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- Texas Theatre, c1929 R - The Palace Theatre|
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Landmarks / Attractions
has an outstanding assortment of 19th century and early 20th century buildings.
It also has a devoted group of preservationists, local historians, an active garden
club and librarians who take care of business. It's also a Main Street City and
is home to a couple of writers, one of whom happens to be a town barber. |
We have to wonder if Janice Woods-Windle (author of True Women) co-authored
a book with Charley Eckhardt
of Badmen, Bad Women and Bad Places) if their book would be called Truly Bad
Tours & Area Destinations
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1898 Nolte Bank Building designed by J. Riely Gordon|
TE Photo October 2000
Hotel and the hanging tree|
Old postcard TE Archives
sites and homes
- The Seguin Chamber of Commerce has a map of historic sites and homes
and another on sites featured in the book True Women. Contact the chamber (1-830-379-6382)
for a complete list of the nearby attractions to Seguin. The
Seguin Driving Tour
as well as the True
Women Tour were
put together by Wilton Woods, brother of the author of True Women. Mr. Woods has
done extensive research on Seguin's architecture and visits his hometown several
times a year from his home in New York. Sebastopol
State Historic Park
is found on Seguin's Driving Tour.Book
Hotels: Seguin Hotels|
Photo courtesy Ken
Rudine, October 2009
from Seguin's Interesting History |
Southern Pacific Railroad Depot|
Razed in 1987
TE Postcard archives
Southern Pacific Railroad Depot c. 1910|
Razed in 1987
Seguin Railroad Station was demolished in the late 1980s when the railroad determined
that vacant stations along their line were liabilities. No consideration was given
to relocation, although the city would've gladly cooperated.
Photo courtesy TXDoT
When the railroad was the primary economic force in Seguin, a rail
line one mile long was extended to downtown to convey people and parcels downtown.
This mule-driven line was Seguin's only public transportation system. In addition,
the hotels that were in operation at that time had their private hacks which were
forerunners to our so-called "courtesy cars" of today.
Beef: It's what was for dinner in California|
1854, a Seguinite named Michael Erskine made trail driving history when he drove
1000 head of cattle from Guadalupe County to California. That's right, California.
No explanation was given for this destination, but we're sure the cattle were
put to good use. A few years later, one Andrew Erskine was killed at Antietam,
but we don't know if it was a son or brother of Michael.
in the Garden - Manhunt to the Red River
The Seguin Garden Club
is one of the few in the State of Texas to have a Texas Brands Inspector buried
on their grounds. By brands, of course we mean cattle brands. There was a bit
of brand changing going on in the area in 1877. The Inspector - a man named Henry
Holmes Batey made a request to inspect a rancher's cattle as they were about to
be driven across the Guadalupe River. The man refused and while Henry later napped
with his eyes shaded by his hat, he was shot in the head.
trailed the cowardly assassin all the way to the Red River. After he returned
he would only say that he saw the man ride into the river heading toward Indian
Territory. He was silent when asked if the man made it to the other side.
Book Hotels: Seguin
Tourist and Local Information|
Chamber of Commerce: 427 N. Austin Street
1-830-379-6382 Website: http://seguintx.org.
Hotel Here: Seguin
At one time, back in the early '80s, the Highway Department sign at Woman Hollering
Creek actually did read Woman Hollow Creek. It stayed that for about a year until
somebody got through to the folks who put up the signs & told them what the name
of the creek actually was. This was when there was an effort to identify the names
of all the rivers, creeks, & draws in the state & put road signs with the names
on them. There are a lot of 'Five Mile Creek,' 'Fifteen Mile Creek,' & similar
signs, because some of the creeks didn't have actual names. They were called "that
creek you cross five miles out of town on the County Seat road."
State 16 below San Antonio there's Macho Creek. This has nothing to do with the
modern usage of the word 'macho.' 'Macho' is the Spanish word for a gelded mule.
There's a creek in Seguin, tributary to the Guadalupe, that apparently
has never had a name. At any rate, when the state tried to find out the name of
the creek so a sign could be put up, no one--not even the oldest folks in town--could
remember the creek ever having a name. - C. F. Eckhardt, September 06, 2006
Escapes November 2000 Feature Town
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