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Faulty Texas Geography Case Number 008CC
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by John Troesser

Colorado County
Colorado County - The Game
Courtesy Nesbitt Library

While searching the Internet for information concerning Columbus and Colorado County, Colorado County Historian Bill Stein repeatedly came across ads for this game. He sent for it and it has been put in a display case near the Texas room of the Nesbitt Library in Columbus.

It's long been known that Texas holds a fascination for some Europeans. Germans have had a keen interest in Texas - either due to their 19th Century immigration or the guest-worker program of 1943 - 1945.

For whatever reason - a company in Germany has produced a board game for people who want to live the adventure of early Texas - just without hardships or irritable Comanches.

The box cover shows happy, hardworking immigrants staking claims, looking both ways before crossing streams, and of course, enjoying the cool crisp Texas weather.

The illustration does bear a slight resemblance to the Texas Colorado River - it's the Swiss-looking snow-capped mountains in the background that Texas Colorado Countians find amusing.

If this landscape was authentic, "Mount Giddings" might rival Aspen as a ski resort and LaGrange might have to find funding for an avalanche patrol.


John Troesser
December 2002



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