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Have you a question concerning Texas history? One that's been burning your brain like an ice-cream headache? How do we spell relief? 

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Questions should concern Texas geography or history, be in English and answerable. Questions and answers will be posted in this page.

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7/13/00

Hello, I am interested in finding the location of the Gallagher Ranch featured recently on HGTV. It was mentioned as being located in the Texas Hill Country and having a great mission style architecture. Is it possible to take a tour? Thank you. The Creswells

Dear Creswells, Gallagher's Ranch is near Bandera, Texas, on San Geronimo Creek. It was founded in 1877 by Irish immigrant Peter Gallagher, and grew into a substantial community with its own school, post office, and general store. Several owners later, by 1946, the property and its rambling, native-stone ranch house was operating as a dude ranch. I couldn't find a web site for it, but you might try http://www.banderacowboycapital.com/ Yippy Ti-O! - Texpert



7/15/00

I received a jpeg of a school roster, Porter's Chapel School, (from the vicinity of Caldwell, Texas) that had the name "Brymer, Texas" on the front cover. Did Brymer, Texas ever really exist. The roster was dated 1899-1900. Thank you so much!

Dear Ed, There is, indeed, a community in Burleson County called Porter's Chapel, but I couln't locate Brymer. Perhaps that was the photographer's name. - Texpert


7/13/00

Hi, we are watching Walker, Texas Ranger (yes, sorry, a source of Texas lore for many of us outstaters) and they are in a town called Mournful, Texas. Is there really such a town, or was there a town called Mournful? It is such a gloomily poetic name, we were just curious. Thanks. Rebecca S.

Dear Rebecca, No, I couldn't find a community called Mournful. Perhaps it's close to Lonesome Dove! - Texpert


7/6/00

Dear Texpert: When I made a pilgrimage to Reklaw, Texas, I noticed I drove by a hamlet called Sacul, Texas ... was there some kind of a backward naming craze up there in East Texas or what? And do you know any other backwards communities? - Aussie

Dear Aussie, Sacul and Reklaw are railway towns that wanted to title themselves after neighboring landowners. Both names were rejected by the Post Office as already chosen, so the founders went with backward spellings. I've found no connection between the two places, but both began around 1900 and are situated on the Texas and New Orleans Railroad. In Corpus Christi, my home town, we have a subdivision and shopping center named Saxet. Hope this helps! -Texpert


3/31/00

Dear Texpert: As a child my aunt took us on a tour of the Austin/Round Rock area, showing us several sites including the Round Rock and Sam Bass' grave. Do both still exist and are they accessible to the public? - Teresa

Dear Teresa, Yes, both features await your visit. You can see the Round Rock itself in the middle of Brushy Creek (alongside the wagon wheel ruts) just south of the Chisolm Trail historic district. Go out Sam Bass Road to the RR Cemetery to find that notorious criminal's grave. Happy Exploration! -Texpert


3/ 19/ 2000

Dear Texpert: I saw the question about Texas Tea and I think the correct way to spell it would help figure the meaning--I have always thought of the saying as "Texas' T" as in the CAPITAL T of Texas since oil is (or once was) the "capital" $$$$ of TX. If one was to write it: Texas's T maybe more folks would catch that. What do you think? - Derek

Excellent guess--I like it! Otherwise, the term may well have originated with Flatt & Scruggs' "Beverly Hillbillies" theme. - Texpert


Dear Texpert: Here's something I am looking for and can't exactly find: Where is Stonehenge II? I know it's near Hunt or Ingram, but where? A painting of it is reproduced on the cover of the new English literature book just adopted by TX. It's fascinating and I'd like to take my students there on the way to San Antonio. Directions? Restrictions?? Thanks! - Margie Davis

Dear Margie, From Ingram, head west on TX 39 to Hunt, turn right onto RR 1340, and go just a few miles. The road curves left, and there's the monument with a sign proclaiming its scale and origins. Only restriction: don't climb. - Texpert



2/27/00

Dear Texpert: I want to be buried on my Texas ranch. What's the law? - TSR

Dear TSR, I'm not a lawyer, but some of my best friends are. As far as I can discern, you can do anything you wish on your own property. Check with your county board of healh. -Texpert

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