Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Going Back in Time in South Central Texas

Cuero, Nordheim, Yoakum & Yorktown highlight History in June

"Back Thru Time History Celebration" is planned for each weekend in June at locations all across South Central Texas. Businesses, museums, libraries, history related organizations, antique stores, main street programs, chambers of commerce and others interested in celebrating the history of the area are participating.

Cuero, "The Way Life Ought To Be," is home to the DeWitt County Courthouse, currently being restored, and the DeWitt County Historical Museum. The Museum, located at 312 Broadway, will be open Sunday, June 4, between 1 pm and 5 pm. The building, built by Captain Sheppard, weathered the 1886 hurricane in Indianola before being relocated to Cuero.

Nordheim, "A Small Town with a Big Heart" located off Hwy 72 between Yorktown and Runge, hosts a number of historical sites and places of interest. Saturday, June 3, visitors can also tour Nordheim Historical Museum.

Yorktown, "A Texas Pioneer Settlement," is the oldest incorporated town in DeWitt County, was established in 1848. Yorktown Historical Museum, located in buildings originally owned and operated by Eckhardt & Sons as their mercantile store, will be open both Saturday, June 3, 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday, June 4, 12 noon to 4 pm.

Yoakum, "The Leather Capital of the World," also celebrates the tomato industry with the Tom Tom Festival, June 2-3. Yoakum Heritage Museum, 312 Simpson Street, is open from 1 pm to 4 pm, Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday, and from 10 am to 4 pm on Friday.

Read full article in the Cuero Record, May 31, 2006

DeWitt County Court House before restoration and Nixon, Texas images courtesy of

Galveston Hurricane 1900

More than 6,000 men, women and children lost their lives on September 8, 1900 the day of the Great Storm - the Galveston, Texas Hurricane of 1900. 106 years later the images are still haunting, the story still chilling of how this Katrina-like storm ripped through the prosperous island city. website from the Galveston Daily News

At Texas Old Photos - 1900 Galveston Hurricane Photos