of Giddings' vintage depot|
TE photo, October
More Texas Depots
a J. Riely Gordon Courthouse,
this town is often overlooked because of its location. The long main street (Highway
290) demands a driver's attention, but one block North or South provides a respite
from the Austin-Houston traffic and allows a leisurely exploration. |
Several renovations of historic properties are underway, and plans are in
place to completely rebuild a replica of the old passenger station that will house
the Historic Museum.
Post Office Mural - "Cowboys
Receiving the Mail" by Otis Dozier circa 1939. This is one of the better
murals ... more|
The cemetery just west of town contains the grave of outlaw Bill
Longely. A phamplet on Mr. Longely, his victims, his capture, and hanging
is available at the Chamber of Commerce.
Having a highway run the length
(and then some) of your town, isn't always a good thing. In Giddings' case, many
of the residences that were there when the highway was widened have been put to
Texas Peanut Warehouse|
TE photo, 2002
ghost sign |
reappears in Giddings
Area Events Lee
County is also the home to The
Heritage Museum in nearby historic Serbin.
409-366-2441. Look for the signs south and west of town. The Wendish Church
is the site for the Annual Wendish Fest held the last Sunday in September,
but visit anytime for a scenic and tranquil drive. The adjoining cemetery contains
some unusual names and the geometric trimming of the Cedar trees makes this cemetery
Other area events include Home
Tours by the Lee County Heritage Society in Spring, and Gebertstag
Gallop, the largest Mountain Bike Race in Texas,
in October in nearby Warda.
Cotton in Giddings|
Postcard postmarked 1908 courtesy Will
TE photo, 2004
Texas Forum I
was looking for pictures of Dime
Box Texas and found your website. I enjoyed your story and agree on the chickens.
In 1981 I worked on the remodeling of the cafe in your picture. I was employed
by Dime Box Lumber as a carpenter. Probably the first "YANKEE" they ever hired.
Maybe the last! The pay was 1/2 of what Houston jobs paid. I always thought that
was why it was called Dime Box. Your story clarified that.
I will always
cherish the time I spent there and in nearby Giddings. Someday I hope to visit
the area and enjoy the stillness it has to offer. My heart goes out to all the
wonderful people whom I worked with at the former Lee Memorial Hospital in Giddings.-
Sincerely Yours, Richard Benton, March 19, 2005
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