe Walls and the life of buf-
falo hunter Billy Dixon. As a Boy
Scout, I had the thrill of camp-
outs at Lake Marvin near the
town of Canadian. I felt it was the
best place on earth. The Cana-
dian is truly a river of beauty.
You failed to mention the
wonderful Carson County
Square House Museum in
RICHARD J. KELLY
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