172, south of Ganada, is this steer which I had decided, years ago,
was the steer I wanted to photograph to represent the
breed (and it finally posed). As you will notice its color is
Burnt Orange and White, too." -
Rudine Team, June 2008 photo.
in a Rice Hull
Jackson County’s “second city,” Ganado was originally known as Mustang
Settlement, after nearby Mustang Creek. Cattle ranching was the
primary economic engine and herds were driven to Louisiana for sale
and later to Kansas City. That came to an abrupt end with the coming
of the railroad in 1882.
A railroad official is credited with the name Ganado - which is Spanish
for “herd.” The name was well established when the post office opened
a short time later.
Scandinavian immigrants bought land and began farming in 1891. A second
wave of immigration brought Germans and Bohemians in the 1880s and
By 1914 the town was thriving with a rice mill and storage facilities,
750 citizens, a school district and a weekly newspaper.
More cubic feet than the rest of town’s buildings combined
His name is "Tex"...
You can imagine the surprise and pride that my husband had when
he was searching for an article in our Ganado community, when he
ran across a picture on Texas Escapes of our baby "Tex" and his
sidekick "Freckles". Tex has been part of our family since 1999,
when we bought him at 5 months old. We wanted a longhorn to put
on our own "little piece of Texas". Since then, his picture has
been taken by scores of folks who drive up and down Hwy. 172. Some
have driven up the drive and ask to pet him and get close up shots
and he's always a willing subject. I always knew that someday he
would be on a postcard or something similar and here we are!
Today he's approx. 1200 lbs with a horn spread of 8' 1" (including
the curl). We invite anyone to come on by and visit....
Thanks for making our boy a celebrity! - Clyde & Gail McDonald,
Ganado, TX, February 22, 2009
THE GANADO THEATER
AS A YOUNG LAD OF 12 YEARS OF AGE MY FAMILY MOVED TO GANADO WHERE
MY FATHER WAS TRANSFERRED BY HUMBLE OIL. THE GANADO THEATER WAS
ABOUT ALL THE ENTERTAINMENT THERE WAS IN THE TOWN OUTSIDE OF FOOTBALL.
THE OLD GANADO THEATER HAD NO MARQUEE AND HAD A SIGN OUT FRONT THAT
SAID SIMPLY GANADO. IT WAS PART OF THE LONG THEATER CHAIN, NOW EXTINCT,
WAS RUN BY A LITTLE OLD LADY NAMED MRS. STAHALLA AND BELIEVE YOU
ME SHE MADE US KIDS BEHAVE ON SATURDAYS. SHE WAS NOT ABOVE CALLING
PARENTS TO COME GET THEIR WAYWARD BRATS. THE OLD THEATER HAD A BALCONY
FOR WHITES AND ANOTHER ONE FOR BLACKS UP INTO THE 60S. THE GANADO
THEATER ( THAT'S WHAT IT WAS CALLED THEN SHOWED 2ND AND 3RD RUN
MOVIES, ADULTS 50 CENTS AND KIDS 25 CENTS. THE PROJECTOR WAS RUN
BY A YOUNG BOY NAMED ALVIN SVBODA, PRESENT OWNER OF SAME. THE GANADO
CENEMA HAD EVOLVED THROUGH MR. SVBODA'S CAPABLE HANDS INTO A FIRST
RATE, FIRST RUN SURROUND SOUND THEATER AND THE PRICES HAVE SLIGHTLY
GONE UP TO MEET DEMAND. THIS THEATER HAS FAR OUTLIVED IT'S SISTERS
IN SURROUNDING COUNTIES. THANK YOU - R.R. "HANK" GUPTON, ANAHUAC,
TEXAS, December 17, 2004
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